FORTRUST is now Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Acquires FORTRUST In Denver
FORTRUST was recently acquired by Iron Mountain Incorporated. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain is a global leader in storage and information management services. Iron Mountain has offered reliable, secure and compliant colocation services since the 1980’s.
FORTRUST has been a leading force in the data center world with over 15 years of continuous critical systems uptime. FORTRUST was the first colocation data center in the United States to receive the Tier III Gold certification from the Uptime Institute.
“We are excited by the potential this transaction with Iron Mountain represents, giving our customers access to a larger portfolio of locations and services while still receiving the highest level of customer service and operational quality FORTRUST has delivered for over 15 years.”
- Steven Knudson, CEO of FORTRUST
What Will The Acquisition Provide Iron Mountain?
FORTRUST’s state-of-the-art facility includes 210,000 square feet of space with an additional 71,000 square feet of colocation space. This space also provides 9 MW of power capacity. FORTRUST’s data center gives Iron Mountain approximately 38,000 square feet and 7 MW of high density capacity.
“Our expanded geographic platform and deep customer relationships within both our data center and data management businesses will accelerate our momentum in this attractive business,” said Iron Mountain president and CEO William L. Meaney. “We continue to see opportunities to expand our business through strong organic growth, new development and acquisition. Together with our existing data centers and completion of the first phase of our Northern Virginia data center campus next month, this acquisition will strengthen the foundation of a long-term growth engine and help accelerate the growth in our Adjacent Businesses.”
“Iron Mountain has operated in the data center business for more than 20 years and delivered consistent, solid internal growth. With this acquisition – our first in the data center business – we are expanding our network to better serve target customers for whom our reputation for enhanced security, customer service and compliance are important factors in data center selection.”
– Mark Kidd, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Iron Mountain Data Centers
WEATHER-PROOFING THE DATA CENTER: WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Inclement weather caused 10 percent of unplanned facility outages last year, demonstrating its importance to both facility operators and their customers. When seeking a robust, industry-leading colocation provider, it’s essential that the data center has specific safeguards in place to prevent damage and service outages that can be caused by storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, snow and other severe weather.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TIER III GOLD DATA CENTER?
When choosing a colocation data center, it’s important to understand how it is managed and operated before placing your critical IT environment there. Uptime Institute, the global data center authority, is the only group licensed to rate and certify data centers around the world in a vendor-agnostic, third-party certification process designed to assess, rate and certify systems and operational sustainability. FORTRUST is the only Tier III Gold certified colocation data center in the United States.
BEHIND THE SCENES: EARNING UPTIME INSTITUTE'S TIER III GOLD
FORTRUST’s Denver data center became the only colocation data center in the United States to be awarded the Tier III Certification of Operational Sustainability. While this achievement involved considerable preparation from the data center’s management team and staff, planning and execution began long before Uptime Institute ever put its standards into place..