Data Center Tour Series:

While I had heard good things in the past about, it wasn’t until I started our data center tour series that I realized how truly unique their data center is. went to great lengths to try and pick the ideal location for their data center. Here are some of the requirements they were looking for:

  • Reduced risk of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes.
  • Reduced risk of terrorism threats.
  • An ample supply of clean and stable power that meets our 100% Uptime guarantee.
  • Fast fiber optics with direct peers to major network access points with mass volumes of reliable bandwidth.
  • N+1 redundancy on power and cooling within the data center facility.
  • Remote location with a minimum of 250 miles from the nearest major airport or metropolitan area.

Sounds like a tall order? IT IS! Click below to see their video tour:

As you can clearly see, staff was very concerned about stability and connectivity when they chose their data center location in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They weren’t going to be satisfied with “location” being their only strength though. Here are some of the additional benefits they built in and walked away with:
  • Fully redundant GE Power Generators
  • Carrier grade 48VDC power and grounding systems
  • Highest level of security to meet the high demands for compliance hosting (HIPPA, SOX, SAS70).
  • Redundant Liebert Air handlers and management systems
  • Dual FM-200 gas and VESDA early smoke detections systems
  • Video Surveillance, card and biometric access control systems and proximity/motion detectors
  • Over 500 feet above any flood level.
  • Low concentration of population and over 250+ miles from any major city or airport.
  • Elimination of natural disaster threats by positioning the data center in a flood, hurricane and earthquake free zone.
  • A hardened structure able to withstand F4 tornadoes.

Some other interesting facts to note: The data center part of the building is underground. A special design was used that enables the top part of the structure to collapse in a way that will not hurt the data center below, in the event of a rare natural disaster like an F5 tornado. As far as cooling goes, has employed an innovative strategy of circulating cool air by having “hot” and “cold” isles where the air is sucked up and recirculated as soon as it leaves the server.

This facility has redundant power supplies with failover and backup generators as well. For more information, visit:

Best of all, if you’re a datacenter afficianodo, you can take a real-life tour of this thing by calling (1-866-753-FAST [3278], Option 1) and scheduling an appointment.

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