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Wed November 16, 2011
New data center to open in Cheyenne
Governor Matt Mead and other state officials are touting a new data center, which will be built in Cheyenne.
Green House data will build the $35 million facility, which will be 100-percent wind-powered.
Green House Data currently has a data center in Cheyenne. The company says grants and aid from the Wyoming Business Council were vital in choosing Wyoming as a home, and building a second center.
"The challenge here in Wyoming – there’s tons of broadband - the problem is that nobodies buying it," said company president Shawn Mills. "And so the economies of this scale just aren’t here yet. For instance in LA bandwidth is sold at 10 dollars a megabit. Here in Cheyenne, it’s in the 50 dollars a megabit, so there’s a real economy to scale issue that we have to overcome, and with the business council's incentive, we’ve been able to overcome those incentives and be able compete on a national basis."
The new 25-thousand square-foot center is slated to open in 2013, and is expected to bring up to 25 tech jobs to Cheyenne. It will shore up Green House's abilities to provide cloud computing services, equipment space and bandwidth for rental and retail customers.