New Data Center Realizes Stellar Growth: Horizon Data Center Solutions Captures Large ERP and CRM Clients

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Horizon Data Center Solutions has realized 300 percent growth in the last quarter with its 25,000 square foot Dallas-based data center. Industry experts say the data center managed services provider is gaining attention for its flexible operating philosophy that gives medium and large businesses options for their data center, IT services, and service contracts. Horizon execs credit their reliability and bandwidth, as well as their industry experience and use of state-of-the-art technology.

Our experience in the data center business has taught us a lot about how not to run a data center. Customer needs don't all fit into one neat package, and most large data centers are not willing to bend their programs to meet specific client requirements. Our goal with Horizon is to make sure that customer needs drive the services, not the other way around

Horizon Data Center Solutions launched its operations only a few short months ago, and under the leadership of seasoned industry strategists, the company said it would be growing fast. With several large IBM installations, some major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations, and the signing of three Global 250 companies and a major hospital, HDCS is doing just that, realizing 300 percent growth in the last quarter.

HDCS operates a 25,000 square foot data center in Dallas, part of the Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR) Turn-key® data center portfolio. Horizon's data center offers Tier III space (with Tier IV attributes) per the Uptime Institute definitions. Plans are already underway to lease space to house a second data center that will open later this year, followed closely by a third that will open in 2009.

The fast growth in a competitive market is due, says President and CEO Lance A. Smith, to the company's focus on customer needs and flexibility, as well as on providing the state-of-the art infrastructure that medium to large enterprises require.

HDCS also set out to change the way data centers work. Instead of offering a "one size fits all" solution, the company offers its clients an innovative FlexSpaceâ„¢ Program that allows them to build a customized data center and IT services program that meets their specific space, service level and contract requirements, Smith says.

"Our experience in the data center business has taught us a lot about how not to run a data center. Customer needs don't all fit into one neat package, and most large data centers are not willing to bend their programs to meet specific client requirements. Our goal with Horizon is to make sure that customer needs drive the services, not the other way around," Smith says.

This client-oriented strategy has proven refreshing in the data center world, driving new business from the oil & gas, financial and healthcare markets to Horizon for enterprise managed services.

The company recently commissioned the building of a $2,000,000 private fiber ring that will ensure further reliability and allow the company's clients the benefit of real-time replication for disaster recovery and continuity between data centers. The first two nodes of that ring went on line this month.

"Our growing requirements for private, secure, reliable networks to support data replication and back-ups for our clients can best be served by having our own fiber ring that is fully redundant with diverse routes and entry points into each facility on the network. It offers our clients the security they demand from just one data center, and it also makes possible a variety of other services, including Gigabit Ethernet and TDM circuits," Smith says.

The fiber ring was built and delivered by AboveNet, an industry leader in providing high bandwidth, fiber optic connectivity solutions. Smith says the fiber ring gives HDCS the ability to touch more than 25 carriers over a private network.

"This is big, and when you combine the technology we have with our bandwidth, co-location, managed hosting, and IT services, and then factor in the background expertise of the people at HDCS, it's an incredible combination that brings a lot of value to the marketplace," Smith says.

Jeff Luetzow, HDCS Technology Director, says the new fiber ring brings new possibilities to both existing and future data center clients.

"With the AboveNet solution, we bring 'the Cloud' into our data centers. When we are fully built out, the HDCS private ring will touch all our data centers, the data centers of our partners, and most major carrier hotels," Luetzow said.

For more information on Horizon Data Center Solutions, visit http://www.horizondcs.com.

About Horizon Data Center Solutions (HDCS)
Horizon Data Center Solutions is a premier data center managed services provider. The company works with enterprise clients that run extensive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications that require significant storage and mission-critical reliability. The leadership team of Horizon includes industry experts Lance A. Smith, President and CEO, Jeff Luetzow, Technology Director, and Chuck Smith, CMO/Executive Vice President. The company currently operates one data center that is Tier III with Tier IV attributes. Expansion plans for HDCS call for two additional data centers to open in the next year, with the first scheduled for late 2008.

For more information, contact HDCS at 866.620.7516. http://www.horizondcs.com

Note to Editors:
For more information or to arrange an interview with Lance A. Smith, Jeff Luetzow or another member of the Horizon team, contact Connie Holubar, OutreachPR, 903 880 8217, or via email at connie@outreachpr.com.

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