TDS to Expand VISI Data Center Capacity

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) announces the start of a $10 million data center infrastructure expansion at its VISI data center in Eden Prairie, Minn. The project, slated to begin this spring, will double the power and cooling capacity of the facility which is already the largest commercially available Tier III data center in the region.

“This expansion will accommodate growth within VISI’s current facility. We will be adding a 3.0 Megawatt generator, evaporative cooling towers for 630 tons of cooling capacity, and three new Uninterrupted Power Systems (UPS) systems,” says Mike Sowada, CEO at VISI. “Additionally, on floor Computer Room Air Conditioners (CRACs) and Power Distribution Units (PDUs) will be added within the data center for power and cooling distribution.”

All of these components will be integrated into the existing data center infrastructure, which will maintain its current N+1 Uptime Institute Tier III Design certification.

“We understand the long term success of our data centers will require investments and we are prepared to maintain our leadership in this growing market,” adds Dave Wittwer, president and CEO TDS Telecommunications Corp.

TDS Telecommunications’ parent company Telephone and Data Systems Inc. of Chicago acquired VISI in March 2010. TDS Telecommunications Corp. in Madison, Wis. has full management responsibility for the VISI data centers located in Minnesota.

“Our goal is to be one step ahead of the growing needs of our customers,” adds Wittwer. “Businesses are outsourcing the management of core IT infrastructure at an accelerated pace. Colocation, cloud computing and disaster recovery needs are creating high demand for secure data center facilities in all our locations throughout the Midwest.”

As the eighth largest telecom provider in the U.S., TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) connects people with broadband Internet, phone and TV entertainment services in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities in 30 states. With more than 40 years of experience and 1.2 million equivalent access lines in service, customers can select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP) phone service, dedicated Internet, data networking, and hosted-managed services.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the data center operations of VISI Incorporated and TEAM Companies, specializing in colocation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery solutions for businesses of all-sizes. In total, approximately 2,700 people work for the companies both in local communities and at TDS’ national headquarters in Madison, Wis. Visit,, and for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS, TDS.S) Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to nearly 7.1 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM), its 83-percent owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,100 employees as of March 30, 2011. Visit for more information.