Here’s our review of some of today’s noteworthy links for the data center industry:
Xerox lands $848 million Texas consolidation contract. Xerox (XRX) has been awarded an eight year, $848 million contract to consolidate 28 facilities for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) to two centralized data centers in the state. The project aims to streamline IT operations, refresh technology and will reduce the cost of running multiple data centers, improving security and disaster recovery capabilities. "This project is about making the best use of taxpayer dollars," said Karen Robinson, DIR executive director. "The new data center services project will stabilize services for our state agency customers, improve responses to state agency needs and allow visibility into system costs so that agencies can manage their use of services for increased efficiency." Capgemini North America said Tuesday that it has signed a six-year, $127 million infrastructure services deal with the Texas DIR to manage and securely monitor infrastructure services for the department in five key areas, including data centers, mainframes, servers, networks and printing and email.
IO selected by Southern Foodservice. IO announced today that they have been awarded a contract by Southern Foodservice Management, Inc., a leading provider in onsite dining, catering and vending services. Delivering IO's Data Center as a Service out of its Phoenix data center, IO will give Southern a high-performance, cost-effective solution – without having to invest resources in building and maintaining its own data center. "We are committed to providing that 'Something Extra' to our customers and that means we need to have the reliable infrastructure in place to support our productivity and business nationwide," said Tom Waldrop, IT Director, Southern Foodservice Management, Inc. "IO delivers the reliability and cost efficiency we need and allows us to focus our internal IT resources on supporting our customer needs rather than managing our data center."
WiredRE brokers 43,000 square foot deal. Wired Real Estate announced it has completed the placement of another national colocation company in a 43,000 square foot California data center. The tier III site in Los Angeles has 5 MW of existing utility service.
Cervalis receives PCI certification. Cervalis announced today that it has received Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) certification for all of their data centers. The PCI DSS is the worldwide information security standard set by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council to help control and minimize points of risk to fraud or compromise of sensitive information. Having this industry-recognized standard at its facilities allows Cervalis to offer a safe, secure and compliant environment to customers, ensuring that Cervalis is keeping policies and procedures up. "Cervalis is pleased to add the PCI certification to our SSAE16 and Cybertrust certifications as we continually strive to address our clients’ business and operational compliance requirements,” said Michael Boccardi, president and CEO of Cervalis. “We will continue to maintain the highest levels of security and offer our customers state-of-the-art secure environments that address their IT operations and business continuity needs," added Boccardi.