Fortrust, Consonus Partner on Disaster Recovery

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Fortrust and Consonus have become the latest regional data center specialists to arrange “DR swap” relationships in which they provide data center disaster recovery space and services to one another’s customers.

 Fortrust is a high-availability data center and colocation company based in Denver, while Consonus provides hosting and managed services from its facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. The partnership announced late last week enables customers to utilize both providers’ data center and colocation facilities for geographically diverse disaster recovery and business continuity options.

With customers increasingly are seeking to house their data in at least two separate locations, the quest for geographic redundancy works to the advantage of providers with multiple data centers around the country. DR swap partnerships, which have been seen since 2007, allow regional providers to level the playing field.

Fortrust owns and operates a SAS70 data center and colocation facility in Denver metropolitan area, while Consonus has three high-availability SAS70 data centers in the Salt Lake City area among its 20 locations across the United States. Customers of either company can now colocate their IT infrastructure in Denver and Salt Lake City and interconnect the two facilities, establishing a geographically diverse footprint for increased resiliency.Denver and Salt Lake City, located in the western region of the United States, are separated by approximately 350 miles.

“Fortrust has always placed the utmost importance on the quality of the data center and colocation facility,” said Rob McClary, vice president of Fortrust. “That is why we are pleased to partner with Consonus. We are well-positioned to meet the demand of our customers and Consonus customers for premium colocation facilities and diverse locations for their disaster recovery and business continuity needs.”

“Consonus has provided world-class data center services and IT solutions for more than 20 years to hundreds of customers,” said Rob Muir, vice president of Western Operations for Consonus. “We are pleased to be associated with Fortrust in Denver. This partnership enhances our range of high-availability data center and managed IT service offerings.”

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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