Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for the data center industry:
IO selected by KnowledgeCentrix. IO has been awarded a contract with KnowledgeCentrix, a leader in technology solutions. IO will provide KnowledgeCentrix with Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) delivered out of the IO New Jersey location. The flexible solution will allow KnowledgeCentrix to scale and expand into modules through IO's modular data center technology platform IO.Anywhere. "I am excited about the opportunity to expand the KnowledgeCentrix services offerings to the east coast," said Chris Andreozzi. "The modular data center approach offered by IO made this expansion both logical and cost effective. The geographic diversity will provide KnowledgeCentrix Private Cloud, Managed Services, and Cloud Backup clients additional redundancy as well as capacity on demand. I am pleased with the current and future partnership with IO."
Peak 10 selected by Cloudstar. Peak 10 announced that it is delivering cloud computing solutions and high-availability storage to Cloudstar Consulting Corporation. Cloudstar is a national provider of cloud computing, voice over IP, systems management and strategic consulting for the real estate, insurance, financial and related industries. Peak 10 will deliver the solution out of its Jacksonville data center. “We felt that in order to progress in the marketplace, we needed to work with a data center company that is at the forefront of the cloud computing industry and could deliver added support for our cloud offerings,” said Gregory McDonald, the founder and CEO of Cloudstar Consulting Corporation. “Peak 10’s ability to deliver multi-site, hot failover solutions provides an extra layer of protection for our clients. With Peak 10, we’re confident that our customers will see a direct benefit in speed, stability and support.”
Interxion awarded Uptime's M&O approval. Interxion (INXN) announced that it has been awarded the Management & Operations Stamp of Approval for the Interxion Paris 3 and Interxion Paris 5 sites situated in Saint-Denis. The Uptime Institute Stamp of Approval validates the critical facilities management and operations practices of an existing data center and provides third-party assurance that the site management satisfies industry-recognized criteria for 24 x 7 uptime. Interxion facilities were subjected to strict scrutiny for staffing and organization, maintenance, training, planning, coordination and management, and operating conditions. "It goes without saying that our customers expect state-of the-art design and build when they select their data centres," said declared Fabrice Coquio, Managing Director, Interxion France. "But increasingly we’re finding that how the data centre is maintained and operated is a key criteria for many customers. This award is validation of Interxion's operational excellence in the management and organisation of its data centres, as demanded by its major corporate clients."
AIS completes SSAE SOC 1 and 2 exams. American Internet Services (AIS) announced it has successfully completed the SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type 2 and the SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type 2 audits for its San Diego and Phoenix enterprise-class data centers. The SOC 1 report covers Financial Reporting and is designed to be a reporting standard for a business' financial reports, and the SOC 2 report covers the suitability of the design and operating effectiveness of controls to meet the criteria for the security and availability principles set forth by the Trust Services Principles. “This is an important milestone for AIS – affirming that our enterprise-class data centers have the appropriate internal controls in place for assuring the highest level of standards for compliance, security and availability,” said Tim Caulfield, chief executive officer at AIS. “We want our clients to feel comfortable that we are committed to taking the necessary steps to assure their peace-of-mind as they seek us out for colocation, connectivity, managed services and now, our full-featured cloud service. Our SOC 2 examination clearly sets us apart from our San Diego competition.”