Savvis, CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) data center and cloud subsidiary, will expand its North American presence with the opening of a new data center in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area next spring.
When the MP2 data center is complete, it will support 4.8 megawatts of IT load on 100,000 square feet of raised floor space. Initially, it will offer 1.2 megawatts of power and 13,000 square feet of raised floor space.
Compass Datacenters will develop the data center on 10 acres of property it owns in Shakopee, Minn., a Minneapolis suburb. As part of the agreement, Compass will lease the facility to Savvis.
This is the second data center Savvis will operate in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Savvis said MP2 will enable businesses to deploy hybrid cloud solutions that leverage network, colocation, managed hosting and managed services. In addition, customers will have access to Savvis' ClientConnect, an online gateway that expands their capabilities by locating, connecting and sharing services with other businesses residing across Savvis' global data center footprint.
One of the unique attributes of the MN2 center is that it has received certification from both the Uptime Institute and the U.S. Green Building Institute's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
Scaling its data center footprint has been a ongoing initiative for Savvis.
In addition to this planned expansion in Minneapolis, Glen Post, CEO of CenturyLink said during the company's second quarter earnings call that they "expect to add a total of approximately 87,000 saleable square feet of which over 57,000 has been added in the first half of the year."
Similar to its next-gen Ethernet business services, the data hosting segment that Savvis operates has become a growth engine for its parent company. Second quarter colocation and managed hosting revenues rose 7.4 percent year-over-year. Likewise, colocation revenues rose 2.1 percent to $145 million, while managed hosting revenues rose 21 percent to $134 million.
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