Venyu has begun construction on its new Jackson, MS, data center. Located within the former McRae's Department Store, the Mississippi facility is the company’s fourth data center, totaling over 67,000 sq ft at an estimated construction cost of $35 million. The new business resource will offer cloud hosting, cloud backup & disaster recovery services as well as colocation space to host company networking devices. In addition, Venyu is leasing the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) space to serve as headquarters for its  Center for Telehealth.

"Venyu is a company predicated on making a positive community impact, whether it's leveraging the latest power-saving initiatives or creating new jobs,” said Scott Thompson, president, Venyu. “Our new Jackson, Mississippi data center is the perfect location to complement our two existing facilities and further help companies take advantage of cloud and disaster recovery data services.”

The new Jackson data center is being structurally reinforced and built to the same high availability and redundant specifications as its Baton Rouge BTR2 facility, which opened in the spring of 2014. The facility is being constructed with an innovative second floor level for cooling (HVAC units). Additional facility features will include:

  • Office space for six to eight employees
  • 360 total rack capacity
  • A total of four emergency generators, one mW each in an N+1 configuration
  • UPS configuration providing 1800kW available capacity in an N+1 configuration
  • Power distribution supplied via high-efficiency transformers and overhead bus
  • A total of eight, 200 ton, nominal air cooled chillers, feeding eight Air Handling Units (AHUs)
  • Facility will be serviced by a minimum of three communication providers

Within the new facility, Venyu is also providing space for UMMC to house their rapidly growing telehealth program. UMMC’s entire operation center will leverage Venyu’s power and network connectivity to efficiently administer telehealth services across the state of Mississippi, without requiring doctors or the patients to travel.

"The telehealth program is a model of success in other states seeking to expand their reach into rural underserved areas. We are proud to be a part of this innovative service that uses technology to deliver health care services virtually anywhere," Thompson concluded.