In a bold move outside its more traditional service footprint, ViaWest today announced plans for its newest Tier IV design-certified data center to be built in the Minneapolis, Minnesota region.

ViaWest, Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Paul, Saint Paul, Tier IV, Tier III, Tier 4, Tier 3, data center, colocation, managed services, cloud computing, cloud provider, cloud services, cloud hosting, hybrid cloud, infrastructure outsourcing, Nancy Phillips, Dave Leonard, Las Vegas, Lone Mountain, Uptime InstituteRecognizing strong business demand for a colocation provider offering a broader range of services, ViaWest evaluated several key markets and completed the acquisition of 28 acres of land, existing buildings and infrastructure in a Minneapolis suburb. From this location, ViaWest will offer its comprehensive suite of premium wholesale and retail colocation, managed and cloud services.

Businesses in the Minnesota region follow the national trend of IT infrastructure outsourcing to achieve competitive advantage. These businesses are looking for hybrid environments to leverage both existing IT infrastructure and emerging cloud resources to find the right balance of cost, scalability and security.

“Demand within our hybrid niche has continued to increase, and we have identified the Minneapolis region as a market where our local approach to meeting customer needs ViaWest, Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Paul, Saint Paul, Tier IV, Tier III, Tier 4, Tier 3, data center, colocation, managed services, cloud computing, cloud provider, cloud services, cloud hosting, hybrid cloud, infrastructure outsourcing, Nancy Phillips, Dave Leonard, Las Vegas, Lone Mountain, Uptime Institutewith tailored solutions will be well-served,” explains Nancy Phillips, President and CEO for ViaWest. “We plan to plant our flag in Minnesota, become a part of the community by hiring local technology talent and elevate business growth throughout the region.”

ViaWest continues to set the standard for data center design and innovation. ViaWest’s Las Vegas data center is the first colocation facility in North America to receive Tier IV design certification from the Uptime Institute. This designation is the highest possible and demonstrates industry-leading quality and uptime. ViaWest intends to apply for Uptime Institute Tier IV design certification for its Minneapolis facility upon completion of design documents.

ViaWest expects to commence construction of its 150,000 square-foot facility in time to permit availability in the first quarter of 2014.

You can view today’s full press release on the ViaWest website.