Updated 11.20.2020 (originally posted 8.7.18)
Kansas City: Home of barbecue, jazz and … your next data center?
Kansas City’s known for a lot of things, but maybe not as well-known for its unique qualifications as a top location for a data center — until now.
Why to choose a KC data center?
What makes Kansas City such a perfect spot for secure, convenient data storage?
- Location: Kansas City’s Midwestern location means it’s unlikely to be a target for natural and man-made disruption.(1) If you need to visit your data facility, the city is served with direct flights from other major metropolitan areas into an international airport, and it is within a day’s drive from anywhere in the continental U.S. Contrary to what “The Wizard of Oz” would have you believe, Kansas City is not often struck by tornadoes. It is also at very low risk for earthquakes according to the U.S. Geological Survey.(2)
- Networking capabilities: Not only was Kansas City Google’s choice for its first fiber network, the area is bustling with telecoms like AT&T and T-Mobile. As a hub for both long-haul and transcontinental fiber networks, KC offers a highly advanced telecommunications environment. And in 2019, Kansas City was one of the first U.S. cities where multiple major mobile carriers launched 5G technology.
- Energy: You can’t run a data center without power, and our energy provider Evergy consistently ranks high for uninterrupted service offered at a low cost. The company’s energy is generated nearby in the two-state region, reducing the risk of blackouts that occur with increases in distance from an energy source. Evergy is also integrating alternative energy sources to produce power with less environmental impact, utilizing a mixture of coal, natural gas, fuel oil, wind, solar, nuclear, biogas and hydro facilities. Today, half of the power it supplies is from clean sources.(3) In addition, Evergy 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 incentives are amortized over a 5-year period.
- Workforce: Kansas City boasts one of the nation’s fastest-growing tech talent pools, gaining 22% in the last 5 years according to a CBRE 2020 Tech Talent Analyzer report.(4) That means when you need to recruit onsite personnel, the metro has a talented pool to choose from. The KC Tech Council’s 2020 report touts that Kansas City ranks in the top 10 in metro areas for women in tech.(5) And KC’s tech sector accounts for 9.9% of the regional economy.(6)
- Tax benefits: Whether you find your data center home on the Kansas or Missouri side of the state line, you’ll find tax breaks that benefit your bottom line. For instance, you won’t get dinged for property tax on new equipment in Kansas, which can amount to significant savings as you build out your data center.(7)
- Limestone caves: While you’re evaluating sites, consider what might be right beneath your feet. Kansas City’s limestone caves, purposefully excavated for future development, have emerged as a strong, safe place for the storage of sensitive data. The area’s limestone is three-times stronger than concrete, creating a naturally secure structure to shield your company’s servers. Subterranean facilities are also naturally cool and protected from natural and man-made disasters.
Kansas City has a lot to offer any enterprise in need of a secure, affordable data center space. From abundant fiber connections and a solid tech workforce to low operating costs and a central location, a KC data center is ideally suited to protect your company’s invaluable data.