LightEdge Solutions Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Cloud Computing and Data Center company enters into its twentieth year in the Information Technology Industry
DES MOINES, IA – January 26, 2016 – LightEdge Solutions, a cloud computing and data center provider, today announced that the company has officially entered its twentieth year in business. LightEdge was founded in 1996 as an Internet Service Provider and has been a pioneer in the managed IT services arena in the Midwest since 2003. LightEdge’s original local Iowa investors included John Pappajohn, Principal Financial Group and Farm Bureau Financial. In 2008, The Anschutz Corporation purchased LightEdge giving the company the financial strength to continue expansion throughout the Midwest.
LightEdge launched its cloud product set in the early 2000’s and over the last two decades the company has successfully leveraged their network heritage to evolve into an industry leader in cloud services. LightEdge today has one of the broadest product portfolios in the enterprise cloud industry supported by a world class consulting organization located throughout the LightEdge markets.
The company has also been executing a supporting strategic vision to build and operate their own geographically redundant colocation data centers that provide a secure location for their fully replicated, regional cloud environments. Their facilities also provide world class colocation for companies seeking to secure 24X7 managed space for racks, cages and private suite environments. LightEdge was the first to build a tier 3 type “green field” colocation data center in the Iowa market. Since opening the Altoona Data Center in 2007, several major data center facilities including Facebook and Microsoft have opened in the area due to the benefits that the central Iowa region offers. In 2014 LightEdge opened a second colocation facility located underground at SubTropolis in Kansas City, MO.
In addition to the large capital investments in their local data centers, the company has significantly increased local staff over the years and prides themselves on their highly skilled and dedicated workforce. LightEdge is very active in their local communities participating in several ongoing charity efforts including Meals from the Heartland, Easter Seals Iowa, Ronald McDonald House, Big Slick and more.
Key senior executives, CEO, Jim Masterson, and COO, Jeff Springborn, have both been with the company for 12 years. “I can’t tell you how honored I am to work with such dedicated and committed employees. Our culture represents one of great passion, great attitude and a commitment to our customers. Jeff and I are humbled to be a part of this team at LightEdge,” said Jim Masterson, chief executive officer.
About LightEdge Solutions
LightEdge Solutions is an experienced and proven leader in, data center, Enterprise IT cloud solutions, and network integration, providing businesses with reliable access to Fortune 100-level infrastructure that quickly adapts and scales to meet changing business requirements. LightEdge, which is owned by The Anschutz Corporation, was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. LightEdge serves both Midwestern and national companies from its five regional office locations with scalable and customized IT solutions that leverage a fully redundant network backbone connecting all carrier neutral data centers, as well as an experienced team of engineers.