Horizon Data Center Solutions Reaches Capacity at Dallas One Data Center and Continues Growth with New Customers

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Horizon Data Center Solutions, which launched in mid-2008, reached its first anniversary in business while exceeding growth projections. The company's first Dallas data center is full, while a second one is filling fast with new customers seeking more and more services. The company is actively seeking additional space in Houston, Northern Virginia and Northern California as it enters its second year of business.

After just one year of operations, Horizon Data Center Solutions says it is well ahead of initial company projections for its first year and has reached capacity in its first 25,000 square foot data center, with new customers already filling their second Dallas location, according to Lance A. Smith, CEO of Horizon.

Faster than anticipated growth was aided by growing demand for outsourced IT services, including colocation, the acquisition of managed services provider Mareechi, a successful foray into the government sector, and the company's flexible approach to serving clients.

"Unlike many businesses, the state of the economy has actually fueled a portion of our growth. Companies are looking for more economical ways to ensure the integrity of their information systems. Today, building expensive data centers and complex computing infrastructures that require large capital expenditures is not desirable for most companies. Since both colocation and outsourced managed services save businesses money, we are benefitting from the desire to be economically efficient while securing world-class IT services," Smith says.

Smith said that only a small amount of space for caged colocation customers remains available in the company's Dallas One data center, where Horizon will continue to provide hosting and managed services.

Rapid growth is expected to continue for Horizon as it enters its second year of operation, and revenues are anticipated to top $20 million per annum by EOY 2009, as additional customers begin moving into Dallas Two.

Already several thousand square feet of colocation space is under contract for the company's second free-standing facility. New customers include a national home builder, an 800-physician medical practice management company, a multi-state higher education institution and a Department of Defense infrastructure security installation.

According to Smith, a major factor that has spurred the company's growth is their focus on providing flexible services and flexible terms that meet client needs.

"When we established this business one of our goals was to do things differently than they'd been done before. The major data center providers in this country focus solely on serving the needs of billion dollar businesses. However, businesses of all sizes require data security and business continuity strategies that protect them from outages or data loss that can shut everything down. Our FlexSpace Program was something businesses had never seen from a data center company with such high quality data center facilities and dedicated, managed services and it's attracted a lot of attention," Smith says.

Horizon's FlexSpace Program provides customized terms that meet the needs of businesses of all sizes and removes the barriers to traditional "return-on-capital" models utilized by other colocation providers. The approach has allowed Horizon to fill a niche that had long been ignored in the data center marketplace.

Smith says businesses select Horizon because they offer commissioned, Tier III data centers that carry industry leading Tier IV attributes and SAS 70 Type II audits, which regulated businesses demand. Horizon recently completed its formal audit process with KPMG-Dallas. The audit includes a complete analysis of both the Dallas One and Dallas Two data centers.

Smith says that when his team launched Horizon Data Center Solutions in 2008, they anticipated having 50,000 square feet of raised floor space in the Dallas market quickly filled by clients that would be attracted to their different approach to doing business. Both the executive team and investors are now focused on continued growth in other geographic markets, as well as further market penetration in segments like oil and gas, healthcare, and government.

Horizon is actively seeking new data center real estate in markets that include Houston, Northern California, and Northern Virginia. Horizon is represented by GVA Cawley, a Dallas-based real estate broker with expertise in high tech facilities. Smith says their expanding government practice and strong quarter-by-quarter growth has accelerated their aggressive expansion plans by several months.

"We are finding that the market for data security has not faltered with the economy. If anything, more businesses are shopping their services around, looking for reliable data center services that offer more flexible terms that cater to their specific business needs. Our business proposition is different than any out there in that regard, and over the past year that's proven to be a very good thing," Smith says.

For more information, contact Chuck Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, at 214-556-4138.

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

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