C Spire to build $20M Southeast data center in Starkville, Miss.

C Spire, a growing competitive wireline and wireless provider, has hatched a plan to construct a new $20 million data center in Mississippi targeting its growing business customers' need for cloud-based services.

The facility will be located at a 6.5-acre site at the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park in Starkville. Construction is set to begin next month.

The service provider said that when the center opens it will be one of only 52 in the U.S. with a Tier 3 or 4 rating, which is the highest based on Uptime Institute's data center certifications.

In addition to being in a low-risk geographic zone, the center has direct access to C Spire's ring-based fiber network and will be managed 24x7 by the service provider's own local IT staff.

Having connectivity into its own network means that the service provider has more control over quality. It can also more easily cross sell other traditional connectivity products such as IP-based voice and fiber-based Internet.   

Besides selling colocation space, the service provider plans to offer a suite of managed hosting, computing, storage, disaster recovery, enterprise cloud services, network and connectivity. It plans to sell data center services via its C Spire Business solutions unit.

When this facility is completed, the service provider will have a total of three data centers in Mississippi. It also operates data centers in Ridgeland and downtown Jackson.

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