Reducing the Risk of Downtime
At FORTRUST, we’ve made every possible effort to mitigate the top sources of risk within our Denver data center – from our selected data center location to building design and processes and procedures. Lowering risk is a key component in maintaining uptime.
Every activity at FORTRUST follows documented processes, eliminating the chances of human error.
Location: One of Lowest Risk Regions in USA
According to FEMA, Denver, Colorado is located in one of the lowest risk regions in the US. That means a lower risk of disasters such as hurricanes and tornados, reducing the risk of downtime. Denver is located outside the 100 and 500-year floodplains, and is 49 feet above the maximum FEMA projected flood elevation. Denver is also located in seismic zone 1, which means any material seismic activity is highly unlikely.
FORTRUST is located adjacent to Denver’s Fire station number 9 which means our data center is located on a designated emergency route being the first to be plowed during a major snow storm.
Tier III Gold Certified
FORTRUST is one of an elite few data centers worldwide to be awarded a Tier III Gold Certification from the Uptime Institute. A data center can only be Tier III “Gold” certified if it can pass an extensive assessment of management and operations; if the site location has a low risk for natural and man-made disasters; and if the building characteristics and features, like security, support data center availability.
Building Design Features Lower Risk
FORTRUST’s Denver data center is more than 3 feet above grade encased within a 14” concrete foundation wall reinforced with #5 rebar, and a thickened edge on 6” slab. The facility has multiple down conductors, structural steel/rebar/metal stud walls and has a HALO ring around the building built into the shielding design. The exterior and interior walls are two and four-hour rated fire walls throughout the facility.
FORTRUST uses cross bracing and seismic enhancements. This means if the building moves, then the equipment does too.
Other building features that lower risk include:
Policies and Procedures: Eliminating Human Error
Human error is the leading cause of downtime. At FORTRUST, our daily operations are governed by an extensive library of procedures. Every activity at FORTRUST follows these documented processes, reducing the chances of human error.
Security at FORTRUST
Security at FORTRUST is a top priority. FORTRUST has multiple layers of physical and logical security, including multiple security checkpoints. Our onsite staff monitors physical security, CCTV, visual identification checkpoints, and man traps for the entire facility. Read more on security at FORTRUST.