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SITSD offers customers the efficiency and safety of two well-designed data centers, a 15,024-square-foot facility in Helena, Mont., and a smaller 8,500-square-foot facility in Miles City, Mont.  The centers were built in 2010 to house and protect computers and communications equipment that store and process important electronic data for state government business operations and other government entities.

The centers in Helena and Miles City opened in late 2010 and currently house equipment and data for 18 Montana state agencies. Through a unique interstate governmental agreement, Montana’s data centers also house equipment and data for state of Oregon agencies.

The centers were funded through a 2007 appropriation made by the Montana Legislature. Both facilities are LEED certified and save the state of Montana an estimated $919,900 in annual energy savings at maximum capacity (the centers’ construction was part of a statewide initiative in 2010 to reduce all energy use in state-owned buildings by 20 percent).

In addition, the centers’ innovative design mitigates the impact of seismic activity and provides protection from other natural disasters.  The centers are monitored with security cameras and accessible only to employees and other individuals who have completed the required security protocols.

Customers who are interested in data center services can contact SMDC Manager Ed Sivils at 406-444-9949 or their customer relations manager.