CDW is first tenant for new west side data center

The Potawatomi Business Development Corporation (PBDC), the economic diversification arm of the Forest County Potawatomi (FCP), announced Tuesday that Southeast Wisconsin’s first wholesale, Tier III, carrier neutral data center is now operational.

The $33 million data center known as Data Holdings, LLC, is located in a two-story, 46,000 square-foot facility at the tribe’s 11-acre Concordia Trust Property, 3135 W. Highland Blvd., Milwaukee. Data Holdings will initially employ 10 staff members.

PBDC also announced Tuesday that Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW, a provider of technology solutions, will be Data Holdings first major tenant. As part of CDW’s services agreement with Data Holdings, the CDW suite consists of 1,600 square feet with the ability to expand to 2,600 square feet with an initial power allocation of 240 kW, expandable to 500 kW. The suite is configured to accommodate more than 50 IT cabinet positions, with the ability for CDW to increase its footprint to 90 positions.

Also, the Milwaukee Institute, a non-profit information technology organization that provides cloud-based-technical computing systems, plans to locate its third high performance computer at Data Holdings in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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