Broadband provider Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) has announced plans to build a 14,000 sq.ft Tier III data centre in Fargo.

Due to the ever-growing customer demand for reliable and secure data storage, DCN will construct what it hopes will be an innovative data centre at the site on Great Plains Drive. Connecting to its existing centre, the new $5 million (approx. £3.9 million) colocation project will increase floor space by six times compared to previous capacity.

Work on the project is underway and is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

The project will adhere to Tier III standards with two independent power feeds and two generators involved in running the site. The facility will be built in a hardened bunker format with redundant cooling and electrical systems, protecting the buildings against 200mph winds, tornadoes and power outages.

DCN also announced that its newly expanded data centre will host anchor tenant U.S. construction and electrical supplier, Border States Electric. Ryan Stall, SVP of strategy enablement at the firm, commented: ‘When we weighed the pros and cons, it was clear that colocation offered the most secure, efficient and economical solutions to meet our data centre needs.’

With the expansion plans, DCN claims to provide the highest level of cybersecurity for customers. CEO Seth Arndorfer said: ‘Cybercriminals are constantly inventing new methods to hack into customers data, so businesses must have the latest security measures.’

A partnership with security solutions provider A10 Network and Kentik Technologies should ensure that the company is one step ahead of the curve on cybersecurity, offering customers the latest in distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection to its data centre customers. The service allows DCN to constantly monitor data as it enters the client’s servers and quickly re-route any suspect traffic.