By Greg Elliott, Director of Business Development at 1102 GRAND
In a recent article from the Kansas City Star, “‘Data farms’ draw big tax breaks, incentives from states,” Scott Cannon touches on reasons why the Kansas City area makes an ideal spot for data centers to locate their operations. This is something all of us at 1102 GRAND have been saying for a while.
Darren Bonawitz, principal of 1102 GRAND, was interviewed for the article and added that tech businesses want to be located near the “clouds” that store their data. So not only is Kansas City a good location for data centers, but a Kansas City data center is good for the area.
Read the entire article here:
As legislators continue to make the Kansas City area even more attractive for data centers via additional incentives, here are more reasons to look at Kansas City to locate a primary or backup data center:
Of course there are even more reasons, which you can read more about here:
If you have any questions about the Kansas City data center market, feel
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point you in the right direction.
By: Darren Bonawitz
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. Here is a special feature on Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. about who it is, who it serves, how it’s associated with 1102 Grand, and why Kansas City!
Company Description: Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) is a national independent CPA firm – 3rd largest in Kansas City and 8th largest in the country – that is dedicated to providing high quality audit and attest services including: Financial Statement Audits, SAS 70 Audits, Employee Benefit Plan Audits, Reviews and Agreed Upon Procedures. They are guided by their core values of competence, integrity, respect and value, and with more than 30 locations nationwide, they are a nationally recognized alternative to the Big Four.
Who it Serves: While MHM provides services to a variety of industries and companies, their primary focus includes mid-sized and growing companies (public and private) in the construction, nonprofit, life sciences, manufacturing, financial institutions and other professional services industries.
How it is Associated with 1102 GRAND: We provide SAS 70 services to 1102 GRAND.
Why Kansas City: MHM’s roots in Kansas City can be traced back to 1954 when Ernest D. Mayer opened a small accounting practice. After years of steady growth, Mayer Hoffman McCann’s tax practice merged with CBIZ, Inc. in 1998 while MHM began to focus strictly on audit and attest services, and continued to acquire other independent CPA firms across the country. Even though MHM quickly became one of the Top Ten accounting firms in the nation, they recognized Kansas City as both a strategic location and strong foundation for the company, so remained in the area and established it as their national headquarters.
The Best Part of Doing Business in Kansas City: There is such a vast amount of different businesses and industries in the Kansas City area, that as a Consultant, we learn so much about how these businesses operate, what their target market is, where they can improve, etc. We can then help them by applying the services our company provides or introducing them to others that can assist.
The Benefits of Working in Kansas City: I have lived in Kansas my entire life so helping small, medium and large sized businesses locally is very rewarding.
The Economic Incentives to Living in Kansas City or the Metro Area: There are a lot of areas you can reside in Kansas City that are safe and have great schools and not have to pay a premium to live there. I think convenience is also a big factor as you can get around the city without having to wait in traffic for the most part.
By: Darren Bonawitz
Here’s an article regarding Extreme Networks’ announcement at the Gartner Data Center Conference which promotes a fairly major paradigm shift. Essentially, Extreme Networks is proposing to eliminate server level virtual switching, which is just the opposite of Cisco’s proposed path. On one hand, I see where Extreme is coming from or at least where they are trying to go.
Virtual switches on servers are more complex from a management standpoint, and hardware switching is more reliable. The problem I see is that Extreme is not only going to collide with Cisco and their massive market share on this. Instead, this will also put them at odds from a strategy standpoint with the likes of HP, Juniper and Force10. Extreme is going to face an up-hill “us against the rest” battle, and that is tough to wage when you only have 1.5% market share, seriously declining revenues and major reorganization changes including the CEO stepping down a month or so ago. IT leaders have to have faith in the company before they can have faith in the technology – no matter how (potentially) innovative.
At the same time, it is tough to gain market share by following the herd, and I applaud them for the cutting edge attempt and taking such a brand defining stand. May the best solution win.