• Tour Iowa's newest top-security data center

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    October 05, 2017

    The biggest difference between Altoona's newest data center and its biggest data center is pretty simple. 

    "If you were to show up on Facebook's doorstep and say I want to put (my company's information) in your data center — they don't do that," said Jeffrey Springborn, LightEdge Solutions' chief operating officer. "We do that. They're two completely different models."

    Just off of Interstate Highway 80, the hum of Facebook's mammoth data warehouses keep user photos, videos and posts alive on the social media juggernaut's platform. About three miles to the east, LightEdge will open a markedly smaller data center. But it will serve hundreds of clients, storing the data of multiple health care organizations, banks and manufacturers. 

    LightEdge showed off its new $25 million space this week to local students and public officials, including Gov. Kim Reynolds. The windowless, 70,000-square-foot building will officially open Thursday. Clients will move in servers and computer equipment shortly thereafter.

    In April 2016, the Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded LightEdge $375,000 in sales, service and use tax refunds for building the new data center.