US Signal breaks ground on 20,000 sq. ft. data center in Grand Rapids

US Signal has begun building out a new 20,000 sq. ft. data center at its Grand Rapids, Mich., home base to accommodate the growth of its cloud and managed service offerings.

Set to open in July 2014, the service provider said the new West Michigan area facility will be a purpose-built data center that includes expansion capabilities for up to 40,000 square feet.

This new center will also become a network hub to its seven existing Midwest-based data centers and will add access points for its Cloud Hosting product line.

Although much of its focus is on the Midwest markets, one differentiator that US Signal brings to the table is network reliability and control. The service provider has connected all of its wholly-owned data centers to its 14,000-route mile fiber network.  

Area customers will also be able to get access to over 600 PoP sites and various service providers that have established interconnections into the facility, and to multiple physically diverse and protected fiber routes. Some of the fiber and IP-based services include up to 100G services over redundant DWDM, SONET, Ethernet, and MPLS architectures.

As it continues to build out data center and network infrastructure, the service provider has been working to appeal to specific vertical markets such as health care. US Signal recently achieved HIPAA accreditation for its Hosted Private Cloud product.

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