QTS Opens Next-Generation Secure Federal Cloud Test Lab in Richmond

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Lab to develop groundbreaking, secure cloud computing services based on Department of Defense needs

QTS (Quality Technology Services), one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and managed services, in conjunction with i2 Sentinel Associates, Inc., today held a ribbon cutting and grand opening for the implementation of a continuous transformational environment (CTE) lab at its Richmond data center.

The CTE lab will help to create the next generation of secure cloud computing capabilities based on the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense, federal agencies and the U.S. intelligence community. Housed within the highly-secure QTS Richmond Data Center, the lab provides a stable environment for critical testing and analysis of Commercial and Government off-the-shelf software and hardware.

The CTE methodology will be implemented to increase efficiencies and enhance the evolutionary advancement of technological development and knowledge transfer for the federal government. The lab will be used to evaluate and improve the development of advanced technologies and secure cloud computing services. It can be leveraged to support current and future enabling capabilities to expedite the transformation of research into operational settings including high performance computing, Information Service Provision, cloud computing, cross community partnerships and shared knowledge transfer.

“The Richmond CTE lab contains some of the most advanced technologies in cloud computing today. Its technology paired with the unbiased and secure environment will provide a gateway to enhancing the performance and interoperability of critical government applications,” said Scott Shinberg, executive vice president, federal systems group – QTS. “Today’s ribbon cutting marks the start to speeding the development and deployment of tomorrow’s cloud computing services.”

The CTE lab’s grand opening was attended by John A. Marshall, Deputy Director of the NGA National System for Geospatial Intelligence Program Management Office, Brigadier General Brian D. Beaudreault, USMC, Deputy Director, Future Joint Force Development, Joint Staff J7, and i2Sentinel CEO Thomas Preston, among others. Attendees were given technology demonstrations and toured inside the CTE lab.

“With industry and more federal players looking to cloud computing, physical and logical security in this area will continue to be a critical element,” said Preston. “QTS has long played a role in this space with the presence of its Richmond facility, and the addition of this lab solidifies the company as a major player in the federal market for cloud computing.”

About i2 Sentinel Associates
The Corporation brings over 39 years of technology and operations experience in industry, military, Intelligence Community and academia. Sentinel holds key partnerships and collaborative associations with leading technological members across global industry.

About QTS
QTS (Quality Technology Services) is a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services for enterprise businesses. The company offers a complete, unique portfolio of core data center products, including custom data center (C1), colocation (C2) and cloud and managed services (C3), providing the flexibility, scale and security needed to support the rapidly evolving infrastructure demands of web and IT applications. With 11 locations in seven states, QTS owns, operates and manages over 3.8 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art data center infrastructure and supports more than 850 customers. For more information about QTS, please visit http://www.qualitytech.com or call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

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