Low Power Costs
Utah has some of the nations lowest power costs because of the abundant coal reserves in Utah and Wyoming. Utah's power costs are lower than neighboring Nevada and Arizona and half that of California. If a data center is able to negotiate low power rates with the power utility provider they are able to pass the cost savings on to their customers. In essence, if the service quality is the same in California and in Utah you would find pricing far less for the same service in Utah than in California.
Disaster Safe Geography
Utah is located in an ideal disaster safe zone free of tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes, ice storms and terrorist targets. While earthquakes pose a threat, the risk is minimal due to the pulling apart nature of the fault line as opposed to the fault line that California has which slips and the fault line of India has which collides together pushing the mountains up.
Utah is located on the crossroads of Internet connectivity between the East and West coasts. The fiber paths travel from the East coast to Salt Lake City and then branch out to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Because of the proximity to major fiber paths Utah offers a wide selection of large Internet carriers on-net in Utah's data center facilities.
Abundant, Low-cost Tech Talent
Utah is an emerging tech hub, even garnishing the nickname of Silicon Slopes and major offices of Oracle, Adobe and Microsoft. With robust U of U and BYU computer science and entrepreneurial programs fueling the new tech venture growth, there are lots of tech savvy students seeking employment as well as a solid batch of experienced talent to hire.
Cool Desert Climate
Utah's cool desert climate means low PUE and ultimately lower overhead for providing data center services, allowing the cost savings to be passed on to the customer. Utah's climate almost fits the ASHRAE window for optimal operating temperature and humidity without conditioning the air, which means that for 10 months out of the year the outside air can be used to cool the facility without the added cost of cooling it.