Involta, an Iowa data storage and security company, plans to break ground on its second Boise data center in March.
The $10.5 million, 34,000 square-foot building will be located near the intersection of West Victory Road and South Maple Grove Road. Eventually, 30 Involta employees will work at the new building and will earn an average of about $65,000 a year, said Reed Disney, vice president and general manager over Involta operations in Boise and Tuscon, Ariz.
Involta targets midsize cities that need data services. Involta entered the Boise market by buying its first building at South Eagle Flight Way off of Overland Road from SolutionPro in 2010. That building is about 14,000 square feet and has about 20 employees.
Several large Boise companies will use the new building for data storage and information technology infrastructure, including St. Luke's Boise Medical Center and Winco Foods.
Local companies also can use office space in the building for their IT workers to oversee their own data systems, said Reed Disney, Involta vice president and general manager of Western operations.
Data storage and protection have become more important as sensitive information piles up in servers, Disney said. That's especially true in the health care industry, which handles a massive amount of sensitive patient information, he said. Most of Involta's sites have a health care provider as an anchor partner, he said.
Disney said more companies are turning to third-party data centers.
“More people are being driven to look at their own business and decide whether they want to build and own and operate a high-tech facility or to outsource it to companies like ours, where it's the main thing we do," Disney said. "Now, St. Luke's hospital can take care of patients and not have to think about its IT infrastructure."
Jay Larsen, president of the Idaho Technology Council, said the presence of Involta and other data centers will help draw more tech companies to the Treasure Valley.
"As we continue to move into a knowledge-based economy, it's wise for Idaho to attract people who play within the cloud space, data-center space and software space," Larsen said. "It all relates to each other, and it helps us build that knowledge-based economy."