Intel, WebTrends Host With ViaWest in Oregon
December 5th, 2013 By: John Rath
ViaWest powers a Top500 supercomputer and an extension for Webtrends in Oregon, Compass Raleigh-Durham receives LEED Gold, and FORTRUST is awarded the Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations Stamp of Approval in Denver.
ViaWest helps a Top500 supercomputer and Webtrends expand. ViaWest announced that Webtrends is expanding its global SaaS operations to ViaWest’s Data Center Complex in Hillsboro, Oregon. The 80,000 square foot Hillsboro facility is SSAE 16 audited and features 8.5 megawatts of backup power. “We handle billions of transactions a day and reliability, availability and security are primary considerations for Webtrends and our customers,” said Bruce Kenny, Executive Vice President of Product at Webtrends. “ViaWest provides world-class operations with proactive compliance with SSAE 16/SOC 1, 2 and 3 and overall security. This and their partnering model was a crucial factor in our choosing them as our data center partner. We are pleased to expand with ViaWest as they share our fanatical focus on being the very best stewards of our customers’ digital assets.”
ViaWest also announced a partnership with Intel to house their most efficient and densely packed supercomputer in ViaWest’s Hillsboro Data Center. The ‘Cherry Creek’ supercomputer recently debuted at number 400 ranking on the Top 500 Supercomputer List for the most powerful computer systems. “As Oregon’s leading colocation provider, ViaWest is proud to support Intel’s innovation efforts,” states Jim Linkous, Regional Vice President Sales and General Manager for ViaWest. “Our technical team was very excited to support this supercomputer configuration by delivering 140 kW (kilowatts) of power and cooling – a powerhouse configuration in which no other provider had the power or cooling systems to deliver,” he added. The supercomputer utilized 74kW of power spread over two standard cabinets
Compass Raleigh-Durham receives LEED Gold. Compass Datacenters announced it has been awarded the prestigious LEED Gold certification for its data center in the Raleigh-Durham area. The certification was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Completed earlier this year, the 22,000 square foot facility is located in Research Triangle Park (RTP) in North Carolina, and it was built using sustainable engineering and construction practices that adhere to the USGBC’s standards for materials use, water use, energy efficiency and other sustainability criteria. “I am a long-time proponent of LEED certification for data centers going back to my involvement years ago with some of the very first data centers that ever earned approval from USGBC, and I am proud that Compass has earned the first of many LEED certifications for the dedicated data center facilities we build for customers.” said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters. “LEED has tremendous value for the data center industry because the principles LEED is based upon are the same principles that are so important to us as data center professionals: stewardship of materials, capital efficiency, proven best practices for operations, resourcefulness, and on and on.”
FORTRUST receives Uptime’s Management & Operations Stamp of Approval. FORTRUST announced that it has received the Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval from the Uptime Institute for the company’s Denver, Colorado data center. The M&O Stamp of Approval validates the critical facilities management and operations practices and gives third-party assurance that the site management satisfies industry-recognized criteria for 24 x 7 uptime. “The M&O Stamp of Approval substantiates FORTRUST’s High-Availability Service Delivery Model and the ongoing commitment to excellence of our management and operations teams,” said Rob McClary, Senior Vice President and General Manager at FORTRUST. ”This is the basis of our organizational and operations strategies that have provided the results that our customers have become accustomed to for well over 12 years. The engagement conducted by Uptime Institute was a both a collaborative and thorough assessment of our Management and Operations organization.”