Savvis, which is a division of CenturyLink, will open the doors on a new data center in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in the spring of next year.
The Savvis MP2 data center, which will be located in Shakopee, is the region's first multitenant LEED and Tier III-certified data center. The data center will serve up colocation, cloud and managed hosted services once its open.
Built to support 4.8 megawatts of IT load on 100,000 square feet of raised floor space, the data center will open with an initial 1.2 megawatts and 13,000 square feet of raised floor space.
"The Twin Cities area has long served as a hub of activity to retailers, consumer brands, healthcare and media companies, all of which need more convenient and secure ways to access, maintain and manage their rapidly expanding data," said Jeff Von Deylen, president, Savvis. "Our investment in the MP2 data center signifies our strong commitment to providing businesses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region with access to world-class colocation, cloud and managed-hosting services."
Compass Datacenters will develop the data center on 10 acres of property it owns in Shakopee, which is a Minneapolis suburb, and lease the facility to Savvis.
MP2, which joins Savvis' existing data center in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, will enable businesses to deploy hybrid cloud solutions that leverage network, colocation, managed hosting and managed services. Clients will have free access to Savvis ClientConnect, an online gateway for businesses to expand their capabilities by locating, connecting and sharing services with other businesses residing across Savvis' global data center footprint.
"As we expand our data center footprint around the world, we understand the urgency in the Twin Cities area for flexible and reliable IT solutions," said David Meredith, senior vice president and general manager, Savvis. "Working with Compass, we've set a competitive timeline for delivering carrier diversity, interconnectivity and cloud services at pace with market demands."
Savvis operates more than 50 data centers worldwide, with more than 2.4 million square feet of gross raised floor space throughout North America, Europe and Asia.