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RED AWARDS 2014: Best Office

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎


CyrusOne Data Center
Developer: CyrusOne Network Company
Contractor: J.E. Dunn Construction
Architect: PHArchitecture/Corgan Associates
Size: 200,293 SF
Location: 2335 S. Ellis St., Chandler
Completed: February 2013

CyrusOne Chandler is one of the first data center developments to target LEED Silver certification or higher. The exterior materials and building colors were chosen for their highly reflective surfaces and resistance to heat transfer. Louvered canopies were built to provide shade and reduce solar exposure. The landscaping consists of a combination of desert pallet plants and trees that are watered with an onsite reclaimed retention pond. This energy efficient building caused complications during construction because of a quick timeline and specific building materials. The design and construction teams were spread across the United States and had to rely on technology meeting tools and streamlined communication.

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CGI expands in Phoenix and Tempe, bringing new IT jobs

CGI Group Inc., a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the opening of its newest Global Infrastructure Services support facility at Tempe Crossroads in Tempe.

Planned hiring in Tempe, and at CGI’s Phoenix-based U.S. Data Center, will grow CGI’s employee base in the region by more than 30 percent. Its new 11,000 square foot Tempe offices at 309 West Elliot Road will house more than 150 employees, bringing CGI’s total headcount in Arizona to more than 550.

CGI’s Phoenix area operations offer highly skilled, in-demand career opportunities in cloud computing, virtualization, cyber security, data center operations, client application hosting and infrastructure management. Aligned with the company’s veterans initiative, military veterans are among those encouraged to apply for entry-level to highly experienced technical positions.

Arizona ranks fifth in Fortune’s list of Fastest Growing Tech Markets, and CGI is growing its presence in the state to support federal, state and local governments and Fortune 100 companies with high-quality technology infrastructure services. CGI also supports federal clients from its offices in Sierra Vista and Tucson.

A leader in cloud computing, CGI’s U.S. data center operations were granted provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) by the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) of the Federal Risk Management Authorization Program (FedRAMPSM). Frost & Sullivan recognized has CGI with its North American Company of the Year Award in Government Cloud Solutions.

“CGI recognizes the quality of Arizona’s workforce and is pleased to expand our operations in the Phoenix technology corridor. This is a great opportunity to draw on a strong talent pool while offering outstanding career opportunities locally,” said Douglas Crane, Vice President of Global Infrastructure Services at CGI. “We are committed to delivering an outstanding work experience and being active members of the community.”

Interested candidates should visit www.cgi.com/careers to view open positions in Phoenix.

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IO Expands Asia Pacific Presence

IO, the global pioneer in the manufacture of software-defined data centers with Intelligent Control® next-generation data center infrastructure technology, today named Tractors Machinery International Pte. Ltd (TMI) as its distribution partner in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. This partnership advances IO’s aggressive global expansion strategy to provide the world’s biggest companies with sustainable data center solutions that deliver extraordinary capital savings, operational efficiencies and energy conservation.

IO is the first company in the Asia Pacific market to provide Data Center 2.0 technology, which consists of purpose-built products that are manufactured rather than constructed, marking a fundamental shift in the way data centers are assembled, consumed and operated. TMI will serve as IO’s exclusive distributor of the IO.Anywhere® platform, which includes standard, secure, and UL-listed data center modules that replace, augment or transform traditional data center infrastructure. TMI also will distribute IO.OS®, the world’s first true data center operating system that integrates modular and legacy infrastructure with the entire IT stack, providing unsurpassed visibility, insight and control to optimize data center performance.

“IO’s Data Center 2.0 products are embraced by the most demanding enterprise technology users in the world, and Asia Pacific is a highly sophisticated market,” said Oon Ho Tan, General Manager of Tractors Machinery International Pte. Ltd, “With IO, we are empowered to deliver next-generation technology that optimizes service delivery, reduces risks and aligns the data center with the needs of business and IT.”

By partnering with IO, TMI gains exclusive rights going forward to distribute IO.Anywhere products within the territory, as well as access to IO training and certification programs, technology resources, and sales and marketing support.  As an IO global distribution partner, TMI is poised to generate incremental revenue by leveraging IO’s next–generation technology platform and global brand equity.

“With the global rise of mobility, cloud and big data, companies everywhere must rely on their data centers to deliver unprecedented business agility,” said Adil Attlassy, IO Senior Vice President of Global Operations.  “TMI is ideally situated to help IO’s global clients improve data center efficiency, agility, security, reliability and sustainability.”

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Involta to Open New Data Center in Tucson

 

Involta is holding a grand opening next week to celebrate its newest data center, this one at 1215 E. Pennsylvania St. in Tucson.

Involta’s facility in Tucson will be a concurrently maintainable, multi-tenant data center. This 38,000+ SF facility will provide businesses and organizations with secure data storage in a cutting-edge, high-tech environment.

“The Tucson data center will present significant advantages for businesses and organizations in the region,” said Bruce Lehrman, Involta CEO. “Building and maintaining a separate, stand-alone data center is extremely costly. By colocating with other tenants, organizations can realize the advantages of a first-class data center while actually reducing operating costs. Use of this data center will allow business leaders to focus on their core businesses rather than complex infrastructure and facility issues.”

Involta has invested nearly $10M in facility and communications infrastructure to enable the success of the data center.

“This project is a great example of private sector investment in Tucson,” said Dave Hutchens, President of Tucson Electric Power. “Involta’s investment revitalizes an existing facility, adds high-paying job opportunities and enhances our community’s network connectivity and technology infrastructure.”

TEP was a critical partner in bringing the Involta project from vision to reality.

“TEP has supported our project at every step, from the executive level to engineering to customer account services,” Lehrman said.  “TEP’s partnership, in turn, generated enthusiasm for our project with Tucson’s economic development leadership.  It’s been a great experience getting to know the business leaders of this community.”

In addition to Tucson, Involta has data centers in Iowa, Ohio, Idaho and Minnesota.

 

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IO Attracts Top Tech Talent

IO, the leading provider of next-generation modular data center technology and services, today announced Alan McIntosh, former chief information officer at Groupon has been appointed senior vice president of global technology delivery and Apple marketing veteran Anne Wolf has been appointed senior vice president of global marketing and communications. Additionally, Bob Butler has been promoted to chief security officer (CSO) in charge of global information security and privacy.

These executive appointments follow a blockbuster quarter for IO with the Goldman Sachs adoption of IO Data Center 2.0 technology, the award of the Underwriter’s Laboratories first ever certification for a modular data center product, and a $90 million funding round. IO’s solutions enable organizations to shift from real estate-based data center infrastructure to efficient, sustainable, and software-optimized IO.Anywhere modules. These highly experienced additions to the management team will better enable IO to manage the rapid growth at IO due to the accelerating adoption of Data Center 2.0 by global enterprises, governments and service providers.

McIntosh will help drive this growth and apply his deep knowledge in cloud infrastructure to IO’s global technology delivery strategy and implementation. He has a proven track record in designing and operating web scale global Internet infrastructure at Groupon, CBS Interactive, CNET Networks and Oracle. McIntosh brings both the operations and technical experience that is essential for successfully managing the day-to-day operations at a company that is moving as quickly as IO.

Wolf brings more than two decades of Fortune 500 technology industry experience that includes a ten-year product and solution marketing tenure with Apple. She most recently held the position of Chief Marketing Officer for 41st Parameter, a leading fraud detection solution provider for the world’s top financial institutions and e-commerce companies. At IO, Wolf will drive the global brand, strategic product marketing, corporate communications and Data Center 2.0 market education.

Formerly Vice President of Government Strategies at IO, Butler has been promoted to Chief Security Officer at IO, where he will oversee internal information security, privacy and cyber security readiness for our products and among our global customer base. Butler has over 32 years of multinational experience spanning Defense, Intelligence, National Security and Information Technology positions. Prior to IO, Butler served two years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy, where he was responsible to the Secretary of Defense and senior Defense leaders for recommending and implementing policy strategies to improve the Defense Department’s cyber position.

“At IO you are the average of your team,” says George D. Slessman, CEO of IO. “As we approach the tipping point for Data Center 2.0 globally, IO is succeeding by attracting, developing and nurturing world class talent like Alan, Anne and Bob. “

 

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IO CEO Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship

Goldman Sachs recognized IO CEO George Slessman as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs of 2012 at its recent Builders & Innovators Summit in Newport Beach, California.

Goldman Sachs selected Slessman as one of 100 leaders from multiple industries to be honored at the event. Slessman has been an executive in the data center industry for over a decade and a technology leader and entrepreneur for more than 15 years. In this brief period of time, he has founded and successfully exited several technology businesses, inventing and delivering transformational software, hardware and clean energy technologies for the benefit of enterprise, government and service provider customers. In addition to being recognized as a thought leader in the technology industry that solves problems for customers, his companies have organically created over a billion dollars of value for his investors to date.

“I am humbled to be included in this summit,” said Slessman. “This is truly an acknowledgement of the extraordinary people, organizations, and customers that I have had the privilege to learn from and work with in my own professional journey.”

“We are honored to recognize George Slessman as one of the top 100 most innovative entrepreneurs in the technology industry,” said David Solomon, co-head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs. “This inaugural event brought together emerging entrepreneurs paired with seasoned entrepreneurs from a diverse set of industries to discuss how to build great and enduring companies that reshape industries and the world through innovation.”

For more than 140 years, Goldman Sachs has been advising and financing entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their businesses. In addition to honoring 100 entrepreneurs, the conference included general sessions and clinics led by Goldman Sachs experts and resident scholars.

IO designs, engineers and delivers data center infrastructure for the world’s largest enterprises, governments and service providers. IO owns and operates data centers for hundreds of customers, and has leveraged this experience to build a next-generation Data Center 2.0 cloud enabling technology platform. IO.Anywhere modular data centers provide enterprise-class infrastructure that can be delivered as DCaaS and rapidly deployed as a product to customer sites anywhere in the world. IO developed the first data center infrastructure operating system, IO.OS, to provide the intelligent control needed to maximize utilization, resiliency and energy efficiency. IO is a privately held company headquartered in Phoenix. For more information on IO, please visit us on the web at .io.com

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IO Closes $90 Million In Funding Led By New World Ventures

Phoenix-based IO, the leading provider of next-generation modular data center technology and services, today announced it has raised $90 million in equity from a group led by New World Ventures, a Chicago-based venture capital firm focused on technology innovations that fundamentally change markets. Existing IO investors also participated in the funding.

“From the moment we saw this product, we knew it would revolutionize the industry,” said Chris Girgenti, New World Ventures managing partner and newly appointed member of IO’s Board of Directors. Girgenti added: “Designed from the ground up, IO delivers world class data center infrastructure capacity at substantially lower capital cost, with significantly shorter lead times, while providing industry leading energy efficiency. Led by a terrific and deep team, IO is set to make some big waves.” The New World Ventures investment of $50 million is the largest single transaction in the fund’s 15-year history.

IO delivers Data Center 2.0 technology to the world’s largest enterprises, governments and service providers. Data Center 2.0 solutions enable organizations to shift from real estate-embedded infrastructure to efficient, sustainable, and software-driven modular installations. IO’s Data Center 2.0 products and services allow companies to implement only the data center capacity they need to support business requirements, while also providing the ability to add more capacity quickly without IT downtime. IO’s integrated hardware and software technology enables significant operating and capital expense savings and supports energy conservation initiatives.

“We are very excited to have New World Ventures as an investor and partner,” said George D. Slessman, IO chief executive officer. “With this round of capital investment, we will expand our sales footprint globally and position IO as the global leader in Data Center 2.0 technology.”

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Goldman Sachs Selects IO as Global Modular Data Center Provider of Choice

Phoenix-based IO, the leading provider of next-generation modular data center technology and services, announced that it has entered into a long-term, strategic technology partnership with the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (“Goldman Sachs”) as its preferred, global modular data center provider.

As part of this partnership, Goldman Sachs will utilize IO’s modular data center technology in multiple, global Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) locations including Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. Goldman Sachs also will deploy IO.Anywhere modular technology in its internal data centers and will use IO’s IO.OS, the premier secure data center operating system, in each deployment to gain business intelligence, real-time visibility and control of its environments to achieve optimal data center performance.

This innovative “Data Center 2.0” strategy marks a shift from large real estate-based infrastructures to flexible and sustainable modular installations. In addition to greater operating and capital expense savings, Goldman Sachs expects to enhance energy conservation and power usage effectiveness (PUE) associated with its data center facilities through its service agreement with IO.

“We are pleased to partner with IO and believe their Data Center 2.0 strategy provides sustainable enhancements to our data center operations,” said Don Duet, global co-chief operating officer of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs. “Their innovative technology and services will allow Goldman Sachs to scale its data center operations more efficiently, and further advance the firm’s broader commitment to environmental stewardship and reduced carbon footprint.”

“IO has set the new industry standard with Data Center 2.0 by changing the way data centers are assembled, consumed and operated—affording our clients greater capital savings, operational efficiencies and energy conservation,” said George D. Slessman, CEO, IO. “Goldman Sachs’ adoption of Data Center 2.0 principles and the resulting technology partnership with IO will accelerate the transformation of data center technology and its delivery.  Technology and relentless innovation are now driving data center infrastructure decisions for the largest companies in the world.”

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SunGard Expands Services Capability In Scottsdale

SunGard Availability Services announced it has completed expansion of its data center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Designed to meet increasing customer demand for colocation, managed services and recovery services, SunGard’s investment will help customers address their business IT needs without incurring the capital and operating expenses of building and running their own data centers.

The expansion project adds 7,400 square feet of raised floor and nearly one megawatt of power, bringing the facility’s total capacity to three megawatts. SunGard offers customers a 100 percent power availability service level agreement and their choice of six tier-one Internet Service Providers for network availability, capacity and diversity. SunGard delivers fully managed IT services and recovery services with experienced staff on premise 24×7 within the expanded Scottsdale facility.

The Scottsdale project follows major expansions at SunGard data centers in Philadelphia and Carlstadt, N.J. earlier this year. SunGard has made a major commitment to Arizona with data centers in Scottsdale and Phoenix, and the Scottsdale project’s general contractor was Caliente Construction of Mesa, Ariz. The Phoenix/Scottsdale region is seen as an optimal data center location due to the area’s low risk of natural disasters; low-cost, reliable energy supplies; and close proximity to Southern California.

“This expansion better enables organizations to select space and power environments to meet their needs today and be confident they can grow as requirements evolve – with ability to add managed and recovery services for long-term agility,” said Joe Sullivan, vice president, product management – managed services, SunGard Availability Services.

“Customers are backed by a skilled team of multi-specialty IT professionals who provide comprehensive technical, administrative and engineering support for their application environments.”

SunGard’s colocation and managed services allow organizations to run their business applications at a SunGard facility rather than at their own data centers. SunGard solutions include hosting services, application services, e-mail and collaboration services, network services, managed security services, storage services and replication services.

These solutions are suited to organizations of all sizes that require a secure, highly available and redundant IT environment.

At the Scottsdale facility, SunGard also offers disaster recovery services that help organizations recover from business interruptions, and Workforce Continuity services that provide an alternative workspace when a customer facility is unavailable, allowing employees to quickly return to work. Workforce Continuity can support business processes including call center, customer service, order processing, help desk and other key customer functions.

The Scottsdale data center demonstrates SunGard’s commitment to governance, risk and compliance through annual SSAE16 Type II audits, following the ITILv3 framework and certification to the ISO 20000-1 standard. SunGard further enhances its regulatory posture by following security procedures that comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), HIPAA and NIST SP 800-53.

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CyrusOne Completes Steel Framework For Phoenix Data Center

Global colocation solutions provider CyrusOne recently put the last steel beam in place at its Chandler site —officially completing the framework for its 1 MSF “Massively Modular” Phoenix data center complex.

In celebration of the incident-free construction of the steel skeleton, ironworkers hosted a traditional “topping out” ceremony to recognize the quality performance.

Often associated with bridges and skyscrapers, modern-day steelworkers carry forward the topping-out tradition from more domestic roots in history to recognize the important role their skills play in the pinnacle of a structure first being reached.

The custom of placing a tree on a completed structure arrived stateside with early immigrants to America and celebrated barn-raisings and housewarmings. Carried over from European civilizations, the ceremony originally honored a tree spirit for the use of wood in homes or enlisted the blessing of the forest gods for fertile land and home.

The modern-day ceremony involves signing the final steel beam before it is hoisted in the air accompanied by a tree top. Signing the final beam for CyrusOne’s Phoenix data center complex were the local steelworkers, 250 CyrusOne employees and CyrusOne executives.

“It is a proud day for CyrusOne as we bring to life this very special facility. This is perhaps the largest and most innovative purpose-built multitenant datacenter, developed from the ground up, in a decade. This represents a significant step forward in realizing our vision of a CyrusOne western region hub for Fortune 1000 enterprise customers,” said Kevin Timmons, CTO, CyrusOne.

Planned for completion in December, the data center is expected to become the largest of its kind in the country with 110 megawatts of power capacity, delivered from a substation to be built on the property. A highlight of the Chandler topping out ceremony will be the unveiling of the V-shaped roof on the complex, which consists of high sides tapering to a channel down the middle to support the capture of rainwater to repurpose for water management.

J.E. Dunn is the general contractor for the project.

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IO strikes deal with Simplicity Web Hosting

IO, the leading provider of next-generation modular data center technology and services, announced the company has been awarded a contract by Simplicity Web Hosting, which provides single and multiple server colocation, shared web hosting, web design, remote backup and disaster recovery plans for businesses of all sizes.

IO will provide Simplicity Web Hosting with Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) delivered out of the IO Phoenix and IO New Jersey data centers. A key decision driver was IO.Anywhere® modular data center architecture which efficiently supports a high-density computing environment. In addition, Simplicity Web Hosting will deploy IO.OS, the world’s first secure data center infrastructure operating system, to remotely track and manage their data center environment from a single pane of glass.

“We’re focused on making it less complex for businesses to leverage the Internet. With IO, we’re able to provide enterprise-grade technology to our customer base, but also reduce our capital investments and only purchase what we require – with new capacity delivered fast,” said Rick Baranowski, President, Simplicity Web Hosting. “With IO.OS we’re able to gain real-time visibility into our entire data center infrastructure, whether it’s in Arizona or New Jersey, making us better equipped to make well-informed decisions.”

IO owns and operates the largest commercially available modular data centers in the United States to achieve Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certification, IO Phoenix and IO New Jersey. The IO.Anywhere modular data center platform is managed and optimized by the first secure data center operating system, IO.OS, which transforms the data center into an enterprise IT appliance to maximize resiliency, efficiency and utilization. Organizations can deploy on-site or as DCaaS to support cloud computing, high-availability applications, disaster recovery, data center consolidation and other strategic technology initiatives.

IO designs, engineers and delivers data center infrastructure for the world’s largest enterprises, governments and service providers. IO owns and operates data centers for hundreds of customers, and has leveraged this experience to build a next-generation Data Center 2.0 cloud enabling technology platform. IO.Anywhere modular data centers provide enterprise-class infrastructure that can be delivered as Data Center as a Service and rapidly deployed as a product to customer sites anywhere in the world. IO developed the first data center infrastructure operating system, IO.OS, to provide the intelligent control needed to maximize utilization, resiliency and energy efficiency. IO is a privately held company headquartered in Phoenix. For more information on IO, please visit us on the web at io.com.

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New Data Center Breaks Ground In Chandler's 'Price Corridor'

NextFort Ventures, a provider of energy-efficient modular data centers, broke ground on a new data center in Chandler. General contractor is Sunstate Builders and architect is Butler Design Group.

The 130,000SF NextFort Venture Data Center, designed with the environment in mind, will be a mix of office space and computing suites in a unique modular architecture. NextFort employs numerous innovations in power distribution, cooling and facilities architecture to achieve up to 40% better energy efficiency compared to other data centers. Additionally, NextFort has a goal of receiving up to 20% of its total energy usage from renewable sources in 2013.

The NextFort Chandler Data Center is the first facility of its kind designed exclusively for high-density applications, offering customers its NextFort High-Density Computing Suites (NextFort HCS). The NextFort HCS is a highly modular design that provides greater efficiency, rapid deployment, unrivaled security, total customer control, and lower operating costs.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be breaking ground on the NextFort Chandler Data Center after many months of planning and exceptional cooperation with the City of Chandler,” said Mark Towfiq, President and CEO of NextFort Ventures. “We believe our product is unique in the industry and we are confident that it will provide a powerful and highly cost effective solution for all types of customers, ranging from start-up ventures to Fortune 500 companies.”

Enormous increases in demand for data storage and computing created in part by the increased use of mobile apps, social networking sites, and the growth of the internet in emerging markets is creating an optimal environment for NextFort as it embarks on this project. The business-friendly environment in Chandler, the low cost of power, and the presence of robust fiber optic networks, makes Chandler an ideal location for NextFort. The company will employ approximately 25 people in Chandler, and will attract businesses of all types to the area.

This project on Germann Road will be Chandler’s second commercial development this year.

“The fact that companies are making this sort of capital investment in our community is a positive sign for the City of Chandler,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “I think it speaks volumes about the quality of Chandler’s business environment in the Price Corridor and throughout the city as well as the continued economic recovery.”

Both new construction projects are taking place in the Price Corridor, which has long been envisioned as Chandler’s technology hub.

“Price Corridor is a key economic play for Chandler, and our community’s commitment to the vision for that area is now paying dividends,” said Pete Wentis, a broker for CBRE and former member of the City’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

In cooperation with the University of Arizona, NextFort will continue to strive for improvements to the energy efficiency of its data center, making the company a leader in the industry.

“The East Valley, and Chandler in particular, have proven to be very attractive to data center operations,” said Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “NextFort is a world-class company and we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome them – and their passion for innovation – to the region.”

For more information on the new data center in Chandler’s Price Corridor, visit the City of Chandler’s website at chandleraz.gov/Default.aspx?pageid=641.

Yuma Regional Medical Center Data Building, AZRE July/August 2011

IT: Yuma Regional Medical Center Data Center IT Building


YUMA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER DATA CENTER IT BUILDING

Developer: Yuma Regional Medical Center
General contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: Archsol
Location: Yuma
Size: 12,500 SF

The $5.2M freestanding data center will help YRMC transition to Electronic Health/Medical Records (EHR/EMR) and utilize tablet PCs for patient consultation. As a Tier 3 data center, the facility will have multiple independent distribution paths serving its IT equipment. Subcontractors include Delta Diversified, HACI Mechanical and Heywood Builders. Completion is expected by 3Q 2011.


AZRE Magazine, July/August 2011