CHASKA, MN—ViaWest has announced it will build a 150,000-sq.-ft. data center here at the former Entegris Inc. headquarters building to provide a suite of premium wholesale and retail colocation, managed and cloud services.
The company purchased the 28 acres here that was reportedly worth $6 million. ViaWest said in a statement that it intends to apply for Uptime Institute Tier IV design certification for the facility upon completion of design documents. ViaWest expects to commence construction of its 150,000 square-foot facility in time to permit availability in the first quarter of 2014.
Businesses in the Minnesota region have followed the national trend of IT infrastructure outsourcing to achieve competitive advantage, according to ViaWest. Cloud adoption has gained momentum, although concerns regarding compliance and security particularly within the region’s healthcare, financial and government sectors have increased.
“Demand within our hybrid niche has continued to increase and we have identified the Minneapolis region as a market in which our local approach to meeting customer needs with tailored solutions will be well-served,” said Nancy Phillips, President and CEO for ViaWest, in the statement. “Following the ViaWest blueprint, we plan to plant our flag in Minnesota, become a part of the community by hiring local technology talent and elevate business growth throughout the region.”