DataBank to expand Minnesota data centre by additional 15,000 sq ft
DataBank, Ltd has announced a 15,000 sq ft expansion of data centre capacity for its premier Minneapolis/Saint Paul-area facility located in Eagan, Minnesota.
The completion of the site's third data hall, scheduled to open in September, will increase the facility's overall footprint to over 40,000 sqft of white-floor data center space.
The purpose-built building opened in May of 2015, MSP-2 and is one of two data centre locations the company currently operates in the region to offer enterprise businesses redundancy and uptime availability.
With over a dozen on-site network providers with diverse entry routes, the building serves a dual-role as a premier enterprise class multi-tenant colocation facility as well as a regional carrier-hotel and peering hub.
DataBank's MSP-2 is Tier-III certified by the Uptime Institute for both its design and construction and delivers some of the highest specifications available in a multi-tenant data centre in the State of Minnesota.
Configured to support high-density power deployments, the site offers true 2N power redundancy including dual 10MW feeds from diverse power substations.
“We are very pleased with the continued growth in the Minneapolis market,” said Kevin Ooley, President of DataBank.
“The MSP-2 data center is rapidly becoming an important hub for regional interconnection and peering. We are seeing strong growth from our existing customers and the quality of the location and design has allowed us to support the needs of regional enterprise businesses looking for premier colocation and cloud services.”
In addition to DataBank's two Minneapolis-area sites, the company also operates data centres in Dallas, Kansas City, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City.
Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”