Thereâ€™s been quite a bit of â€˜rumbleâ€™ about Wal-Martâ€™s Colorado Spring Data Center. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the worldâ€™s No. 1 retailer has a 210,000 square foot data center under construction. As previous photo blogs have shown, it is well on its way to be completed by the end of 2012.
So if these mega-companies are so discerning, why are they selecting Colorado Springs? The team at Vineyard Data Center Park knows best. According to Vince Colarelli, a principle with Vineyard LLC and owner of Colarelli Construction, Colorado Springs was named one of the ten best cities for data centers by American Banker, the report cite cost of operations and security as key advantages. Vineyard takes it a step further. Theyâ€™re building a â€˜very green-focused type of data center park.â€™ The data center park will be supported by biomass and waste-to-energy plants powered by Colorado Springs Utilities.
Colorado Springs offers a hotbed of sustainable energy and cooling options, tax incentive programs, immense power supply and is safe guarded from natural disasters and major terrorist threats. It appears that companies, like FedEx, Hewlett Packard, Verizon, Progressive Insurance and Wal-Mart are on to something. With Vineyard Data Center Parkâ€™s construction underway, many other companies will be able to take advantage of the natural benefits offered in Colorado Springs â€“ without investing $100â€™s million.