5 states with big data center appeal

These five states offer a variety of benefits, from low taxes to renewable energy to highly skilled labor.
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Does data center location matter? Just ask Google and Apple. The largest companies in the tech sector operate multiple data centers. Where they put them says a lot.

You might think the Pacific Northwest is the natural hub for data centers. You're right. But data centers are also popping up in America's Heartland, the Southwest and the Rockies. Here are some of the top locations in the United States to consider. (Don't forget about Canada, an attractive choice thanks to cheap energy, low temperatures, skilled labor and political stability.)

John Brandon is a former IT manager at a Fortune 100 company who now writes about technology. He has written more than 2,500 articles in the past 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @jmbrandonbb.

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