CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Cheyenne data center has completed a $35 million expansion, and the state of Wyoming is the center's first customer.
The 35,000-square-foot Green House Data expansion is four times larger than the company's original center next door.
Green House Marketing director Wendy Fox said the center employs 41 people, most of them from Wyoming — a figure that can grow with more customers.
Gov. Matt Mead announced at Wednesday's opening that the state is the data center's first customer and has acquired 56 racks for computing equipment and servers.
Wyoming has vigorously promoted a data and technology industry. In addition to Green House, other projects include a two-phase Microsoft data center and a supercomputing center for the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
"As much as we've seen in four years, where we've gone from 'what's a petaflop?' to this grand opening today, we've just touched the tip of the iceberg. We can do so much more," Mead said.
A petaflop is the equivalent of a thousand trillion computer operations a second.
Green House CEO Shawn Mills credited state support for his company's growth.
"It was just seven years ago that Green House Data was a glimmer in its founders' eyes," Mills said. "Today, we're very excited to say we count over 350 customers from around the world, including five countries and 26 states."
Said Fox: "There's no corporate income tax, you can get these discounts, and you can tell they want us here."
The Green House center features top security and redundancy systems, said Art Salazar, Green House's director for data center facilities and compliance.
"Some companies are literally making tons of money per minute, and if they're down for just an hour, that's very costly to these companies doing Internet business and things of that nature," Salazar said.
"That's what data centers are all about, that 100 percent uptime. You can lose part of your heating, part of your cooling, part of your air conditioning, part of your carriers, your circuits, and you still remain up and running."