US Signal has broken ground in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a 20,000 square-foot data center.
The new facility is expected to open in July 2014. It will be the first purpose-built data center in western Michigan with room to expand to 40,000 square feet, the company said.
The new data center will add a new network hub to the existing seven US Signal data centers based in the Midwest, as well as increase access points for its Cloud Hosting product suite.
US Signal has invested substantial capital over the past 10 years to build its 14,000-mile Midwest fiber-optic footprint that spans 10 states and connects its data centers.
"Our new data center will add greater capacity to keep up with customer demand," said Dave Wisz, executive vice president of operations for US Signal. "Our data centers are all located in the Midwest, and make it possible for our customers to transmit and house their data entirely on our network and within secure facilities."
In addition to enhanced product offerings, the facility will provide customers with access to more than 600 POP sites and multiple carriers, as well as multiple physically diverse and protected fiber routes. The new data centers also give customers the ability to deliver up to 100G services, over redundant DWDM, SONET, Ethernet and MPLS architectures.