David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon

wh logoOn March 20th, SecureData 365 was thrilled to be a primary sponsor of the David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon presented by the Weatherhead School of Management. As a graduate of the Weatherhead School and student of Dr. Bowers, SecureData 365’s own Michael Campanelli talks about what the event means to him.


Cleveland Technology Center Reflects Changing Downtown Landscape

cleAs most natives are aware, Cleveland has a rich and prosperous history based largely on an economy that adapts with the times.  From being a robust shipping port to a giant in the industrial and manufacturing age, Cleveland has a rich history of being at the forefront of the industry of the times.

As a City, Cleveland has been a bit slower entering into the digital economy. While there have been organizations driving innovation (including broadband fiber provider OneCommunity), for the most part it is fair to say that as a community, our transition from manufacturing to knowledge economy has been slower than ideal.

No longer – the opening of the Cleveland Technology Center is a significant, watershed moment for Cleveland.  Beyond the symbolism of transforming a manufacturing center into the Cleveland Technology Center, the innovation and technology that will take place in this facility will be important and help to drive Cleveland’s economy.

We’re seeing this before the doors to the Cleveland Technology Center even open as firms from across the nation (including Wall Street) and across the globe (as close as Canada and as far away as Asia) are turning to SecureData 365 for cloud and IT services housed in our existing Canton center and supported by the region’s a robust fiber backbone.  The soon-to-open Cleveland SecureData 365 data center in the Cleveland Technology Center is already attracting interest from companies looking to bring their data centers back home to Cleveland.  Additional organizations with centers in less advanced and riskier weather areas are also excited to relocate to the Cleveland Technology Center.

Cleveland is quickly becoming a region known for its innovation every bit as much as we were for our manufacturing heritage.  And ByteGrid’s 60 million dollar investment in the Cleveland Technology Center project, as home to SecureData 365 and other firms looking to innovate will serve as a home away from home for thousands of IT staffers visiting the Cleveland data center annually. Beyond attracting businesses from across the nation, we are keeping our own IT professionals here in Cleveland as thousands will go in and out of the center every year.

Finally, the State of Ohio is recognizing the need to support our transition into the knowledge economy as they are extending new tenants in the Cleveland Technology Center a tax exemption of the 8% state sales tax associated with the purchase of any equipment placed in SecureData 365 in the next fifteen years.


SecureData 365 Selected to the 2014 Weatherhead 100’s Top 10

Ohio’s Premier Data Center Located in Cleveland and Canton Celebrated For Its Growth and Success  

weatherhead2014(December 4, 2014) Canton, Ohio – Tonight SecureData 365 was honored by Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management for its tremendous growth over the past five years.  As an announced member of the 2014 Weatherhead 100, SecureData 365 also landed in the top 10 of Northeast Ohio’s fastest growing companies with 740% growth.

Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead 100 award was established more than twenty-five years ago to recognize excellence and entrepreneurship and has been seen as a prestigious award ever since for businesses across all industries.  For a business to be considered it must have been in business for at least five years, have more than 16 employees and $1 million in sales.

“As a Case graduate myself, I couldn’t be more pleased than I am today,” said Michael Campanelli, Executive Vice President at SecureData 365. “And as a long time member of SecureData 365’s management team, this milestone is a reminder as to how far we’ve come and the exciting times to come in 2015 and beyond as we open our new Cleveland data center.”

About SecureData 365

SecureData 365 is a premier, state-of-the-art data center located in Canton Ohio. Designed from the ground-up to deliver unwavering power and connectivity thanks to multiple redundant systems, SecureData 365 offers the stability and reliability required by enterprise clients. The region’s Fortune 2000 organizations are quickly recognizing that the unique combination of facility, people, and service offerings make SecureData 365 the preeminent choice for data center services in the Midwest. Visit SecureData online at www.securedata365,com.

 


Please Don’t Make Me Raise Our Prices to Earn Your Business

We Like Our Current Prices … Because “They Are FAIR”  cash

As you may have heard, SecureData 365 is opening a new Cleveland data center in March/April.  Our pending Cleveland data center has opened dialogue with numerous firms looking for an alternative to their current Northeast Ohio data center. Discussions usually lead to a price quote from us which tends to lead to some questions like:

“Are you sure this pricing is right?”

“You must be missing something because I am paying significantly more today?”

“These prices don’t look right, you are significantly lower – what’s the catch?”

More than five years ago we founded SecureData 365 as the kind of data center we wished existed.  It may sound strange – but we wanted to create data centers that were not only reliable and secure, but also FAIR.  

Coming together as former employees and/or clients of other large data center companies – we knew what we wanted SecureData 365 to be; based on both the good and bad practices we had seen and experienced. One of these “bad” practices happens to be marking up power pricing.

And we’re not talking a simple “handling” or “convenience” fee – we are talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars in marked up costs each year.  One company came to us asking for a quote for seven cabinets.  Needless to say they were both thrilled and confused when they saw it would cost approximately $100 thousand dollars less per year in power alone at SecureData 365 compared to their current Northeast Ohio data center provider.

SecureData 365 only charges for the power you use.  Why?  We feel it’s fair to pay only for what you use. This repeatedly puts me in some bizarre situations and conversations with potential new clients. The fact that other data centers in the area are marking up power prices makes SecureData 365’s price quotes look incomplete or make us look like less than the world-class data center we are in Canton and will be in Cleveland.  Which leads me to ask…

Do I have to raise my prices to earn your business or can we just agree that fair is fair?

And unfortunately power is not the only thing businesses in a typical Ohio data center are being overcharged for.  Ever hear of a cross connect?

In layman’s terms it is a $15 copper or $50 fiber cable. In the data center world, a cross connect costs several hundred dollars a month – but not at SecureData 365 where we charge you only once for the $15 to $50 it costs for the cable and the few minutes it takes to plug the cable in.  Again we feel that this is only FAIR!

Another quote revealed that two point-to-point data circuit connections to customer locations and redundant connections between data centers was almost $150 thousand less per year than one of our Northeast Ohio competitors.  Is this because we pay people less?  Do we get some sort of special connectivity rates?  NO and NO.

As you can see, it is easy for a data center to mark up prices – but at SecureData 365 you pay what we pay – period. We’re in the business of providing fairly priced, excellent value data center services… not as a middleman for connectivity or utility charges.

We won’t even charge customers a fee for fiber connections between our Canton and Cleveland centers because we see it as our “cost of doing business” to support disaster recovery and replication.  Allowing you to use assets we have in place is something we see as fair if you choose to utilize both of our world class data centers in Canton and Cleveland. And as long as we are discussing it – you can be assured that you will have your own secure segment on this redundant fiber at the speed requested and be able to monitor your segment of our fiber with our NetScout analytic tools.

We are in the data center business – and we are sure you’ll find that we are the best in the business.  And I am sorry; I am not going to raise my prices to prove it.

Want to learn about our plans for our new Cleveland data center and learn what fair pricing looks like? Give us a call or email at info@securedata365.com!


Canton Charge Welcome SecureData 365 As Presenting Partner

Canton-Based Data Center Leads group of Partners Added for 2014-15 Season

chargesdlogoCANTONThe Canton Charge, the NBA Development League team owned and operated by the Cleveland Cavaliers, today announced a new multi-year partnership with Canton-based SecureData 365, Ohio’s premier data center company, to be its Presenting Partner beginning with the forthcoming 2014-15 NBA Development League season.

“Our partnership with SecureData 365 is a milestone for the franchise and demonstrates the continued growing support from our local business community,” stated Charge SVP/COO Mike Levy.  “Their commitment to the Charge and the Canton area is important and impactful, and we thank them for that.  We also look forward to working together to extend our brands throughout Northeast Ohio.”

As the Charge’s Presenting Sponsor, the company’s name and logo will be incorporated into a full and dynamic assortment of team marketing and promotional elements.  The partnership will also extend to all other teams in the Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena family, including media and in-arena marketing components with the Cavaliers, Cleveland Gladiators (AFL), and Lake Erie Monsters (AHL).  SecureData 365 is slated to open a facility in downtown Cleveland in the Spring of 2015.

The company, with headquarters in Canton, is Ohio’s premier data center company providing businesses with cloud computing, co-location, disaster recovery, and backup solutions.

“We are thrilled to be able to give back to the business community and citizens of Stark County who have made our tremendous growth possible,” explains Tim Barta, CFO of SecureData 365.  “As a longtime business resident of Canton expanding to Cleveland, we’re thrilled to be able to contribute to our home communities and their sporting institutions,” added Ernie Blood, CEO of SecureData 365.

The Charge also announced the recent additions of new corporate partners including the University of Akron, Consumers National Bank, Two Fat Guys BBQ, Nom Nom Popcorn and Dunkin’ Donuts as well as the extension of Aultman/AultCare, a Founding Partner of the Charge and the team’s official medical provider.

The Charge open the 2014-15 season at home against the Delaware 87ers on Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. Single game tickets for all 2014-2015 Canton Charge regular season home games are on sale now! To view the 2014-15 Canton Charge home schedule complete with promotions and special deals, head to www.CantonCharge.com/promotions.

2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships are on sale now starting at just $5 per game! Premium Memberships are also available with VIP Club access including food, Budweiser & Pepsi products starting at just $40 per game! Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more, with Fan Experience Packages such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court! For 2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to www.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944.

About the Charge: The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.

About SecureData 365:  SecureData365 is a premier, state-of-the-art data center company headquartered in Canton, Ohio with an additional center in Cleveland, Ohio opening early 2015.  Designed from the ground-up to deliver unwavering power and connectivity thanks to multiple redundant systems, SecureData 365 offers the stability and reliability required by enterprise clients.  SecureData 365 offers protected and safeguarded services including colocation, virtual computing, storage and backup, and business continuity.  More information about SecureData 365 can be accessed online at www.SecureData365.com

Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team at: @CantonCharge on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CantonCharge and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CantonCharge.

 


SecureData 365’s SSAE 16 Certification Renewed

Once again SecureData 365 has  passed an SSAE 16 audit of its systems, processes, and facilities of its Canton data center. This third party audit endorses SecureData 365 as a safe and secure data center, providing a high level of service, and controls.

Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE 16) is considered the “gold standard” for data centers. Instituted by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in January 2010, SSAE 16 was drafted with the intention and purpose of updating the US service organization reporting standard so that it mirrors and complies with the new international service organization reporting standard.

SecureData 365 management developed control objectives for the significant areas of internal control that support our services.  The control objectives addressed each of the following areas:

  • Logical Access and Security
  • Physical Access
  • Environmental Controls
  • Infrastructure Change Management
  • Data Backup
  • Problem Management

SecureData 365’s service auditor performed thorough testing of the control activities that have been implemented to help ensure that our control objectives are met.  The service auditor finalized our testing with the following conclusion:

“In our opinion, in all material respects, based on the criteria described in the Company’s assertion:

  1. The description fairly presents the system that was designed and implemented.
  2. The controls related to the control objectives stated in the description were suitably designed to provide reasonable assurance that the control objectives would be achieved if the controls operated effectively and user entities applied the complementary user entity controls contemplated in the design of the Company’s controls.
  3. The controls tested, which together with the complementary user entity controls referred to in the report, if operating effectively, were those necessary to provide reasonable assurance that the control objectives stated in the description were achieved.”

The SSAE16 SOC1 Type II audit report is designed to provide clients with a certain level of assurance regarding the controls that are maintained by SecureData 365’s management.   SecureData 365’s management understands the increasing importance of corporate governance, as well as the impact of the organization’s services on our clients’ systems.  The successful completion of the audit is only part of SecureData 365’s continued commitment to providing our client’s a high level of service and internal controls.

 


SecureData 365’s Cleveland Center Featured on Cleveland.com

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 10.06.30 PMNortheast Ohio has the trappings of fast and efficient digital communications–including access to fiber optic highways and relatively cheap, reliable power. Yet most corporate and commercial data centers have been built elsewhere.

SecureData 365, a Canton-area technology pioneer, thinks the tide is turning and it intends to ride the wave. The five-year-old company will soon expand its operations to Cleveland, becoming the largest tenant in the re-emerging Cleveland Technology Center downtown.

Keep reading on Cleveland.com

 


SecureData 365 Announces Opening of Its Second Data Center

Cleveland Center Located in BYTEGRID’S Cleveland Technology Center Will Compliment Canton Center to Bring the Midwest Unmatched Redundancy and Reliability 

cleveland center outside(September 9, 2014) Canton, Ohio – Today Ohio’s premier data center announced it will be opening a second Ohio data center in Cleveland, on the edge of downtown in BYTEGRID’s Cleveland Technology Center (CTC).  The announcement is especially significant in that the state have agreed that any new customer IT equipment placed in the center in the next fifteen years will be eligible for exemption from the State’s 8% State sales tax.

Driven by an ever-expanding Canton data center as well as increased demand from its customers to open a Cleveland center, SecureData 365’s new data center will feature all new infrastructure (new generator farm and chiller plant) on the first floor of the CTC.  The building will be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, signifying leadership in the green building movement.  SecureData 365’s Cleveland data center will be FISMA compliant and will meet Uptime Institute Tier 3 standards.  Customers will start moving in next quarter and the center will be open for full business by April, 2015.

The CTC is Cleveland’s largest data center and is situated on top of one of the largest fiber points of presence (PoP) sites in Ohio. With 333,215 sq. ft. of highly secure, compliant-grade space, BYTEGRID will serve as a primary PoP supporting SecureData’s plans for providing high-speed broadband access and a variety of data center services to Cleveland businesses. “While our Canton location has been ideal for businesses in the state of Ohio and across the nation,” explained Michael Campanelli, Executive Vice President at SecureData 365, “the new data center in Cleveland answers requests we’ve had from numerous businesses about having a second facility on a diverse power grid. The CTC, while providing more convenient access to downtown, will also permit us to feature services such as site-to-site replication at no additional cost.”

The addition of the Cleveland site provides businesses with:

  • Redundancy with Proximity – With separate power grids serving each center, locating in Canton and Cleveland will provide a backup for continuing operations should “worse case” happen. With two centers within manageable driving distance, the client can receive redundancies without the time required to fly from state to state.
  • Constant Connectivity – With seven carriers serving the center with fiber, clients are assured constant and redundant connectivity.
  • Cost Savings for Replication – While most data centers charge for site-to-site replication, SecureData 365’s clients will realize significant savings by including the bandwidth and secure segment required for site-to-site replication at no additional cost.
  • SecureData 365 (and 24×7) – Realize the security and flexibility that two separate centers provide, with professionals that can serve as your “remote hands” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Additional Security Measures – We’re following best practices in our new center with a separate manned entry into the space (not the common shared tenant entrance), vehicle barriers, and increased security around the building and generator farm.

“We are thrilled to have SecureData 365 as an new tenant in BYTEGRID’s Cleveland Technology Center,” said Don Goodwin, BYTEGRID’s EVP of Sales & Marketing. “We continue to invest in Cleveland’s emergence as a premier business destination and we look forward to delivering the region’s most advanced data center facility that tenants like SecureData 365 and their customers require.”

SecureData 365 already has commitment from numerous businesses to move into the CTC, including local companies looking to bring their out-of-state data centers back home to Northeast Ohio.

About BYTEGRID®
BYTEGRID Holdings LLC focuses exclusively on the nationwide acquisition, development and operation of premier data center facilities. The company serves the growing need for mission-critical data center space by providing highly secure, interconnected, carrier-neutral, and density-robust data centers that serve commercial, government and service provider markets.  A privately-held company headquartered in Northern Virginia, BYTEGRID currently owns and operates data centers in the Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, and Seattle WA metro areas with plans to acquire additional facilities. The company is led by industry veterans with significant experience in data center operations, design and construction; data center sales and marketing; real estate development and finance; and telecommunications. For more information, please visit www.BYTEGRID.com.

About SecureData 365
SecureData 365 is a premier, state-of-the-art data center located in Canton Ohio. Designed from the ground-up to deliver unwavering power and connectivity thanks to multiple redundant systems, SecureData 365 offers the stability and reliability required by enterprise clients. The region’s Fortune 1000 organizations are quickly recognizing that the unique combination of facility, people, and service offerings make SecureData 365 the preeminent choice for data center services in the Midwest. Visit SecureData online at www.securedata365,com.

For More Information:
Doug Adams
The Think Agency on behalf of SecureData 365
m. 330.933.3374
doug@thethinkagency.com

BYTEGRID CONTACT:

Carter B. Cromley
ccromley@bytegrid.com
(703) 861-7245
 


Same Security and Access… Less Hassle

kioskIf you’ve visited SecureData 365 you know that we had a pretty rigorous sign-in system for access to the center already in place.  The downside was the extra time (and trees) required to run a paper-based system.

For our clients’ convenience, for greater security, and to do a little bit towards saving the planet we’ve moved our access registration to an electronic kiosk.  The next time you visit SecureData 365’s facilities you will be asked to present your driver’s license or company photo ID.  We’ll scan it while you complete the registration process within the system as well as a personal 6-digit pin.

On subsequent visits, you simply login to the kiosk with your pin and your information will pop up for the center’s operations team to verify your identity (using the photo from registration) and provide you access to go with the one-time pass the kiosk produces.

Automating this system also provides you with the ability to track when your staff and vendors are in the center on your behalf.  We can even provide you with email alerts should you want to track when a vendor (or one of your employees) is in the center to service your equipment.

This is a great way for us to verify that everyone trying to enter the center belongs in the center.


Preventing Unplanned Data Center Outages

empty batteryWhen batteries go bad, you know it.  It is not rocket science, your device just stops working.  Today’s smart phones warn you as your battery life dwindles throughout the day… going from solid green to half green, red and then dead.   It stinks that the battery doesn’t last longer – but you do have a chance to do something about it.  You have ample warning.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said for your data center batteries that are designed to provide uninterrupted power.  Should the power go out, a data center’s battery system is the bridge from the utility power supply to the generators – critical for companies whose business depends on always-up service.  It does seem absurd, but it’s a fact that most centers in Ohio and across the United States have no way to know that the batteries they and their clients rely on will work when called upon.  According to a Ponemon Institute study in September, 2013, the most frequently cited cause of data center outages – 55 percent – are attributed to UPS battery failure.

Until recently SecureData 365’s center was taking great care to check each and every battery on a quarterly basis.  And occasionally, we did find some that indeed needed to be replaced.  Fortunately because we did this regular checking the batteries were always available when put to that ultimate test.  It’s a dangerous game – but checking batteries regularly is truly considered industry best practices.

SecureData 365 has upgraded our UPS power systems to include the Alber battery monitoring system. In essence, it’s like a smartphone battery indicator for each and every battery in our data center.

More specifically, SecureData 365’s new battery monitoring system monitors all batteries, all cell voltages. It is an “always on” monitoring system to detect developing problems long before the battery goes out.  This continuous monitoring of our batteries is a huge improvement over the standard quarterly testing that is the industry standard.

Our commitment to constantly upgrading our infrastructure and always reaching for better than best has led companies across the Midwest to our Canton data center.  We’d love the chance to show you why… as well as our fancy smartphone battery life indicator.


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