The nation’s first municipal community data center has officially opened in Westerville’s back yard. The WeConnect® community data center, five years in the making, began as a vision to bring the technology of the future to the City of Westerville.
The center serves as a connectivity hub – or data hotel of sorts – for local and regional business, offering world-class support for cloud computing, co-location, broadband services and server rack space and security. A carrier-neutral facility, the data center provides businesses of all sizes access to the most advanced technologies so they can thrive locally but compete globally. The data center is being managed by Data Recovery Services (DRS), a Youngstown-based technology firm. The unique relationship between DRS and Westerville maintains the City-owned infrastructure (data center and fiber) while data center services are provided and managed by DRS and broadband services are provided by commercial carriers.
Construction on the 16,000-square-foot-facility was completed last November, with the first business moving into space last December to take advantage of a suite of services designed to help local businesses grow. “The City has invested in a fiber backbone that spans the circumference of our corporate limits, and the data center is the physical building that makes Westerville a truly progressive community,” says Chief Information Officer, Todd Jackson.
In WeConnect®, Westerville has created a distinctive attraction that should appeal to businesses looking to start or looking to grow. The WeConnect® community data center will be formally dedicated in March. For information on the date and other upcoming events, please visit the main website.