C Spire breaks ground on $20M center

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – C Spire broke ground Monday on its new $20 million data center in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Deelopment Park.

The 23,800-square-foot center is located on a 6.5 acre site in the park adjacent to Mississippi State University.

C Spire began site excavation and grading work earlier this month on the new facility and plans to complete construction on the first phase next November, when the first customers are expected to begin using the center.

The center will be one of only 52 in the U.S. with a Tier 3 or 4 rating, the highest in the industry based on data center certifications by the Uptime Institute. Most of the centers in the two top-tier categories nationwide are owned and operated solely by large private businesses or government agencies with little or no space available for commercial use.

C Spire says its new data center in Starkville will be the “premiere data center in the Southeast with ample commercial space available for businesses and the only one in its class and capability within 250 miles of its location. Other centers across the Southeast offer virtually no commercial space.”

“We see cloud technology today as a platform for business optimization, efficiency, storage and security,” said Kevin Hankins, COO for C Spire, noting that these services also can help develop new services, revenue streams and business models with less effort, energy and expense. “That’s why we’re building this new center – to help business intelligently manage data and critical operational processes and innovate for the future.”

Hankins said the company plans to get its data center officially certified by the Institute and is building and managing the facility to the standards required by the rating and certification authority.

“We’re excited about adding a world-class data center to the arsenal of tools that we use to recruit new business and encourage existing companies to expand in Mississippi,” said Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.

Said Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, “This significant private sector technology infrastructure investment by a great Mississippi company will help us build a strong economic future for this region.”

C Spire operates two other data centers in Mississippi – one in Ridgeland and the other in downtown Jackson.