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Cloud, IT services feed Windstream's data center demand

By , - Last modified: December 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Arkansas-based telecom company Windstream Corp., which has a large midstate presence, continues to open more data centers on the East Coast, including two announcements in the last couple weeks spurred by demand for cloud computing and other information-technology services.

Windstream said today it plans to build a data center in Nashville, Tenn. The 21,000-square-foot center is scheduled to open in 2013 to help handle the company’s growing needs.

The data centers are the technology brains of the company’s Internet services, cloud and managed IT services for businesses and the public.

“(The data centers) are being built to the highest specifications, and will enable Windstream to provide the level of service businesses demand, ranging from point managed solutions such as managed security or storage to the complete delivery of infrastructure as a service,” Kip Turco, Windstream senior vice president of data center operations, said in a statement.

On Nov. 19, Windstream announced the completion and opening of its data center in McLean, Va. The 65,000-square-foot center also was designed to handle Windstream’s growing demand for cloud computer services for the public and business. The company opened another in Little Rock, Ark., at the beginning of the year.

“Windstream is not moving any data centers,” company spokeswoman Alice Hartnett said in an email. “This is a new data center that … adds to our nationwide inventory of data centers and co-location facilities.”

Windstream shifted some of its facilities and data workforce after its 2009 acquisition of Ephrata-based D&E Communications. Since then, the company expanded its cloud-based services and has acquired other companies that complement its infrastructure and data services.

The company has 19 data centers, including four in Pennsylvania: Bethlehem, Conshohocken, Ephrata and State College.

Windstream trades its shares on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol WIN.


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