Bick Group to Design, Build $20 Million Green, Cloud Computing Data Center

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Involta LLC taps Bick Group for its expertise in data centers and the cloud

Using this data center will allow organizations to focus on their core businesses rather than complex infrastructure and facilities issues. We chose Bick to design and build this facility because they have a long history of data center experience coupled with the cloud computing expertise our customers are demanding.

Today Bick Group announced it would design and build a 46,000-square-foot-data center in Akron, Ohio, that is efficient, green and scalable to handle cloud computing environments. Bick was chosen by Involta LLC, one of the fastest growing third-party providers of data center facilities and technology services. Involta broke ground on the $20 million project Monday and expects the facility to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2011.

“With the explosive growth in data and computing requirements today, and no end in sight for that growth, more companies and government agencies are turning to third-party service providers like Involta to house and manage their most important data,” said Chris Scaglione, Bick Group vice president of client solutions. “This project is a perfect example of how Bick Group is able to support leading service providers, offering thought leadership and hands-on, practical assistance in all aspects from Co-location to Cloud. This new data center will be not only efficient, but also at the heart of cloud-computing platforms for companies throughout the region, as well as around the world.” Tier1 Research estimates that the market for Internet Data Center services will approach $13B in 2010, growing to $18.5B by 2012.

Bick Group will design and engineer the Involta data center, including mechanical, electrical and architectural disciplines, and will also manage all construction activities. When complete, the facility must be able to handle the increased security and performance needs of today’s IT environments.

As organizations move their computing to the cloud, that data and its related assets have to reside somewhere and will have to be reliable, secure and accessible. Third-party providers, like Involta, offer businesses that don’t want to build or expand their own data centers a highly secure, protected environment for their data and related assets.

“It is often not cost-effective for businesses to independently build and support the redundant systems and security features this data center will offer,” said Bruce Lehrman, CEO, Involta. “Using this data center will allow organizations to focus on their core businesses rather than complex infrastructure and facilities issues. We chose Bick to design and build this facility because they have a long history of data center experience coupled with the cloud computing expertise our customers are demanding.”

The Involta facility will be designed with the goal of receiving LEED® Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Bick Group’s own headquarters building is a LEED-certified intelligent building, or i-Building®, underscoring the company’s experience in green design and construction techniques that efficiently use energy, lighting, water and material as well as environmentally sustainable strategies.

“Over the past four decades, we have experienced and managed several technological evolutions in the data center, spanning both IT and facilities, to drive better business performance for our clients. To succeed today, you have to understand how IT fits in the bigger picture of a business, and the data center is at the center of that IT ecosystem,” Scaglione said.

About Bick Group
Bick Group drives greater performance from data centers. From IT strategy to data center consolidation, design-build and migration to implementing cloud architecture, Bick Group makes data centers more efficient, green and better able to drive revenue, growth or a more competitive position. Customers trust Bick to put best practices to work in more than 1,000 data centers a year. Founded in 1964 in St. Louis, Bick Group develops and implements IT strategies for data centers worldwide through its portfolio of companies, including Blue Mountain Labs, which delivers objective cloud strategies and working cloud architectures.

About Involta
Involta provides full service data center facilities and the expertise to manage and protect mission critical computer systems and associated data.
With highly secure physical data center facilities and expertise in data protection and disaster recovery, Involta is a single source partner to ensure critical information is protected and constantly available.
Founded in 2007, Involta was ranked #40 on the 2010 Inc 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States and is a recognized and preeminent provider of data center facilities and technology services in the Central United States.

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