Dakota Carrier Network to build $5mn Fargo data centre

By Dale Benton
A 14,000-square-foot data centre looks set to be constructed in Fargo, as the demand for secure, reliable data storage space continues to grow. Dakota...

A 14,000-square-foot data centre looks set to be constructed in Fargo, as the demand for secure, reliable data storage space continues to grow.

Dakota Carrier Network, the leading regional communications network provider in North Dakota, announced earlier this month that it will build its second data centre in the last two years, as customers seek out more secure and reliable co-location provider networks.

The $5mn project will see DCN build a 14,000-square-foot Tier III data centre in Fargo, built in a hardened bunker format with redundant cooling and electrical systems. This will protect the building against F4 tornadoes and power outages, tapping into that demand for reliability.

The data centre will also include two independent power feeds and two generators.

DKN has built four data centres in the last 11 years, as the data centre industry continues to be one of the fastest growing markets in the world.

Border States Electric has already signed on to be the first anchor tenant.

“The complexity of designing and maintaining a redundant data centre built to withstand all of the natural and cyber threats that exist in our world today is not cost effective, even for large companies like ours,” said Ryan Stall, senior vice president Strategy Enablement & IT at Border States Electric. “When we weighed the pros and cons, it was clear that colocation offered the most secure, efficient and economical solution to meet our data centre needs.”

DCN partnered with security solutions providers A10 Network and Kentik Technologies to provide the latest DDoS (distributed denial of service) protection to its data centre customers. The service allows DCN to continuously monitor data as it enters the client’s servers and quickly re-route suspect data.

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As more and more data is being consumed and stored, DCN has recently partnered with a number of security solution providers, with customers demanding more secure and safe storage opportunities.

“Cybercriminals are constantly inventing new methods to hack into customers’ data, so businesses must have access to the latest security measures in order to stay one step ahead of them,” DCN CEO Seth Arndorfer said.

 “As a data centre operator, we can partner with the best security providers and pass that technology along to our customers, which, in turn allows DCN to better protect customers’ data.”


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