As the first city to log in to the World Wide Web in 1968, Colorado Springs has a rich history in advancing the information technology industry. Adding a diverse military presence to the mix makes the Colorado Springs region a natural fit for IT and cybersecurity companies looking to expand, start up or relocate.
The region’s pool of highly-skilled workers and sophisticated communications networks have led large employers such as FedEx, Hewlett Packard and Oracle to locate their in-house software development and systems engineering operations in Colorado Springs. The region is also home to a number of companies that develop software for industries such as e-business, aerospace and defense, gaming, telecommunications, finance and more.
In addition to a thriving IT industry, the Colorado Springs area has become a datacenter hotspot. Thanks to low utility costs, reliable infrastructure and more than 8,000 hours per year of free cooling from outside air, large corporations — from Walmart and Verizon to Progressive Insurance — have established data center operations in the region.
With players such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boecore, root9B and Boeing, Colorado Springs is one of the country’s cybersecurity leaders. The region’s companies tackle cyber threats in a number of ways — from managing military satellite operations and control systems to data center control and protection.
Colorado Springs is home to the National Cybersecurity Center, which works with government, military and industry to promote cyber awareness and help shape public policy, while also partnering with startup accelerators and industry to promote job creation. They are also focused on educating, training and equipping the cyber workforce through their work with K-12, colleges, and other partners.
Colorado Springs is a growing hub for data center activity and is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 best cities for a data center for the past several years. With our low seismic activity, low utility costs, extremely reliable power capabilities and more than 8,000 hours a year of free cooling by using outside air — the numbers make total sense. Some of the major companies with a corporate data center presence in Colorado Springs include FedEx Services Corporation, Progressive Insurance, Hewlett Packard and Walmart.