OneNeck IT Solutions announced in August that the expansion of its Minnesota data center is complete and the facility is fully operational.
The $12 million expansion of the data center, located in Minneapolis suburb Eden Prairie, added 6,000 square feet of raised floor space to the facility, giving the building a total of 18,000 square feet and making it one of the largest Tier III data centers in the Midwest. The expansion was necessary with the original facility at capacity and an increased demand for a Tier III provider in the area.
“For our customers, this certification provides peace of mind because it guarantees uptime availability,” said OneNeck president and CEO Phil LaForge. “Many customers need production environment assurances and guarantees the data center will also be operational so they can run mission-critical applications anytime. Attaining and maintaining Tier III status provides them that certainty.”
The renovation involved upgrading a number of facility features, including expanding the data center’s command center and building new meeting rooms. New generators, cooling towers and UPS and CRAC units were also added during the expansion.
The computer room floor of the Minnesota data center is capable of supporting 4 MW of critical load and the facility has been outfitted with a variety of technologies that emphasize security and reliability. The building was constructed to be fail-safe and comply with multiple regulation guidelines, including HIPAA, PCI-DSS and SSAE 16. The latter requires a list of protective and structural amenities such as biometric scanners, multiple levels of redundancy, precast concrete and steel reinforced walls, a VESDA fire detection system and the ability to withstand tornadoes and other extreme weather.
The Minnesota data center is just one of six facilities OneNeck operates in the U.S, with a Denver data center currently being constructed.