HP plans $100m Colorado data center

Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com) has filed a request to build a more than 250,000-square-foot, $100 million data center next to its 1.1 million-square-foot complex in Colorado Springs, according to a local newspaper.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported late last week that HP is seeking city approval to build a new data center at its northwest Colorado Springs campus, where less than a year ago the company said it would be moving 800 local customer service center jobs to New Mexico. It is unclear how many new jobs will be created, but the plans call for 40 parking spaces for employees and vendors.

The new HP data center would be the fourth major data center announcement in the area since 2006. Late last year, Verizon Wireless (www.verizonwireless.com) acquired a 108,450-square-foot former semiconductor plant to turn into a data center set to open in early 2010. FedEx (www.fedex.com) opened a 113,400-square-foot data center in July 2008, moving its operations from a smaller local facility. In 2006, insurance provider Progressive (www.progressive.com) opened a 175,000-square-foot data center.

Senior city planner James Mayerl told the Gazette that he plans to approve the project by May 5, subject to minor conditions.

HP has operated a 200-employee Colorado Springs data center since 1994 that it rents to clients including DirecTV, which signed a $500 million, seven-year contract in 2006 for HP to handle its information technology, billing and customer data. HP also operates two smaller, nearby data centers.

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