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LightEdge enters Minneapolis market with data center acquisition

LightEdge enters Minneapolis market with data center acquisition

Colocation provider LightEdge has announced its entry into Minneapolis with the acquisition of a 76,000-square-foot, 3.6 MW data center in Chaska, Minnesota.

The company unveils that the facility is ISO 27001, PCI DSS, SOC (1, Type 1 & 2, Type 2), and LEED Silver certified. LightEdge also expanded certifications at the location — including HIPAA, HITRUST, ISO 20000, ISO 22301, NIST, ITAR and CJIS, in a bid to cater to sectors like finance, insurance, and healthcare.

Additionally, the Minneapolis data center is part of Minnesota’s data center tax incentive program which offers up to 40% reductions in total occupancy costs.

The newly acquired data center boasts some incentives including no sales tax on all IT equipment, data center infrastructure, computer licensing and software, and electricity used at the facility, as well as no personal property tax.

Features of the facility include three private data hall spaces across three data center suites, two utility feeds from two substations, and disaster recovery office space backed by 2N or N+1 Tier 3 concurrent maintainable configurations. 25 miles from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International airport, the company notes that the hub has been designed to withstand 185-mile-per-hour winds.

“We are excited to enter the Minneapolis market, invest in this rapidly growing region and deliver our best-in-class IT solutions to a new state,” says Jim Masterson, CEO of LightEdge.

“We are dedicated to building and supporting tailored cloud solutions delivered from in-market data centers that meet the rigorous demands of enterprise-grade operations and empower local companies with seamless connectivity and the robust infrastructure needed to thrive in today’s digital landscape.”

Founded in 1996, LightEdge currently owns and operates 12 purpose-built data centers across the U.S. In 2021, GI Partners acquired a controlling stake in LightEdge, with a thesis to support the growth of the business. Since then, LightEdge has made three acquisitions, added five data centers, expanded its network capacity tenfold, and upgraded its cloud portfolio.

The data center in Minneapolis has capacity available, and the company notes it can support AI workloads with 50+ KW racks and high-density deployments. LightEdge says it also plans to hire additional sales and support staff in the Minneapolis market as the team expands operations.

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