Construction has wrapped up, tenants have moved in, and the City of Independence, the Independence business community and Involta celebrated with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony on Thursday, June 8, 2017.
Involta has invested more than $50 million in the state of Ohio, with data centers in Independence, Akron, Columbus and two facilities in Youngstown.
Event speakers included Bruce Lehrman, Founder and CEO of Involta, Anthony Togliatti, Mayor of Independence, Brett Lindsey, President of Everstream, and keynote speaker Dirk Zabel, Manager of Global IT Operations at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. After the ceremony, the Involta team led guided data center tours, providing insider access to the concurrently maintainable, 25,000+ square-foot colocation facility.
“We are proud to continue supporting Ohio’s growing business community with the opening of the Independence facility,” said Bruce Lehrman, Involta CEO. “The city has been an excellent partner throughout the process. This is an exciting milestone for Involta, and we are excited to celebrate the grand opening in conjunction with Involta’s 10-year anniversary.”
The Independence data center is connected to Involta’s Akron data center by a state-of-the-art fiber ring, providing one-millisecond latency between the two concurrently maintainable sites. This allows for real-time services between the two locations.
“Involta has been critical to business success in Ohio for many years,” said Independence Mayor Anthony Togliatti. “Bringing Involta’s services to Cuyahoga County will spark further economic growth and prosperity. We are excited to welcome Involta to Independence.”
The city’s robust regional workforce, excellent public infrastructure and a significant investment in conduit installation made it an attractive and strategic data center location.
“Business partners such as Involta continue to demonstrate that Ohio is a national and international leader in the 21st century economy,” said State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills). “I am enthusiastic to see their impact in the Independence community and happily welcome them to northeast Ohio.”
Other Independence data center features:
- Temperature and humidity controls
- Redundant power and HVAC
- IEEE Tier IV electrical reliability design
- 2N+ at the UPS distribution level and 2N Diesel Generators
- DataSox™ porous/diffuse fabric ventilation system
- Multiple path, multiple carrier fiber optic connectivity
- 24/7/365 critical monitoring
- 24/7/365 secure access with biometric controls
- Support from Involta’s Service Delivery, Technical Services and Data Center Operations personnel