RKON Expands Global Presence Through Collaboration with Zayo

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For the past 10 years, leading managed services provider RKON has partnered with infrastructure provider Zayo for data center and connectivity solutions in the U.S. Now, as Chicago-based RKON expands globally, Zayo will help support RKON’s European operations through its newly opened zColo data center in Paris.

With Zayo, we’ve created stable and mature IT environments that have allowed us to jointly produce a near five 9s environment.

The recent opening of an innovative new zColo data center in France provided cause for celebration for Chicago-based IT consulting company RKON. A leading managed services provider, RKON provides stable IT infrastructure with state-of-the-art design, technical advantages and connectivity to the world. With its new European Data Center Operations, built by RKON partner Zayo Group Holdings, RKON’s customers are assured of near five 9’s uptime capabilities, a socially responsible environmental footprint and stringent security.

The partnership between the two companies began over 10 years ago and was recently renewed. Zayo provides scalable, highly redundant communications infrastructure solutions, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud infrastructure, to leading companies worldwide.

Zayo held a grand opening for its 55,000 square-foot zColo data center in Velizy, France on March 8. Located in a suburb regarded as the heart of Silicon Paris, the data center will support European business colocation solutions and provide connectivity across Western Europe, with access to Asia, Africa and back to the U.S.

“The opening of this facility dovetails with our plans for growth and gives us the capability to better serve our private equity and multinational customers who manage operating companies around the world. Data privacy laws in different countries, along with the globalization of the economy, has driven us to expand,” said Jeff Mullarkey, co-founder and CEO of RKON, Inc.

“Zayo has a great global footprint and having a presence in the EU makes us more nimble in responding to clients’ needs,” continued Mullarkey. “Their data centers can establish cross connects to create a presence in any other continental data center. They always are building out new data center co-location space, taking into account the synergies between power, cooling, environmental footprint, and other critical issues. The formula changes constantly, and they have done an incredible job to keep the data center formula cost-optimal.”

RKON is known for helping customers manage security risk and ensuring corporate compliance, all while reducing IT infrastructure operating costs. It gets results by combining strategic guidance for achieving long-term goals with the latest technical resources, including high quality design and advanced security monitoring services. Mullarkey says these solutions greatly reduce the odds of zero-day threats.

“With Zayo, we’ve created stable and mature IT environments that have allowed us to jointly produce a near five 9s environment,” said Mullarkey. “RKON has averaged 99.998 uptime over the last 7 years -- less than 11 minutes per year -- which is a world class track record compared to others in the market.”

The Velizy data center was originally constructed by a military company in the 1970s, providing a strong foundation for physical security and disaster recovery. Zayo has added multi-layer physical security and continues to be focused on defining and adhering to process, controls and training that are best in class. Additionally, zColo has focused on high standards for sustainability and efficiency, including high-efficiency cooling, airflow and temperature management upgrades and LED lighting. External compliance audits for the upgraded data center are in process.

About RKON, Inc.
RKON is a leading IT consulting firm providing high performance, reliable, scalable and secure managed and hosted IT solutions. Founded in 1998 in Chicago, the company has built a reputation for early adoption, innovation, and high quality design and implementation. RKON’s 20 years of experience with data center design and migration, managed virtualization and managed security make them a unique partner for companies looking for ways to move their critical applications and data to the cloud. For more information, visit http://www.rkon.com or call (312) 654-0300.

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