Iron Mountain: Pioneering Cost-efficient Data Center Colocation

CIO VendorTed MacLean, CMO
With data growing at an explosive rate, enterprises today are burdened with the need to cost effectively manage and operate in-house data centers. In such times, most organizations wake up to the pressing need to escape aging infrastructure and opt for alternative data center approaches like colocation and cloud computing. “However, highly regulated organizations such as federal agencies, and financial services are still concerned with the security and compliance implications of using third party providers for their critical infrastructure,” opines Ted MacLean, Chief Marketing Officer of Iron Mountain. Owing to this, Iron Mountain has launched a multi-tenant and cost efficient data center colocation business, specifically targeted at addressing the needs of these enterprise customers without compromising on security and compliance standards.

Providing data protection and secure storage for over 60 years, Iron Mountain believes security and compliance issues are the primary reasons behind enterprises’ reluctance in outsourcing existing colocation service providers. Addressing this concern with their next generation colocation services, the company concentrates on three core features as their standard offering. The first feature is a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) portal that allows customer to get a real time view into their power consumption and environmental variables in their deployment. Apart from this, a Compliant Asset Tracking Service (CATS) provides real time visibility and chain of custody for sensitive infrastructure assets. Finally, a Compliance platform with a broad set of industry certifications including FISMA High, ISO 27001, SOC 1/2, HIPAA and PCI 3.0 allows customers the peace of mind to inherit operational controls and meet regulatory compliance requirements.

For added flexibility and ease of use of their data centers, Iron Mountain resorts to overhead Starline busway for delivering power which modifies or upgrades power circuits within minutes as opposed to the traditional data center approaches that may take several days. Another innovation is Software Defined Networking (SDN) used within and across the company's facilities allowing for quick network connectivity and capacity.

Iron Mountain’s National Underground facility is unique in that it also doubles as a highly secure, disaster resistant and efficient data center complex

“These features have been implemented with the customer in mind—where we have eliminated the need for exhaustive upfront planning,” states MacLean. Another feature unique to the company is their National Underground facility, a former limestone mine that is 220 feet underground which also doubles as a highly secure, disaster resistant and efficient data center complex. “The data center takes advantage of geothermal cooling from the limestone walls, and constant ambient temperatures to drive some of the lowest Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratios in the industry,” informs MacLean. This facility has been a huge success and was even recognized by the state of Pennsylvania with a $2 million grant for development.

Focusing on sustainable growth to drive operational efficiencies, MacLean says that his interest in running becomes an inspiration behind the work culture and performance of Iron Mountain. "Much like running a marathon, addressing the challenges of customers requires a commitment to stay the course and pursue long range outcomes, and Iron Mountain pioneers that," remarks MacLean. One of Iron Mountain's long standing customers is Marriott who chose the National Underground data center for a disaster recovery site. Marriott was able to reduce their recovery time for business critical systems while taking advantage of the security and resiliency of the facility.

To enhance their customer’s value proposition, Iron Mountain recently announced a strategic partnership with EMC to offer cloud backup and data replication services using EMC technology. In the near future the company is looking at expanding into major metro markets in the U.S. such as Dallas, Northern Virginia and Chicago.

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Iron Mountain Signs Leases for Six Megawatts with Fortune 100 Technology Customer at AZP-2 Data Center in Phoenix

Bill Meaney, President/CEO, Iron Mountain Incorporated

BOSTON - Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management services company, today announced that it has signed two leases with an existing U.S. based Fortune 100 technology customer, at its AZP-2 data center in Phoenix, Arizona. The first lease represents a one megawatt expansion, which is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2021. The second lease was for a five megawatt deployment, which is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2021. Iron Mountain’s data center solutions met all of the customer’s requirements, including scalable capacity, network proximity to other deployments, and a design that provided flexibility and reliability.

AZP-2 is a hyperscale-ready data center powered by 100% renewable energy. The three-story purpose-built facility will span more than 530,000 gross square feet, and is expected to deliver 48 megawatts of total IT capacity at full build out, with campus connectivity to the existing 47 megawatts operating at AZP-1 in Phoenix and AZS-1 in Scottsdale, leveraging the network density of the existing ecosystem.

Including land held for future development, the 40-acre Phoenix campus will support more than 100 megawatts of IT load when fully developed. The highly secure campus offers Iron Mountain data center customers access to reliable and energy efficient data center capacity in one of the lowest risk U.S. metros for natural disasters. The addition of this hyperscale lease complements Iron Mountain’s Phoenix data center campus that currently includes a wide range of core retail enterprise and hyperscale colocation customers.

“We are pleased to expand our support of one of the world's leading technology companies,” said Rick Crutchley, Vice President & General Manager, North America at Iron Mountain Data Centers. “We expect to continue our balanced leasing strategy, and will pursue the right hyperscale opportunities that complement our core retail colocation ecosystem.”

Additional highlights of the Phoenix data center campus include:

• Hyper-scale ready: provides the ability to scale in a campus environment with unmatched security and reliability

• Efficient hybrid-IT enablement: centralized access to hundreds of customers, clouds, carriers, and other IT services providers, making hybrid IT efficient, cost-effective and secure

• Network density: carrier-neutral campus with 24 native network providers, access to diverse meet-me rooms, and the ability to connect to multiple public-cloud on-ramps

• Support for multiple use cases: hyper-scale cloud node, hybrid-IT colocation, local production IT, local/regional business continuity/disaster recovery, and consolidation/migration

• Energy efficiency: powered by 100% renewable energy

• Operational excellence: 100% uptime SLA

• Industry-leading compliance:

o SOC 2 Type II, SOC 3

o ISO 27001, 50001, and 140001



o FISMA High/NIST SP 800-53

Iron Mountain's global data center platform consists of 15 operational facilities across 13 markets and three continents. Including leasable capacity, land, and buildings held for future development, Iron Mountain's data center platform can support more than 375 megawatts of IT capacity at full build-out.

Iron Mountain

Boston, MA

Ted MacLean, CMO

Provides storage and information management services to organizations helping them lower storage costs, comply with regulations, and recover from disaster.