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Data centers flock to metro Phoenix

PHOENIX — More developers of data centers where companies store equipment
for online communications are choosing Phoenix for their real-world destination.

The Arizona Republic reported analysts said geographic and
economic factors are making metropolitan Phoenix a top-10 market for data

Analysts speaking at a seminar in Chandler on Friday said the area offers low
taxes, cheap energy and is close to West Coast markets. They also said Phoenix is
considered a city that has low risk of natural disasters.

Cincinnati Bell Inc. began construction in May on what is slated to be the
largest data center in metro Phoenix. The 1-million-square-foot facility in
Chandler will provide information-technology needs to large companies in the

Analysts said there are 32 major data centers in Phoenix.

Information from: The Arizona Republic,