Indiana is a state known for basketball, motorsports and vast expanses of farmland. But increasingly, it’s becoming a hot spot for tech startups. According to Forbes magazine, between 2001 and 2013, the Indianapolis-Carmel area ranked ninth of all cities in the United States for tech sector growth, with a 50.4 percent increase in overall tech industry employment.
It’s not just tech companies that are setting up shop in the Hoosier state. Some businesses have chosen to move their headquarters to Indiana, thanks to tax breaks and other incentives. And all of this growth means Indiana must be ready to provide the technological infrastructure to support these businesses.
Open for Business
About an hour south of Indianapolis, the Honda plant in Greensburg sits on 1,600 acres, and more than 2,000 people work in its 1.3 million-square-foot facility. The state offered Honda $141.5 million in tax credits and abatements, as an incentive to build a plant. And in order to bring such a large manufacturing facility to a rural area, the state had to upgrade a highway interchange, and a new 1 million-gallon water tower was constructed to account for the increase in water usage.
The Honda plant’s infrastructure and power needs are beyond what many businesses would require for day-to-day operation. On a smaller scale, what may lure businesses to Indiana is the availability of space that’s in a good location, with the ability to accommodate needs for data storage and high-speed connections.
The Need for Fiber
The heart of Indianapolis – like many other city centers throughout the Midwest – is a mix of old and new architecture. Many older buildings may be ill-equipped to meet the needs of modern businesses. Even when a building has DSL Internet capabilities, it may be inadequate for some companies.
AT&T announced in 2015 that Indianapolis now has “fiber-ready” buildings – meaning the city has business spaces that offer the best data connections available. This service is available in more than 180 markets – in California, Nevada, the South, and a large swath of the Midwest.
For some companies – like medical providers, or those that handle government contracts – having access to a fiber connection isn’t enough. Compliance rules require these businesses to have access to dual fiber pathways. That means data has two paths of travel, ensuring information won’t be lost if one fiber connection should fail for any reason.
Lifeline Data Centers offers dual-fiber connectivity, along with the latest technology that helps companies perform to the best of their availability. If your office building can’t accommodate your technological needs, or if you’re looking for a dependable, secure location for your server, find out how Lifeline can help. Schedule a tour of our building today.