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Telesystem Purchases Data Center in Monroe, Michigan
TOLEDO, Ohio – June 11, 2014 –
Telesystem recently finalized purchase of their second data center, (DC -2) which will serve as a redundant facility for Telesystem’s Data Center-1 (DC-1) housed in Toledo, Ohio. DC-2 is over 30 miles to the north of DC-1, in Monroe, Michigan. The 8,150 square foot building sits on five acres and is protected on three sides by earthen mounds. The remaining side of the data center provides a loading bay and facility parking. Built to period-relevant Department of Defense building specifications, DC-2 is designed for resiliency.
Improvements to DC-2 are already underway to bring the facility within Telesystem’s strict specifications. Those projects include interior enhancements for cooling, electrical service, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) upgrades, fire suppression, and environmental monitoring services. External reinforcements include construction of an expanded mechanicals courtyard and adding in-line water chillers for rack cooling.
The project list for the data center also includes the addition of a $2.5 million fiber transport to connect DC-2 to Telesystem's private network.
Telesystem is also in the process of attaining SOC 2 Type 1 Attestation for DC-2. Don Everts, Director of Project Management at Telesystem explains that, “An attestation award is proof that Telesystem has implemented and consistently follows rigid internal controls governing availability and security operations at DC-2.” Once completed, this recognition will add to the SOC 2, Type 2 Attestation and successful completion of a HIPAA Security Standards audit already realized for DC-1.
With over 4,000 square feet of room for over 100 full cabinets in a redundant power, hot/cold aisle configuration, DC-2 will offer increased security for Telesystem’s Cloud customers. A second data center translates to geographic redundancy between the data centers. Should a natural disaster strike one facility, fail over mechanisms prevent data loss and significant downtime through restoration of data and services to the other data center. DC-2 will also be used to host Telesystem cloud services, provide customer colocation space, and internal geographically redundant equipment.
John Martin, President of Telesystem, states that, “With the increasing demand for Managed Services, Telesystem has purposefully crafted a powerful, comprehensive computing solution to address the need of any - sized business. Acquisition of DC-2 expands those capabilities and adds redundancy to ensure that our Managed Services empower customers with reliable computing resources they can trust.”
With a customer-centric mission, Telesystem is the dominant communications provider for commercial customers primarily in the Northwest/North Central, Ohio and Southeast, Michigan areas. Established in 1994, Telesystem maintains superior customer satisfaction by providing a wide array of integrated communication services and solutions delivered across their highly-advanced fiber SONET and carrier-grade Ethernet core network. Utilizing Session-Initiated Protocol (SIP), offerings such as Hosted Stations (Hosted IP-Centrex), SIP Trunks, high-definition voice and a growing suite of application solutions are available virtually anywhere in the world through the advancement of the Epiphany product portfolio. Telesystem’s managed service offering includes Virtual Servers, Cloud Storage, Cloud Exchange, and Colocation.
Telesystem is a subsidiary of privately-owned Block Communications, Inc., whose other holdings include Buckeye CableSystem, a multiple system cable operator in the Toledo/Sandusky, OH area, the Toledo Blade, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette daily newspapers.