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ViaWest Earns Industry's First Tier IV Design Certification From Uptime Institute

DENVER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --

  • Lone Mountain Las Vegas data center earns first-ever Tier IV design certification for a colocation facility in North America
  • Tier IV quality is combined with industry-leading energy efficiency
  • Facility will open in Q4 2012, offering 74,000 square feet of raised floor

ViaWest, one of the largest privately-held data center, cloud computing and managed services providers in North America, proudly announces that it has earned the colocation industry's first-ever North American Tier IV Design Certification for its new Lone Mountain colocation facility in North Las Vegas. The Uptime Institute's Tier IV design certification is the highest rating possible, measuring the quality and reliability designed into a data center. The Uptime Institute is the leading educational and standards organization in the data center industry.

The Tier IV designation certifies that, when built to design specifications, the Lone Mountain facility will be completely fault-tolerant and capable of withstanding an unplanned event such as a fire, explosion or water leak, or failure of any power or cooling equipment, without any impact to IT equipment.

"ViaWest's innovative data center design clearly debunks the myth that Tier IV requires 'System+System' topology," asserts Uptime Institute Managing Principal Hank Seader, "and demonstrates that combined data center availability and environmental sustainability is achievable."

"ViaWest's design and construction team, led by Chief Architect Todd Gale and our engineering partner Swanson Rink, have delivered an unprecedented combination of quality and energy efficiency," states Dave Leonard, Senior Vice President of Data Center Operations at ViaWest. "Our customers now have access to the first Tier IV design-certified colocation data center in North America, which is also the most energy-efficient colocation data center in North America," Leonard adds.

The Lone Mountain data center will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Energy Star and Green Globe certified and is designed to achieve the best Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating ever -- 1.2 -- for a colocation facility. PUE is a measure of how efficiently a data center uses power for the computing equipment versus cooling, lighting and other support environments, with lower numbers indicating higher energy efficiency.

ViaWest's Lone Mountain data center will open in Q4 2012 and will offer 74,000 square feet of raised floor space. To learn more about Lone Mountain, view the video facility tour here:

About ViaWest
ViaWest is one of the largest privately held data center service providers in North America. They provide colocation, complex hosting, cloud and managed services to businesses of all sizes nationwide. ViaWest owns and operates 24 enterprise-class data center facilities in Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada, delivering high-quality, flexible solutions designed to support customers' unique business needs. For additional information on ViaWest, please visit or call 1-877-448-9378. Follow ViaWest on LinkedIn, Twitter or visit their YouTube channel.

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group, provides independent thought leadership, certification, education and professional services for the global digital infrastructure industry. It serves all industry stakeholders, including enterprise and third-party data center owners and operators, manufacturers, service providers and engineers. Through Uptime Institute Professional Services, Uptime Institute delivers due diligence assessments and Certifications of site infrastructure and site management in accordance with the Tier and Operational Sustainability Standards.

Uptime Institute is a division of The 451 Group. Headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Singapore, The 451 Group also owns 451 Research, a leading technology-industry syndicated research and data service focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. For more information, please visit

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