Retail+® colocation facility to be managed by award-winning data center operator T5 Facilities Management (T5FM); Facility will pilot innovative new lithium-ion UPS battery technology with Emerson Network Power
Skokie, Ill. – January 29, 2015 – Forsythe Technology announced today that its 221,000 square foot Forsythe Data Centers Retail+® colocation facility in Elk Grove Village, Illinois is nearing completion and on track to open for client operations in May 2015. Forsythe Data Centers is partnering with T5 Facilities Management (T5FM), a T5 Data Centers Company that provides third-party on-site facilities management services to data center owners across North America.
T5FM applies the same best practices used in all of T5 Data Centers’ facilities, including policies and procedures to mitigate risk and eliminate operational concerns with an emphasis on safety, training, and customer communication. T5FM currently operates data center facilities in Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Portland, and Chicago.
“Forsythe has extensive experience optimizing colocation solutions and building data centers, and in providing technology products and services within those data centers” said Steve Harris, vice president, development, Forsythe Data Centers. “We are excited to augment our capabilities with T5FM’s proven operations expertise to provide our clients with best-in-class colocation facility solutions.”
“We launched T5 Facilities Management specifically to support operations like Forsythe Data Centers,” said Mike Casey, president of T5 Facilities Management. “Applying the expertise we perfected managing T5’s wholesale data center portfolio, we can now offer the same proven policies and quality of service to Forsythe clients no matter what their data center needs.”
Forsythe also announced the piloting of innovative new, beta-stage Lithium-Ion UPS battery technology with its partner Emerson Network Power at the new facility. Forsythe and Emerson have been partners since 2009.
“Lithium-Ion battery technology is a game-changing innovation for stored energy in the data center. It delivers total cost of ownership benefits such as inherently longer life, which results in fewer replacements and lower maintenance costs. Capital efficiency is seen through improved use of space with smaller footprint and no unique ventilation requirements, lowering construction and installation costs, allowing Forsythe to pass these savings along to its own tenants,” said David Sonner, vice president, power products, Emerson Network Power in North America.
The Liebert® Lithium-Ion battery cabinets are supporting Liebert NX UPS 300kVA and 500kVA systems in the Forsythe Data Centers facility. These cabinets will be available for the general public in late 2015.
“Forsythe Data Centers is designed to take advantage of the latest innovations in power and cooling technology to provide our clients with energy and space-efficient, high-density, private data center suites that will serve them well into the future. We are excited to have been chosen as the first real-world commercial environment in which Emerson’s new Lithium-Ion UPS battery technology will be used,” said Harris.
Forsythe Data Centers, which offers 1,000-4,000 sq. ft. secure, client-controllable private suites, as well as micro-suites and cabinets, will also bring together Forsythe’s independent, multi-vendor Technology Evaluation Center, its Integration and Configuration Center and its Executive Briefing Center under one roof. This new integrated technology center will help Forsythe clients plan, procure, build, test, migrate, house, and manage their IT environments in one location. Forsythe Data Centers' clients will have access to all of Forsythe’s offerings, including, but not limited to:
Forsythe designed the data center facility to comply with U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification standards. Forsythe also expects to obtain Tier III certification from the Uptime Institute, a certification currently held by 69 data centers in the U.S. and 524 worldwide, few of which are colocation facilities. Once in operation, the facility will apply for SSAE-16 and ISO-9001-2008 certification.
For more information visit www.forsythedatacenters.com
Founded in 1971, Forsythe is one of the largest, independent IT integrators in North America, serving approximately 1,000 U.S. and Canada-based companies. Clients come to Forsythe for help optimizing cost, managing risk, improving performance and enabling innovation within their IT and data center operations to deliver greater value to their business. Forsythe’s experience crosses all facets of the data center. Forsythe provides independent professional services and financial solutions, as well as IT products from all the leading IT infrastructure manufacturers and vendors, and related services. Forsythe is privately held and 100-percent employee-owned, with nearly 1,000 employees in 40 locations. 2013 was Forsythe’s 43rd consecutive profitable year, with revenues of $1.1 billion. Forsythe Data Centers, Forsythe/McArthur Associates Inc., Forsythe Solutions Group Inc., Forsythe Technology Canada Inc., Forsythe International Inc., KillerIT, Mentora Group, SOS Security and Synnefo Technology Solutions are wholly owned subsidiaries of Forsythe Technology Inc.
“Retail+®” is a registered trademark of Forsythe Data Centers, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
About T5 Facilities Management
T5 Data Centers provides enterprise and wholesale colocation data center services to organizations across North America using proven, best-in-class technology and techniques to design and develop facilities that deliver the lowest possible total cost of operations for its customers. In addition to operating T5 Data Centers’ wholesale data center portfolio, T5 Facilities Management (T5FM), a T5 Data Centers Company, provides 3rd party on-site facilities management services to data center owners across North America. T5FM applies the same best practices used in all of T5 Data Centers’ facilities, including policies and procedures to mitigate risk and eliminate operational concerns with an emphasis on safety, training, and customer communication. T5FM currently operates data center facilities in Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Portland, and Chicago.
For more information, visit www.t5datacenters.com/facilities-management/
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