Empire Power Systems and i/o Data Centers Announce a Multi-Million Dollar Deal Supplying Back-Up Power

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i/o Data Centers and Empire Power Systems, the Caterpillar distributor for Arizona, Southeast California and Northern Mexico, announced today an arrangement that will ensure i/o Data Centers reliable back-up power for the build out of state-of-the-art data centers. In this agreement, Empire Power Systems will supply Caterpillar back up power generation products to i/o data centers. Scheduled for 2008, i/o Data Centers' Scottsdale ONE data center facility will have 16 megawatts of back up power supplied by Caterpillar.

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Cat has a reputation as being a premium product in this market and that matches up well with our desire to create a high level of confidence in our ability to host our client's most important information. In the arrangement with Empire, we get the highest quality of product and we also have access to the capabilities of a very large Caterpillar distributor.

i/o Data Centers and Empire Power Systems, the Caterpillar distributor for Arizona, Southeast California and Northern Mexico, announced today an arrangement that will ensure i/o Data Centers reliable back-up power for the build out of state-of-the-art data centers.

In this agreement, Empire Power Systems will supply Caterpillar back up power generation products to i/o data centers. Scheduled for 2008, i/o Data Centers' Scottsdale ONE data center facility will have 16 megawatts of back up power supplied by Caterpillar. "Over the course of time, Caterpillar products have been dominant in applications that we consider 'mission critical'. Applications such as data centers and life safety systems qualify as mission critical," states Brett Burns, General Manager at Empire Power Systems.

"We appreciate the efforts of i/o Data Centers to bring value to their clients. They certainly didn't take a traditional approach to their power needs," continues Burns. "The management of the company had prior experience in operating data centers. As a result, they were very involved in the selection process for each section of the power system, and made an 'all things considered' decision on each component. The very nature of stand by power isn't something that you want to outsource to the lowest bidder."

"The Caterpillar name implies quality," states Tony Wanger, Senior Managing Director of i/o Data Centers. "Cat has a reputation as being a premium product in this market and that matches up well with our desire to create a high level of confidence in our ability to host our client's most important information. In the arrangement with Empire, we get the highest quality of product and we also have access to the capabilities of a very large Caterpillar distributor."

"The decisions we make in our design and construction process are really about building confidence for our clients and ensuring a successful operation for the long run. We are confident that we chose the right partner in Empire and Caterpillar products for our back up power generation," says Wanger.

About i/o Data Centers:
i/o Data Centers is a completely integrated data center services firm that designs, builds and operates world class raised-floor data centers, to include data center space, conditioned uninterruptible power, network neutral telecommunications access and internet bandwidth to global standards with a single point of accountability.

i/o Data Centers, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, delivers high performance data center and co-location services to enterprises of all sizes. Visit i/o Data Centers to learn more about dedicated data center suites, cages and cabinets on the web at iodatacenters.com.

About Empire Power Systems:
Empire Power Systems is a division of Empire Southwest, regarded as one of the top Caterpillar distributors in the world. Empire Power Systems supplies highly engineered power solutions backed by unparalleled product. Empire Southwest and its 1800 employees have been helping build and shape the Southwest since 1950.

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