MarquisNet Opens New Data Center
May 29th, 2007 By: Rich Miller
Las Vegas-based colocation provider MarquisNet has opened a 23,000 square foot data center in Riverside, Calif. The company says the new facility is a Tier 4 data center on the Uptime Institute scale, the most robust type of data center.
“We are very excited about the opening of our new Riverside facility, which offers an easily accessible solution for businesses in southern California that need a localized disaster-recovery plan and the highest level of disaster recovery/backup services to ensure economic stability,” said Glenn McKay, the President and Chief Operating Officer of MarquisNet.
MarquisNet Riverside is located in the Riverside Technology Business Park, which is part of the Hunter Business Park. The facility offers immediate, direct access to major freeways and is only 17 miles from Ontario International Airport and about 55 miles from Los Angeles.
DougPosted May 29th, 2007
Hi Rich –
great blog, I really appreciate it. If you could post the source of your stories, I would really appreciate it. I often notice that you have quotes from folks in your articles, without reference to where you got those comments from.
Thanks for the question. When I’m quoting someone in an article, it is from one of three sources:
1. An interview with an industry professional, either at an event or by phone.
2. In the case of a company announcement, from a press release.
3. From another blog.
I will almost always try to attribute and link other blogs. I’ll often link and reference a press release, although not always. This was the case of the MarquisNet release above, which originated with a company release. I find very few real live people start their sentences “We are very excited about …” which nonetheless has become fairly standard in releases.
In the future I’ll try to be mindful of source differentiation when it will help the underlying story.
According to the uptime institute, one of the major criteria for Tier IV classification is 5 years of continuous operation with 99.999% uptime… How can this new facility possibly meet Tier IV standards? It seems to be something to do in Las Vegas to claim that new datacenters are above the strict guidelines of the Uptime Institute (that being said, the MarquisNet people are really good guys, and this is probably just a misquote.
It’s not a misquote. They’re claiming Tier IV. The original release is on PR Newswire. It reads:
“The MarquisNet Riverside facility is a Tier 4 data center, which is the most robust type of data center featuring redundant systems for power and cooling, with multiple distribution paths that are active and fault tolerant.”
MarquisNet’s press release doesn’t say that the site has been certified by the Uptime Institute; it just says that it’s Tier IV. I’ve placed an inquiry with MarquisNet about the Tier IV statement, and haven’t heard back from them. I’ll post something if I do.
As background, the folks from Uptime have noted misuse of the Tier system, specifically in the blurring of tiers (i.e. “Tier III-plus”).
Laura Olson-Reyes of MarquisNet emailed back with additional information about their Riverside data center:
“The Tier 4 designation is based on the distributed redundant configuration based on N+1 architecture. The facility offers System + System redundancy, with two fully redundant electrical supply services derived from different utility primary feeders. We have not yet been audited by The Uptime Institute, but are currently going through the process of getting certified.”