Dakota Carrier Network to expand Fargo data center

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FARGO—Dakota Carrier Network will soon start a cutting-edge expansion of its data center here.

The network, which is owned by 15 telecommunications companies, announced Wednesday, Aug. 16, that it will build a 14,000-square-foot Tier III data center connected to its existing center, 3901 Great Plains Drive.

During his announcement at Wednesday's State of Technology conference in Fargo, CEO Seth Arndorfer said it's DCN's fourth data center project to meet growing demand for a safe, secure facility to store the "massive" amounts of data now being generated and used by businesses.

The $5 million project, which is expected to start later this month and be finished by the end of 2018, will include Border States Electric as an anchor tenant rather than have that company build its own center at its new headquarters in south Fargo.

"When we weighed the pros and cons, it was clear that colocation offered the most secure, efficient and economical solution to meet our data center needs," said Ryan Stall, Border States' senior vice president of strategy enablement and information technology.

DCN says the expansion will increase the facility's server floor space about 600 percent. It will be built to withstand tornadoes with winds up to 200 mph and power outages without going offline.

The network also has a 42,000-square-foot data center in Bismarck.

Earlier this week, Midco broke ground on a 16,000-square-foot Tier III data center in Fargo, 4624 28th Ave. S., which is expected to be operational early next year.