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DataBank, from Dallas, Texas, has decided to locate a new data center facility in the former Taystee Bakery distribution center in Eagan.

The 88,000-square-foot data center will be what is known as a “colocation facility” and multi-tenant “Carrier Hotel.” It will provide an entry-point for multiple telecommunications providers and carriers to connect from other cities, while providing the redundancy and reliability required by DataBank for its clients. DataBank offers a suite of managed data center services for customers, with additional operations in Dallas, Minneapolis and Kansas City.

Dakota Electric Association serves power to the location and along with its power supplier, Great River Energy, Maple Grove, played a significant role in helping secure DataBank’s decision to move to Dakota County.

“We have been meeting with DataBank personnel for quite some time discussing the benefits of setting up shop in Dakota County,” Dakota Electric’s economic development director Mark Lofthus said. Along with other benefits, Dakota Electric and Great River Energy met with DataBank officials and discussed the utilities’ ability to provide reliable, competitively priced power.

“Both electrical availability and grid diversity played a big role in our site selection for this data center facility,” said Tim Moore, CEO of DataBank.  “Dakota Electric and Great River Energy partnered with us throughout our process, and we have the utmost confidence in them to deliver the robust access, flexibility and reliability demands we require to deploy a flagship multi-tenant data center in this region.”

As a member-owned electric cooperative, Dakota Electric strives to grow the local economy for the good of everyone in the area.

“As a cooperative, we want to help improve the lives of everyone who lives and works in this area,” Dakota Electric CEO Greg Miller said. “We are really excited that we could help bring DataBank to Dakota County. Dakota Electric seeks to be a resource to any business wanting to expand or move to this area.”

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