The regional colo and cloud services provider Viawest announced a big expansion project today at the upper end of the Mississippi. They're building a new Tier IV data center up in the Minneapolis metro area to go with their recent project out in Las Vegas. It's a new market for Viawest, giving its Western and Texas presence an upper-Midwestern aspect.
With the acquisition of 28 acres of land plus existing buildings and infrastructure in the Minneapolis suburbs they will assemble their usual hybrid suite of carrier neutral colo and managed services. When complete, the new facility will bring some 150,000 square feet of space online. The target date for initial availability is the first quarter of 2014.
Viawest also recently brought in a ringer to take charge of its channel efforts. Former Rackspace VP Christopher Rajiah came over from the pure cloud side of the tracks to take over Viawest's direct sales, channel, and marketing efforts. Channel programs and cloud services are a bit of an open question in the sector, with the roles less clearly defined than they have become in telecom.
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