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NextFort Opens Unique New Data Center Near Phoenix

Enterprise Customers Benefit From High-Density Computing Suites That Lower Total Cost of Ownership of Critical Data Center Infrastructure

CHANDLER, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 12/09/13 -- Responding to increasing demand for highly flexible and cost effective data center solutions, NextFort Ventures Chandler, LLC, today announced the commissioning and grand opening of a first-of-its-kind, ultra secure, ultra high-density 130,000 sq. ft. data center in Chandler, AZ.

Unlike modular or container approaches, NextFort's High Density Computing Suites (NextFort HCS™) are turnkey, financial grade data centers provided as complete self-contained environments. Enterprise customers benefit from significantly lower total cost of ownership, greater flexibility and scalability, and tier 3 security associated with NextFort's High Density Computing Suites that underpin their business and services.

NextFort's HCS are concrete and steel rooms designed to house up to 20 high-density IT racks for a total IT load up to 225KW (up to 600 watts/sq ft.). NextFort's innovative designs in power distribution, cooling and facilities architecture deliver superior power efficiencies enabling customers to achieve up to 40% better cooling efficiency and four times the density of computing power than at a conventional data center. Future expansion calls for 50,000 square feet of data center space for additional HCS suites that can be rapidly deployed.

"Enormous increases in demand for data storage and computing, created in part by the burgeoning use of mobile devices, cloud computing, and social media, is fueling interest in flexible and more cost efficient alternatives to conventional data center and hosting services," said Mark Towfiq, CEO of NextFort. "NextFort's unique and innovative design offers a simpler and more predictable cost model and is a new option for organizations with increasingly elastic strategies for managing data center capacity and is ideal for today's modern computing requirements such as cloud computing and disaster recovery."

451 Research estimates the overall opportunity for the hosting market, including web and application hosting, dedicated and managed hosting providers, colocation and IaaS providers, will be approximately $95 billion in revenue by 2016.

"It is my pleasure to welcome NextFort as the newest resident in the Price Corridor," said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. "Their innovative and flexible approach to critical data center infrastructure will be well received by Southwestern enterprises looking to expand in the marketplace."

M9 Systems is a Managed Service Provider located in Southern California offering a suite of managed hosting, cloud and virtual desktop services. M9 recently signed an agreement with NextFort to provide additional capacity and critical high density data center infrastructure underpinning their services.

"NextFort is at the forefront of an entirely new way of thinking about modular flexibility and portable data center infrastructure," said Arash Touski, President and CEO of M9 Systems. "Their innovative approach to high density and free air cooling is translating to enterprise-class performance at a much more competitive rate. M9 customers are already benefiting and I expect NextFort to be of interest to an increasing number of enterprises looking for an alternative to the more expensive California facilities."

Unlike the traditional wholesale data center's model which requires companies to lease space at a data center facility and invest capital and additional personnel to run operations, NextFort's modular approach virtually eliminates capital expenditures delivering complete IT infrastructure solutions -- including the critical data center space, access to power infrastructure, cooling, and physical security -- as a single unit of paid monthly service. As a result, enterprises can turn to the NextFort's High-Density Computing Suites for:

  • Ultra high-density power capacity -- up to 225KW per suite, 2N redundant power utility feeds with separate individually metered panels
  • Energy efficiency -- 40% better energy efficiency compared to conventional data centers, which leads to a greener solution and less carbon emissions
  • Reduced total cost of ownership with virtual elimination of capital expenditures associated with deploying customer equipment in a data center environment
  • 100% free air cooling and an average of 1.25 PUE
  • Network-neutrality -- easy access to 15 national fiber optic and network service providers as well as a high capacity modern power grid that serves some of the largest IT companies in the country
  • Industry-leading physical security incorporating a secondary concrete perimeter enclosure, 24x7 on-site security and monitoring
  • Soon to be operating under controls designed to pass a SOC 2 Type 2 audit
  • Secure web-based customer portal to manage environmental settings, physical access and security cameras, and to monitor power usage in the suite

About NextFort
NextFort is the owner and operator of a first-of-its-kind modular data center located in Chandler, Arizona. Focused on the design, construction and operation of energy efficient, highly modular, and ultra secure data centers, NextFort has created an innovative design which facilitates the deployment by our customers of modern, high-density computing infrastructure services such as cloud computing.

Each Tier 3 NextFort High-Density Computing Suite (NextFort HCS™) features innovative designs in power distribution, cooling and facilities architecture, enabling up to 40% better energy efficiency compared to conventional data centers, thus reducing energy costs for NextFort's customers. At the same time, NextFort's state-of-the-art design enables customers to benefit from new levels of flexibility and cost-efficiency as they deploy the data center capacity underpinning their business and customer-facing services.

A wide variety of national fiber optic and network service providers are currently serving NextFort customers. In addition, a high-capacity modern power grid that powers some of the largest IT companies in the country serves NextFort customers. For more information visit us at www.nextfort.com.

What others are saying about NextFort

Sakura Internet Inc., a leading global provider of Internet and cloud services, will leverage cloud infrastructure to underpin its US expansion strategy targeting new customers such as social gamers, consumers of streaming media, and software developers.

"As we prepare to enter the burgeoning US market, we are committed to delivering the highest quality of service at the lowest cost to our customers globally. NextFort's High Density Computing Suites provides an ideal business growth solution allowing us to turn up our cloud-based services incrementally and cost effectively while minimizing total cost of ownership of the infrastructure powering our services in the US."
Ken Washikita
Senior Director
Sakura Internet

CorpInfo is a leading technology consulting firm located in Southern California serving its clients in areas including Cloud Services, Infrastructure Solutions, and Managed Services since 1983. CorpInfo helps businesses migrate and consolidate their IT services and applications into more secure, cost-effective and highly-available infrastructures off-site.

"NextFort's Phoenix data center is ideal for California enterprises looking to consolidate critical IT infrastructures into secure, cost effective and geographically dispersed facilities," said Ahmad Gramian, Vice President, CorpInfo Services. "In addition, their innovative approach to providing data center real-estate, and managing the required power, heating and cooling offers new levels of economic benefits that translate directly to our customers' bottom line."

"The benefits of doing business in Greater Phoenix have become much more attractive for large and mid-size enterprises looking to relocate or expand their existing operations here," said Barry Broome, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council. "NextFort represents an innovative new breed of data center and we are pleased to welcome them to the East Valley and our growing business community."
Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)

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