I have recently come across several articles that discuss a Boyd Company Study that compares the cost of operating a data center in 35 U.S. cities. Being from the Midwest I was elated (and not at all surprised) to see 2 Iowa cities in the top 10!! I really struggle with why companies choose the location they do for building new data centers. I know the driving factors, but they seem to ignore the Midwest (other than Chicago) when considering sites.
This SearchDataCenter.com (and searchcio) article does the best job of explaining the details of the study done and listing the top 10 sites. Check it out!