When Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard moved into Idaho in the 1970s, they laid the foundations for a strong tech industry to emerge over the following years. And thanks to the low cost of living and the availability of tech-savvy employees, Idaho is a strong candidate for growth in the field in 2014, attracting the attention of Silicon Valley companies looking to set up auxiliary locations with lower operating costs.
It can take time to develop an IT infrastructure centered on optimizing tech industry performance. For needs like redundant fiber transport, Metro Ethernet, server colocation, and disaster recovery data centers, many Idaho companies are turning to service providers in nearby Central Oregon (including the Vault by BendBroadband).
Just as Silicon Valley looks to Idaho to lower its operating cost, Idaho companies are attracted by Oregon’s favorable tax conditions, including zero sales tax and Enterprise Tax Credit Zones which offer incentives for Idaho companies operating in Oregon data centers under certain conditions. And the proximity of Oregon means low latency, which can be critical for performance for real-time video, voice, and other latency-sensitive applications. Data centers in Oregon are also situated in ideal geographic areas, maximizing renewable operating energy through solar power and minimizing temperature fluctuations to keep operating costs down.
When Idaho companies are underserved by the lack of local colocation and data recovery facilities, reaching out of state is the smart decision: 40% of companies which suffer data loss disasters go out of business within five years. And with Idaho poised for rapid growth in the technology sector, establishing a strong partnership with an offsite data center can be one way for companies to separate themselves from the pack.