Sept. 19--A Des Moines-based cloud computing company owned by the Anschutz Corp. will be the premier tenant in a new SubTropolis Data Center in the Kansas City underground.
The company, LightEdge Solutions, and Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development Inc. have announced a partnership to begin work on a 60,000-square-foot "mission critical" data center.
LightEdge will invest nearly $60 million and add 21 jobs in the computer center, the company said, which will be its fourth data center in the Midwest. An opening is planned for the first quarter of 2014.
The new operation will be in Hunt's SubTropolis, which bills itself as the world's largest underground business complex. LightEdge also will use part of a six-acre exterior equipment yard.
LightEdge said it expects to provide carrier-neutral service for AT&T, Surewest, TW Telecom, Time Warner, Unite and Windstream customers and up to 10 gigabits per second network connectivity. The center is served by KCP&L.
The LightEdge development represents the first phase of what could become millions of square feet for the technology center, Hunt Midwest officials said. They cited the underground's high level of security and climate control as pluses for the operation.
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