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DCN officially broke ground on its 14,000 square-foot expansion project located at 3901 Great Plains Drive South, Fargo, ND.

Approved by DCN’s Board of Governors, the approximately $5 million project will increase the facility’s server floor space by six times and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The expanded co-location data center is being constructed with the same “Fort Knox”-like specifications as DCN’s current data centers in Bismarck and Fargo. DCN data centers are carrier-grade hardened facilities able to withstand F4 tornadoes with winds up to 200 mph, along with N+1 redundant power and cooling systems. State-of-the-art security will be incorporated throughout the data center, including multiple levels of security, biometric fingerprint scanners, personalized combination locking cabinets, and 24/7 monitoring with a closed caption TV video surveillance system.

DCN’s data center expansion will provide customers with additional capacity to house their business critical applications, ensuring 99.999% network up-time to North Dakota’s most critical institutions, including health care, public safety, state government and financial institutions.