Defense IT specialist NJVC this week opened a 20,000 square foot data center in Reno, Nevada, adding 8,000 square feet of raised floor space to support its cloud and data center solutions. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the data center located in the Reno Tahoe Technology Park.
The opening comes as Reno is gaining fresh attention as a data center destination int he wake of Apple's decision to build a new data center in the area. It also represents the latest phase in an expansion for NJVC, which recently opened a new data center in Richmond.
NJVC chose Reno because it lies on the western edge of a geographic "safe zone" for disasters, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, making it one of the most stable data center environments in the continental United States. Other factors, such as the region’s connection to the national fiber overlay, ensure very low latencies for data throughput. The low costs of building space, power cooling and low overhead also were contributing factors, according to NJVC President Jody Tedesco.
"This data center is a milestone for NJVC because it is the first such facility that the company will manage for customers," Tedesco said. "The opening of this data center is timed to coincide with the company’s expansion into new commercial markets, particularly financial services, energy and healthcare.
"NJVC has more than a decade of experience delivering a full spectrum of highly secure data center services to customers in the intelligence and defense communities," Tedesco said. "This expertise in providing mission-critical data center services carries over to supporting the IT environments of commercial customers, where reliability and low data latency are vital.
The two-story facility was built in 2002 and will house 32 employees and provide a full suite of data center services that meet the security compliance requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)—critical for banking/financial and healthcare customers. The facility also is being retrofitted to Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) moderate and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) security accreditation levels for government customers.
The data center space will be placed into operation in phases, with a first [hase of about 2,000 square feet.
“NJVC will continue to invest in the data center as the number of customers and service demand rise,” said Joe Arthur, vice president and general manager, NJVC data center services.