IT solutions provider NOVA Corp., which is owned by the Navajo Nation, will flip the switch on the first phase of its massive Albuquerque data center June 3. The first 6,000 square feet of space will come online at that time with 250 cabinets, each housing 52 servers.
The 133,000-square-foot facility, which is located in the Mesa del Sol community of Albuquerque, was announced in 2011, and construction started in 2013. Though NOVA has historically been focused on serving government offices like the U.S. Department of Defense, the new vendor-neutral New Mexico data center will allow the company to branch out into other areas of business.
"Geographically, Albuquerque provides a stable location without serious risk of natural disasters, ability to utilize ambient air cooling and reduced risk of targeted threat to the area," said company president and CEO John Snider when the Albuquerque data center was first announced. "It is also located near the Navajo Nation, which will allow us to generate jobs and incubate businesses for the Navajo people."
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