DCN to build Tier III data centre in Fargo

22 August 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe

Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) is set to build a 14,000 sq ft Tier III data centre in Fargo to meet growing demand from customers for secure, reliable data storage space.

DCN 280 x 420The new centre, which will be located at 3901 Great Plains Drive and will be connected to DCN’s existing data centre, was approved by DCN’s board of directors. The project, which will cost approximately $5 million, will increase the centre’s server floor space by six times. 

“The complexity of designing and maintaining a redundant data centre built to withstand all of the natural and cyber threats that exist in our world today is not cost effective, even for large companies like ours,” said Ryan Stall, senior vice president strategy enablement & IT at Border States Electric, which has already signed on to be the newly expanded centre’s first anchor tenant.

“When we weighed the pros and cons, it was clear that colocation offered the most secure, efficient and economical solution to meet our data centre needs.”

This is DCN’s second data centre expansion project in two years, and its fourth data centre project in the last 11 years. Every DCN facility is built in a hardened bunker format with redundant cooling and electrical systems, which protect the buildings against F4 tornadoes with winds up to 200mph, and power outages, effectively ensuring the data centres will never be offline. To qualify as a Tier III building, the Fargo data centre will also include two independent power feeds and two generators.

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In addition to protecting its data centres from physical threats by adhering to strict construction specifications, DCN continuously invests in the most up-to-date technologies to provide top-level cyber security for its customers. Most recently, DCN partnered with security solutions providers A10 Network and Kentik Technologies to provide the latest distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection to its data centre customers. The service allows DCN to continuously monitor data as it enters the client’s servers and quickly re-route suspect data.

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DCN CEO Seth Arndorfer added: “Cybercriminals are constantly inventing new methods to hack into customers’ data, so businesses must have access to the latest security measures in order to stay one step ahead of them. As a data centre operator, we can partner with the best security providers and pass that technology along to our customers, which, in turn allows DCN to better protect customers’ data.”

The news was announced at the annual State of Technology conference is hosted by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and Sen. John Hoeven.

Work on the project is tentatively set to begin in August 2017 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.