Data Centers

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The Winston-Salem region was ranked #4 for cost effective Data Centers by the Boyd Company.

 

Advantages for Data Centers

*Low electricity costs – approximately 5.24 cents/kwh, with incentive riders available for major data center users

*Extremely low incidence of natural disasters

*Redundant power feeds and fiber connectivity throughout region

*Favorable legislative environment:

*certain data center facilities exempt from sales and use tax

*pending legislation would also make large purchases of machinery and equipment by large data centers exempt from sales and use tax

*Average wages for computer related occupations in the Triad is up to 20% less than the national averages

 

 

Annual Average Wage

Occupation

Piedmont Triad

United States

Computer Systems Analysts

$75,046.40

$81,244.80

Computer Programmers

$74,214.40

$74,900.80

Database Administrators

$73,278.40

$75,732.80

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$68,244.80

$72,196.80

Computer Specialist, All Other

$64,168.00

$79,788.80

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$107,369.60

$123,281.60

 

Banking & Financial Services: A Comparative Cost Analysis for Information Assurance Operations

Boyd Company Study on Data Center Costs

 

 

Significant Triad Data Centers

Lowe’s Cos. – Opened in 2005, receiving about $3.8 million in local and state incentives

The Clearing House Payments – Opened in 2007 and eligible for about $900,000 in local and state incentives

Wells Fargo – Operates a former Wachovia data center with approximately 1,000 employees

Ralph Lauren – Chose in 2007 to locate a data center in High Point along with its distribution operations for Polo.com; turned down incentives

DataChambers – Has 120,000 square feet of data center and disaster recovery space; has expanded twice in the past 5 years

American Express – Announced in 2010 it would open two data centers totaling 500,000 square feet in Guilford County; did not pursue incentives package estimated at $13 million