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April 12, 2010

Arizona Considered Ideal for Data Centers

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

While the effects of economic downturn linger, and national unemployment rate tops nine percent, the economic health of some industries still seem to be good and the demand for computing and storage resources has in no way slackened.

This increase is directly proportional to the need for additional facilities to support the equipment that meets this demand.

Arizona, which is considered as a mecca for companies to store their mission critical IT systems, is one of the top locations for data center operations, and the industry has witnessed tremendous growth.

The monthly Arizona International Growth Group meeting, held in coordination with the Arizona Tech Council, served as a platform to discuss what it was about Arizona that attracted data centers.

Greg Davit, channel business development manager for i/o Data Centers, provider of wholesale colocation and data center solutions, an expert panelist, spoke to a group of technology professionals and cited various reasons as to why Arizona was considered an attractive site for data centers.

Davit said that the abundance of power and Internet connectivity in Arizona, as well as the lack of natural disasters, created an environment that provided a cost-effective, well connected and safe environment for data centers.

I/o Data Centers sees a large percentage of their clients come from out of state, due to the attractive geographic, business and IT climate that exist in Arizona. Adequate space, conditioned power, energy efficient systems were factors that added an impetus.

With over 30 megawatts of conditioned power and 650,000 square feet of data center space, which is still expanding, Arizona appears to be an ideal place for colocation.

I/o Data Centers is also addressing the energy their data centers consume by implementing a number of energy efficient systems throughout their data centers including variable frequency drives, ultrasonic humidification, LED lighting and sealed cabinets.

“Not all data centers are created equal,” Davit said, adding that the company worked with clients to help them identify the most effective way to grow their business without having to worry about IT services.

Davit clearly indicated that the company’s growth was an offshoot of organizations needing to streamline IT infrastructure costs and have the reliability to run an “always-on” IT environment.

I/o Data Centers is the leading provider of wholesale colocation and data center solutions. The company designs, builds and operates highly reliable and efficient data centers for some of the world’s largest corporations and Web properties.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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