The debate on the geographic location of a data center is an interesting one. Some companies prefer a colocated datacenter close to their IT staff, while for others, data center related costs motivate them to choose a Midwest data center away from their primary geographic base.

Advantages of a Midwest Data CenterHere are some factors that support choosing a Midwest data center in today’s geographic and economic environment.

1. The most important factor leading to cost benefits is the low cost of power and utilities in the Midwest region. In the Energy Price Ranking by State, states such as Indiana, Louisiana, North Dakota rank in the bottom three on the list with an average energy price of 13-15 Dollars per Million Btu. In sharp contrast are states such as Massachusetts and New York that are in the top ten on the list with an average energy price of 22-24 Dollars per Million Btu.
2. Most Midwestern states are offering tax and legislative incentives as they realize the enormous economic growth that could be brought into the region when setting up huge datacenters. A strong political support in the region is a huge benefit and protection to the data center industry in the Midwest.
3. The Midwest also ranks higher in the use of renewable energy resources when compared to the rest of the US. Use of Energy Sources such as Wind, Natural Gas and Fossil Fuel is higher in this region. For example, Indiana recorded a 1543 MW Wind Power Capacity for the year ending 2012.

All of the above factors ensure that a Midwest data center is a natural, cost effective, energy and environmentally judicious choice to make. For further details, visit

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.