Lunavi: Green House Data Builds A National Footprint

Sep 07, 2016 | Posted by tbrown

Wyoming might seem an unusual place to launch a national data center network. Yet it’s been a gateway to larger ambitions for Green House Data, a data center and cloud services specialist that has gradually expanded beyond its initial facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The company now operates a network of seven data centers, with a footprint stretching from New York to Seattle.

Green House Data pursues both elements of “green” operations: sustainability and profitability. The company was founded in 2007 to operate data centers powered by renewable energy and operating at peak efficiency.

But Green House Data has also been opportunistic in expanding into new markets and new lines of business. While building a presence in Greater New York and the Pacific Northwest, the company has pushed into cloud, managed services and high-touch IT consulting, slowly building a roster of enterprise customers.

“Once we became a national player, more people paid attention, and more enterprises started finding us,” said Shawn Mills, the CEO, President and founder of Green House Data. “In an interesting way, growth begets growth. We’re talking to people from larger companies than we’ve ever talked to before. We’re now on their radar screen. We’re finding ourselves squarely in this hybrid IT market.”

Growing on Both Coasts

Green House Data launched with a 10,000 square foot data center in Cheyenne, supported by wind energy and the Wyoming climate, which is well suited to “free” cooling, which takes advantage of cool outside temperatures to keep servers cool. In 2013, the company teamed with 1547 Realty to build a second, larger data center on adjacent land. In those early years, the business focused on local customers and disaster recovery for out-of-region clients.

A corridor in a Green House Data facility. (Photo: Green House Data)
A corridor in a Green House Data facility, with an overhead cable tray. (Photo: Green House Data)
In 2012, Green House Data added locations on both coasts, leasing space in Piscataway, New Jersey for its East Coast presence, and opening a new West Coast facility in Portland, Oregon. It expanded its footprint in the New York market in 2014, again teaming with 1547 Realty on a project in Orangeburg, New York, about 25 miles north of Manhattan.

In 2015, Green House Data acquired FiberCloud, gaining three data centers in Washington state, including a presence in the Westin Building, Seattle’s primary carrier hotel...

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