Boulder is home to one of IBM’s largest and “greenest” data centers in North America. Opened in 2008, the 115,000-square-foot facility was designed to significantly reduce energy costs and is part of IBM’s Project Big Green.
Data Storage and Software
The Boulder area has a long history in the information technology industry, dating back to the 1950s when IBM established a facility here. Today, the Boulder area has one of the nation’s largest concentrations of IT employment (6.5 times the US average) and is home to two of the world’s 10 fastest supercomputers. The nationally recognized University of Colorado Department of Computer Science along with Colorado’s leadership in the industry and Colorado’s Technology Association help to make the area an ideal location for IT companies.
Data storage companies with a significant presence in the Boulder area include IBM, Dot Hill Systems, HP’s LeftHand Networks Division, LSI ESG, Quantum Corp., Qualstar Corp., Data Network Group, Rebit, Seagate Technology, Spectra Logic, Oracle, Tandberg Data, SolidFire and Western Digital.
Software and Integrated Systems companies with headquarters or facilities in the Boulder area include Rally Software, Google Boulder, IBM, Boulder Imaging, Intrado, Flatirons Solutions Corp., MD-IT, Enlaso Corp, Amadeus Consulting, Gorilla Logic, Terma Software Labs, Return Path, Shipcompliant, Opttek Systems, Cardinal Peak, Markit on Demand, Webroot, and Xilinx.
Mobile App Developers in the Boulder area include People Productions Media Services Inc, Backflip Studios, Foraker Labs, Inspiring Apps, Imulus, Splick-it Inc, Push IO, TeamSnap, and Earthvisionz.
|Number of Firms||1031|
|Number of Employees||11,614|
|Concentration (location quotient)||5.1|
Source: University of Colorado Business Research Division (2010)