ViaWeLogo-VW_gold_RGB_v_serv_lgst, a leading hybrid colocation provider in North America, announces the qualification of its Chaska, Minnesota data center for the state’s tax incentive program, sponsored by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Effective immediately, the program provides a sales tax exemption for ViaWest customers on IT investments within ViaWest’s Minnesota data center. This exemption includes IT equipment such as servers, cabinets, networking gear, software and other hardware.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area was ranked by Forbes magazine in the top 20 Best Places for Business and Careers, and is home to many Fortune 500 companies. Business growth and new job creation are on the rise in the area, emphasizing the growing need for companies to ensure that their data and applications are secure and available. ViaWest’s Chaska data center will offer 70,000 square feet of white floor space, one of the largest available in Minnesota, to support customer growth now and into the future. ViaWest provides a full suite of customized IT solutions including colocation, managed services, cloud infrastructure and compliant solutions.

calculator-428294_640“ViaWest’s qualification for this program provides another benefit to companies seeking data center space and colocation in Minnesota,” states Dan Curry, ViaWest’s Director of Sales for Minnesota. “This program, combined with Minnesota’s low electricity costs and lack of personal property taxes, allows our customers and future customers to reduce significantly the total cost of ownership and reinvest those savings in their businesses.”

“ViaWest is a growing company and we are grateful for their expansion into Minnesota and how their company has become a part of our strong technology ecosystem and community,” comments Kevin McKinnon, Deputy Commissioner of Economic Development at MN Department of Employment and Economic Development. “Minnesota’s central location and low risk of natural disasters make it attractive for enterprise office sites and headquarters, as well as an ideal location for companies to collocate their IT infrastructure.”

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