Council Bluffs Data Center

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Strategically located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, CyrusOne’s 216,000-square-foot data center contains 120,000 square feet of raised floor/white space. The facility is purpose-built, offering industry leading efficiencies, the latest cooling technology, uniquely low PUEs and multilayer security.

Council Bluffs provides customers with unparalleled access to high bandwidth with close proximity to some of the world’s largest cloud companies empowering enterprise customers in their Hybrid Cloud journey with low-latency cloud connectivity.

4700 Gifford Rd.

Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Council Bluffs – Highlights

  • Overview
  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Security
  • Sustain-ability

Interior photo of Council Bluffs data center.

    • Building One- 60,000 Square Feet Raised Floor (Two 30,000 Square Foot Data Halls)
    • Campus: 217,000 Square Feet.
    • ISO/IEC 27001, PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FISMA-High, SSAE 18 (SOC 1 Type II), Type 2 AT 101/SOC 2, HITRUST, FFIEC, CSA STAR, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR), and TRUSTe compliant.
    • Designed to meet TIA 942 Class 4 requirements for electrical and mechanical
    • Carrier-neutral
    • 100% Uptime

  • 3W Critical IT Day-1
  • (4) 500-Ton chillers with CRAH units supporting each data hall
  • Roof Top Units provide dehumidification
  • Utility capacity – 18 MW
  • Utility Voltage – 13,200 (13.2 kV)
  • # of transformers on site – 17 Transformers (16 each @ 2.5 MW, 1 each @ 1.5 MW)
  • UPS configuration & capacity – Distributed Redundant, with 4,500 kVA blocks (6 MW)
  • Generator Power – 16 each 2.25 MW Diesel (Critical), 1 each 1.25 MW Diesel (House)
  • Electrical capacity allowed per cabinet – 150 to 180 watts p/SF (average density)

  • Reinforced precast concrete structure surrounding critical Data Halls
  • On-site security guards
  • Key card and biometric access control, secure access turnstile, surveillance cameras

  • CyrusOne Zero Water Consumption Cooling: No water is consumed to cool this facility (such as water towers or evaporative cooling). Minimal amounts of water are used for humidification and facility maintenance.  This facility uses free cooling, variable frequency drives, and energy-efficient CRAH units to achieve high efficiency air-cooled chilling.  An average US data center of the same size typically consumes over half a million gallons of water per month for cooling.


  • Regional Water Stress: While the Council Bluffs area currently faces low water stress, this is projected to increase in the future. Unlike many other data centers, CyrusOne’s Council Bluffs facility will not use water for cooling and will therefore be insulated from this regional water risk, both current and future.
Water Risk and Use Now 2030 Projection 2040 Projection
Regional Water Stress Low High High
CyrusOne Water Use Zero Consumption Zero Consumption Zero Consumption

(Risk assessment and projections based on WRI Aqueduct Tool)


  • Regional Grid Greenhouse Gases: How much greenhouse gas does this facility’s local electrical grid emit while generating electricity?  (Useful for Location-based greenhouse gas reporting)
Greenhouse Gases 2004 2007 2012 2016 2018
MTCO2/MWh 0.823 0.781 0.646 0.562 0.562

The carbon-intensity of the grid has improved about 2.7% points per year over the last 14 years of published data.  Reported by the US EPA eGRID MRO West subregion (MROW).


  • Regional Grid Renewables: What percentage of this facility’s local electrical grid is from renewable sources (wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal)?
Grid Renewables 2004 2007 2012 2016 2018
Percent from renewable sources 6.8% 7.9% 22.8% 27.4% 29.3%

This has been increasing about 1.9% points per year over the last 14 years of published data.  Based on US EPA eGRID MRO West subregion (MROW).

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