Involta, a Cedar Rapids-based owner and operator of multitenant data storage centers, plans to build a $10.5 million facility in Boise, Idaho.
The 34,000-square-foot computer data storage center will be Involta’s second facility in Boise. The privately-owned company acquired SolutionPro in 2010 and has a facility that operates at capacity in Boise.
Multiple anchor tenants have leased space in the new data center, including St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and WinCo Foods in Boise. Involta expects the facility, with 10,000 square feet of conditioned data center space, will be operational by the end of this year.
Involta said increased demand in the Idaho market for data center and managed information technology infrastructure services drove the business case for the company’s expansion in the Boise market.
Involta plans to host a ground-breaking ceremony at the site in March.
Founded in 2007, Involta operates seven data centers in Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota, Idaho and Arizona. The facilities offer security and space to companies unable to build their own data centers, which require large amounts of power and 24/7 attention.
Inside Involta’s facilities are hundreds of cabinets filled with server racks that store information. The servers sit under at least a foot of concrete to protect that data.
Bruce Lehrman, founder and chief executive officer of Involta, has said many factors are essential for the siting of a new data storage center, but access to power and fiber-optic networks are crucial when the company is considering a new location.
Lehrman credits the cooperation of community, economic development and utility officials for Involta’s success.