A visit to QTS in Henrico and a Sabey data center in Ashburn offers a firsthand look into the high-security world of data centers. While these places store information designed to promote human interaction, they are designed to keep intruders out.
Datacenter, cloud and managed hosting services provider QTS is building out part of its Virginia mega-datacenter with an eye to attracting hyperscale clients and is also preparing to offer connectivity to three undersea cables expected to land at Virginia Beach.
Virginia a Hyperscale Haven - Given its size, the QTS Richmond facility might seem an obvious candidate for large wholesale data center deals, in which customers lease turnkey suites of finished data center space. One challenge has been Richmond’s proximity to the world’s largest market for hyperscale colocation in Ashburn in Northern Virginia. Virtually all wholesale offerings on the East Coast must compete with the critical mass of providers and space concentrated in Ashburn.
“This is the next American railroad,” said Brian Johnston, QTS’ chief technology officer. “When you think about what the railroad meant to the United States a hundred years ago — raw materials coming in from the mines and fields, going to the factories and being turned into products and sent back out — it is the same kind of thing with data centers. It is the economy of tomorrow,” he said.
Jim Reinhart, Chief Operating Officer, Quality Technology Services (QTS), agreed, saying, "With reliable, affordable energy, strong connectivity and a skilled workforce, Henrico County is an attractive data center market. QTS applauds Henrico and its leaders, who continue to identify innovative ways to support responsible growth for the county. The proposed tax reduction will make Henrico an increasingly attractive option for data center providers like QTS to grow and prosper."
Datacenter facilities management services are undergoing change driven by convergence, innovative data-driven services, and new providers.
Oliver Schmidt, chief audit executive at QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:QTS), joined REIT.com for a video interview at REITWise 2017: NAREIT’s Law, Accounting & Finance Conference in La Quinta, California.
One of the first things an organization should do as it looks to bolster IoT security is gain a solid understanding of what IoT devices it currently has, as well as those it’s planning to deploy. “Having an inventory of your devices is a fundamental part of asset management,” says Andrew Wild, CISO at QTS, an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services.
"This campus is top notch and we are excited about it," Berson told me. "This also reflects a business model we have developed to unlock the value in sale-leasebacks to our core customers. This is not the first transaction like this."
The new facility will be QTS’ second mega data center in the DFW market. QTS opened its first mega data center in the DFW/Irving market in 2014. The latest acquisition allows QTS to provide its services to more healthcare, enterprise, technology and regional financial services companies in the area.
QTS Realty Trust has bought a 260,000 sq ft data center in Fort Worth, Texas, belonging to Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC). The deal also brings land for future expansion.
A Kansas-based data center company has bought a property in north Fort Worth. QTS Realty Trust paid about $50 million for Health Care Services Corp. data center on Park Vista Boulevard in the AllianceTexas development.