26 Mar Data And Idaho: How The Gem State Will Save You Money
In the hit 2015 movie Creed, there was an amusing scene where Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) writes down a workout routine for aspiring boxer Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan). Johnson snaps a picture of the workout on his phone and, as he walks away, Rocky calls out, “Don’t you need this?” Johnson answers, “It’s in the cloud.”
“What’s the Cloud?” Rocky asks?
Unlike the famous fictional boxer, most tech-savvy people today know about the cloud and how it works. But few people give attention to the technology that enables the cloud’s existence: data centers. Data centers are vaults or warehouses filed with computers, internet servers, network attached storage, advanced security protocols and industrial duty air-conditioning. Inside the hardware of whirring electronics lives terabytes of confidential data.
In a manner of speaking, the internet also resides in these data centers. Everything from digital recipes and YouTube videos to old news archives and mobile apps are stored in these servers.
Data centers have love been critical for major industries. They are essential for maintaining the cloud. Date farming and processing is rapidly spreading into industries such as agriculture. Billion dollar data farms are being built all over the United States, and Microsoft is expanding their cloud data centers into Europe and the Middle East.
Data centers are a rapidly growing industry worth billions of dollars. And Idaho is a perfect location to build them.
At present, there are just a few small data centers in Idaho, mostly in the Boise area. One such data center is Fiberpipe Data Centers. As data centers go, Fiberpipe is relatively small, but they are leading the push in expanding this bourgeoning industry to the Gem State.
There are many reasons why Idaho is an ideal location for new growth. Land is inexpensive and readily available. Taxes are low. Summers are short and climates are cooler, which greatly reduces the amount of energy needed to keep the electronics cool. Electricity is abundant, with the principle supplier, Idaho Power, projected to have a surplus until at least 2026 The state of Idaho has long been a leader in alternative energy, including both nuclear power and renewable energy.
Much of this can be said about other locations, such as Des Moines, Iowa, which is the site of numerous data centers. But unlike Idaho, Iowa is prone to blizzards, tornadoes, flooding and other natural disasters. Idaho, on the other hand, is one of the safest states to build industrial-scale projects, as natural disasters are few and far between.
The Gem State has the land, the resources and the electricity to be a prime location for the development of new data centers. The future is Idaho.