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Planned Systems International turns to colocation

By Donna Donnowitz
May 19, 2011
Data centers are rapidly becoming more complex because companies are creating more data and trying to maintain that information more efficiently. As a result, many businesses are turning to colocation instead of operating their own data centers. Planned Systems International, an IT provider for the U.S. Department of Defense, is one such company.

Planned Systems International will have its services hosted at a Quality Technology Services data center, allowing the company to leverage technologies that have been approved by the DoD for colocation provision.

This is an important strategic move because it makes the company compliant with President Obama's Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. Consolidated data centers are more efficient facilities because servers have been virtualized and equipped for full utilization. This allows fewer physical machines to accomplish more work. It also creates a need for advanced network infrastructure because more data is being transmitted through less hardware.

John Dorman, chief technology officer for Planned Systems International, expressed excitement about the new data center arrangement.

"QTS demonstrated tremendous flexibility and creativity in providing a customized data center solution that was not only compliant, but also provided the utmost in security that our mutual government client required," said Dorman. "We are very happy with our partnership with QTS and our combined capability for delivering high value data center and cloud solutions to our customers."

Scott Shinberg, executive vice president of federal systems for Quality Technology Services, said QTS was able to quickly establish a private operating environment in its Richmond data center where Planned Systems International could lease server space and leverage the facility's advanced security and reliability features.

Shinberg said the move to support Planned Systems International was made possible because the company's data center not only addresses the advanced technological needs of federal government regulations, but also offers office space meeting requisite security guidelines.

Using advanced data center technologies to support hosted technologies is becoming more common in many markets. Recently, Telus, a leading cloud service provider in Canada, announced plans to build a state-of-the-art data center in Rimoulski, Canada, a small city near Quebec. The new facility is being designed as a Tier III data center, which means it is built with security and redundancy to ensure it maintains almost constant uptime. It is also being built to reach LEED Gold standards for environmental efficiency.


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