Green House Data has announced officially that the State of Wyoming will migrate some of their existing data centers to Green House Data’s newest Cheyenne location.
During a grand opening ceremony that took place on Wednesday, July 30, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead shared with a crowd of close to 250 people that the State and Green House Data had entered into an agreement.
This initial purchase is part of the State’s larger plan to retire their existing data centers, citing aging infrastructure and increased operating costs.
“Green House Data is an example of Wyoming matching a great business climate with our many natural advantages for data centers. We are pleased for Green House Data and its employees,” Governor Matt Mead said. “Using Wyoming companies and knowing those companies have the expertise and talent to get the job done is exciting. This is a sound decision for Wyoming.”
The 35,000 sq ft, 5 MW data center is Green House Data’s second facility in Cheyenne. Key factors in selecting the southeast Wyoming location include the region’s characteristically cool, dry climate that allows for year-round cooling with outside ambient air; a very low risk for natural disasters; and state tax incentives that include sales tax relief for computer equipment purchases.
“Our headquarters are in Cheyenne, and the State has always supported us tremendously,” said Shawn Mills, president, Green House Data. “Today, we are thrilled to continue this partnership in a more formal way.”
Under the leadership of Gov. Mead and through programs like its Managed Data Center Cost Reduction Grant and the Data Center Sales Tax Exemption, the region has attracted Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft and Echostar as well as leading super-computing facilities like the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
“Public-private partnerships such as this one play a key role in ensuring the public has access to the high level of service they expect while still keeping costs controlled,” said Flint Waters, CIO, State of Wyoming. “From a technology standpoint, this move will allow us to better serve our constituents while remaining fiscally responsible.”