Updated 11.9.2020 (originally published 9.10.13)
Top 5 advantages of a Kansas data center
There are a lot of advantages of choosing Kansas, in the heart of the Midwest, as the location for your next data center or colocation site. Here are the top 5 reasons to choose a Kansas data center:
Power to impact the triple bottom lineAt about 8 cents per KWh, our award-winning utility, Evergy, provides data centers one of the lowest power rates in the country. With incentives (see below) that can drop to 5-6 cents per KWh the first year. The utility’s central location means proximity to primary and back-up energy sources, providing Kansas data centers consistent, reliable power and protection against blackouts and disruptions. Evergy also balances its energy-generation portfolio by using coal, natural gas, fuel oil, wind, solar, nuclear, biogas and hydro to assist Kansas data center operations in being progressively carbon-neutral.(1) Nearly half of the company’s power is generated from emission-free sources, and Evergy has announced plans to reduce carbon emissions 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.(2)
Talent to growKansas is home to leading companies such as Lockton, Cerner, Hallmark Cards, Lathrop & Gage, YRC Worldwide, Black & Veatch, H&R Block, AMC Theaters, Synergy Group and Garmin that attract top talent. The state is also home to many world-class universities, so our IT talent pool is deep and affordable due to our low cost of living. Investment from the Kansas City area development council, KCADC, and focus from a pro-business state government continues to accelerate growth and solidify the region as a destination for data and tech investment.
Impressive KS data center incentivesKansas is one of 13 states in the U.S. that provides a personal property tax exemption for data center equipment. Our power company, Evergy, also offers one year of free power for new data center customers more than 200 KW and two full years of free power for 400 KW or more. Both are amortized over a 5-year period.
Kansas’s central U.S. locationThe state of Kansas enjoys the winning combination of an easy-to-access, central location and low natural-disaster risk. Kansas is within a day’s drive of most of the continental U.S. With numerous direct flights from every major airport, getting here is easy. We are also within eight hours of the fastest growing areas in the country, like Chicago, Denver, Nashville and Dallas. Kansas’s location on the prairie of the Great Plains means no avalanches, hurricanes, tropical storms, or landslides and a very low risk of earthquakes, making it an ideal data center location. These are the same reason multiple large telecom companies have also chosen Kansas as their hubs.
Cavern Technologies Kansas data centerLocated in Lenexa, KS in the greater Kansas City area, under 125 feet of limestone in a dry, engineered underground facility, Cavern Technologies provides a uniquely secure environment for your data center. Due to our expansive power, bandwidth, space and connectivity options, customers enjoy cost savings and peace of mind that only Cavern can provide in the region. With private data suites and build-to-suit enterprise data center deployments, Cavern attracts clients from fortune 1000 firms around the country who appreciate our partnership approach to providing purpose-built, state-of-the-art IT infrastructure for all their mission-critical data storage needs.