The NC West Data Center, located in Cherokee County in western North Carolina, in the city of Marble, has joined the ranks of other data centers across the country to be approved as Best Data Sites Certified™.
NC West Data Center
The NC West Data Center is a 253,000 SF facility located within an area known as the Western North Carolina Data Center Corridor. Best Data Sites Certification™ for this data center was approved April 22, 2013. Relevant factors that weighed into the certification approval include the availability of abundant low cost power provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Duke Energy. The data center has two dedicated substations on site, providing over 100 MW of power. Other factors include diverse fiber access, connectivity to numerous markets, low natural disaster risks, avoidance of man-made risk factors, equitable climate, and abundant water and sewer capacities, among many other considerations.
Towards the end of 2012, multiple Best Data Sites Certified™ data center properties transacted in the marketplace. In November, Bed Bath & Beyond purchased a 50,000 SF BDS Certified™ data center shell in Catawba County, North Carolina. DataChambers also purchased a certified data center in October in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina.
Best Data Sites Certification™
The data center site selection process can be a lengthy, costly, and inconsistent science. Best Data Sites Certification™ is a consolidated standards system whereby the strictest industry site selection requirements are used to evaluate potential data center sites and buildings within a weighted scoring matrix.
BDS Alliance™ & the BDS Standards™
The BDS Alliance™ is an independent board comprised of data center professionals and companies. The alliance is charged with the creation and continued evaluation and maintenance of the BDS Standards™. These standards are key to creating an efficient, reliable, and cost effective data center site selection evaluation process.
Certification and Economic Development Partnerships
Over the past few years, data center recruitment efforts have become increasingly collaborative in nature. The same can be said for Best Data Sites Certification™. Economic development groups, land and building owners, and utilities companies have partnered together throughout the certification process, seeking to improve their region’s competitive advantage as it relates to landing new data center initiatives.
Mission Critical Consultants
Mission Critical Consultants is a data center site selection firm authorized to execute the certification process and certify data center sites and buildings in accordance with the BDS Standards™. For more information on the certification process, please visit www.micritical.com or contact a member of the Five 9s Digital team.