In mid-April, zColo, the colocation branch of Zayo Group Holding, announced that it had launched a new Colorado data center in downtown Denver. This is the company's third facility in the city.
The new Denver data center includes 19,000 square feet of space, 2MW of redundant power and a 2N cooling system. The facility, a carrier-neutral data center, offers zColo clients a range of interconnectivity options via Zayo's robust fiber network spanning a total of 82,000 miles across the country.
zColo President Stephanie Copeland noted that the addition of this new facility represents a strategic expansion for the organization. The company recently acquired Latisys, a provider of colocation and infrastructure-as-a-service, which operated two Denver data centers.
"With the addition of a third facility in the Denver area, we are able to offer customers broad availability of high-quality data center and interconnect-oriented colocation, connected by a deep fiber footprint," Copeland said.
This new downtown Denver data center brings zColo's total footprint in the region to 159,000 square feet. The facilities also ensure security through compliance with SSAE 16, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA and PCI DSS.
Zayo Group currently operates 45 carrier-neutral facilities in the U.S. and France, including three Chicago data centers, three California data centers and three Washington data centers.
Colorado Attracts Data Center Operators
Zayo Group is one of several data center operators to expand in the Colorado region recently. The state offers a number of benefits for the data center industry, including a favorable climate and cost-efficient utility resources.
State legislators also recently voted to support data center tax incentives for companies that invest a considerable amount in constructing or refurbishing facilities in Colorado. In late February, the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee voted 11-1 to allow data center operators to benefit from tax breaks on the purchase of computing and telecommunications equipment.
Although some fear that a measure like this could impact the state's economic growth, experts point out that there are advantages for the state as well as the data center companies. For instance, a 100,000-square-foot Colorado data center could help establish as many as 160 job opportunities in the technology field and other supporting industries. A 5-year-old 50,000-square-foot facility would generate an estimated $15 million in property taxes over that time period.
"While data centers are no doubt going to continue to be established all over the country, the question is whether Colorado is going to be a hub for those centers," noted Denver Rep. Dan Pabon.
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