Underground data center will be rock solid, literally

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When choosing a location for your data center, consider the environmental risk associated with the geographic location. Earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados can all cause outages. Even so, it is possible to design and build a facility to withstand practically any disaster.

But the cost to harden the facility will be significant – if not cost prohibitive – for most organizations. For that reason, companies seeking ultra-secure hosting that will survive any eventuality are increasingly taking operations underground.

LightEdge is currently building phase one of an underground data center that is located in SubTropolis Technology Center (STC) – one hundred feet below ground in Kansas City, Mo. Made possible by 270-million-year-old limestone formations that are unique to certain areas of the Midwest, STC provides a subterranean fortress.

Because STC is naturally hardened by Mother Nature, protection from natural disasters is built-in, without the added cost needed to fortify surface buildings. Plus construction costs are less to begin with since the limestone floor and ceiling already exist. Our facility is built to Tier III standards and is located within a solid limestone structure six times stronger than concrete. You can forget about the potential business impact of a tornado, 500 year flood, earthquake or EMP. Our facility is virtually impervious to it all.

In addition to the inherent benefits the underground location offers, Kansas City is home to one of the most advanced telecommunications networks; is ranked one of the best cities for constant, uninterrupted power service; and has a deep talent pool of IT professionals thanks to the 5,700 tech companies – including Sprint, Garmin, DST Systems and Cerner – located in the area.

LightEdge’s Kansas Center data center is scheduled to open during the Spring of this year. Check out our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn pages for the most recent photos of our construction progress. Check out our website or download the Kansas City Data Center spec sheet to learn more about the facility here.