Minnesota’s frigid climate a selling point for data storage industry



by Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio

“Duluth, Minn. — On the sixth floor of a Duluth office building, rows of black computer servers store huge amounts of information. One of two data centers for the big regional health system, Essentia Health, the site stores thousands of medical documents like MRI images and digital mammograms.

But the computers generate so much heat that the air conditioners are running, even on a frigid December day. This week an Iowa company begins construction on a $12 million data center in Duluth, a high-tech computer warehouse where area companies can store their data.”

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