Lee Technologies has been selected by Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR) to operate 10 of its data center facilities around the United States, the companies said today. Lee Technologies, which supplies staff to manage data center infrastructure, said it needed just a month to transition a team of 35 facility technicians to support the 10 Digital Realty Trust data centers in Phoenix, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas and Houston.
“Lee Technologies quickly demonstrated its mission-critical expertise after successfully providing facility operations at our Paris and Dublin data centers, and we have full confidence they will deliver the same level of performance across these U.S. multi-customer facilities,” said Chris Crosby, Senior Vice President of Digital Realty Trust. “With Lee Technologies’ facility technicians at 10 of our primary mission-critical, multi-customer facilities will enable us to continue to deliver a five 9’s level of reliability in our Turn-Key Datacenter facilities as we have for the past four years.”
Lee Technologies has commissioned critical power equipment for more than 5 million square feet of mission-critical space and currently maintains critical equipment that supports over 3 million square feet throughout the U.S. The company also on-site staffing services for over 700 locations. Lee Technologies says its business has grown as companies have experienced difficulty filling positions in their data centers. The AFCOM Data Center Institute (DCI) predicted three years ago that the talent pool of “qualified senior level technical and management data center professionals” would contract 45% by 2015, and this year updated its report to indicate that “due to the recession, the shrinking of the talent pool … has actually sped up.”
“Digital Realty Trust has earned an unmatched reputation among its corporate customers for reliability and efficiency across its global properties, and we are honored to have been selected for this project,” said Mike Hagan, Senior Vice President of National Sales for Lee Technologies.
Lee Technologies operates a National Operations Center in the Washington, D.C. area, and has offices in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Dublin, Ireland.