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365 Data Centers is offering free services for local businesses from an updated 17,000 sq ft facility just opened near downtown Nashville.

The newly upgraded facility is now operated by 365 Data Centers, one of the largest colocation providers in the US in terms of geographical coverage. Yesterday in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Nashville mayor Karl Dean, the new 17,000 sq ft facility at 147 4th Ave. North was launched, along with 365 Nashville Tech Hub, an initiative that will provide incentives and free services to local hi-tech start-ups and businesses.

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According to a company statement, “365 Data Centers’ Tech Hub will provide free colocation services including space, power and Internet connectivity for local businesses and entrepreneurs.”

The Tech Hub will support the tech needs of Partnership 2020, an economic development program from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. 365 Data Centers is an investor in Partnership 2020, and will support the program “by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with free data center colocation, power and Internet services each year at 365’s expense and by providing services to other local organizations at a reduced cost,” the company said in a statement.

“365 has proven to be an exceptional community member and partner for the Chamber and our P2020 program,” commented Judith Hill, VP for Business Retention and Expansion for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. “Data centers and technology are well documented drivers of job and business growth, and 365’s commitment to providing state of the art colocation facilities and cloud services in downtown Nashville helps us tremendously to achieve our goals.”

During the opening ceremony, 365 showed of the upgraded facility’s new Tech Hub, in addition to its upgraded N+1 parallel redundancy power and cooling systems and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) capabilities at what is – according to the company – the only HIPAA- and SSAE 16-compliant colocation facility in downtown Nashville.

“The Nashville facility has delivered 100% uptime to clients for the past 10 years and we invested significantly to upgrade this facility with redundant power and cooling systems to continue this level of reliability for our clients,” said John Scanlon, CEO of 365 Data Centers, in a statement. “Nashville is a great place to do business with local educational institutions generating a pool of talented tech professionals across a variety of fields. Our data centers are the perfect place to incubate and scale web-based businesses and we are proud to offer pro bono colocation services to the city to help it achieve its economic development and job growth goals.”

365 Data Centers manages 17 facilities from coast to coast in the US, with nearly all of them located near major markets. The carrier-neutral Nashville facility can hold up to 17,000 square feet of developed colocation space; has redundant power from Nashville Electric Service (NES); three, 225-kVA UPS; 1.25 megawatts of generator power; and 280 tons of cooling.