US Signal to open new Van Buren Twp. data center March 1

GRAND RAPIDS—US Signal, the data center services provider, announced that its new Greater Detroit data center in Van Buren Township will officially open  March 1.

Officials at the Grand Rapids-based company said the new data center has been built to Tier 3 standards, based on unprecedented growth within the data center services market, and following a series of significant client wins.

The new center will enable US Signal to keep pace with the large-scale adoption of cloud-first, hybrid and off-premises data center strategies—all of which require colocation space. These strategies are critical to the survival of today’s organizations— a fact born out of US Signal’s most recent IT Resiliency Survey.

The survey highlights that less than a quarter of IT professionals have preparations in place to deal with a disruptive event such as a malware attack or loss of power. By contrast, US Signal’s newest data center—as well as the company’s seven other locations—offer several options for ensuring reliability and recoverability of systems when disaster strikes. Redundancy is in place across all critical components of the data center, including rigid physical and biometric security that prevents unauthorized access. The new center also has tested storm and emergency preparedness plans as well as multi-faceted recovery strategies to help minimize service disruptions and ensure continued operation.

The new center offers US Signal’s Cloud Pod, which will enable private and multi-tenant cloud hosting, based on the VMware virtualization stack. Deploying this architecture and infrastructure within a data center adjacent to customer colocated hardware assets allows them to get private Layer 2 connections to US Signal Cloud resources, or direct connection to other providers. It also enables organizations to use geo-diverse data protection services. US Signal Cloud Pods will be rolled out across additional data centers during 2020, starting with its Indianapolis, Ind. and Oak Brook, Ill. sites.

“US Signal has experienced an incredible increase in demand for off-premises services and hybrid cloud solutions—both in Michigan and across the region,” said Dave Wisz, executive vice president of operations at US Signal. “This validates our decision to strengthen our local capabilities with edge data center locations as neighboring businesses continue to thrive and seek off-premises solutions and regional IT resources. It also speaks of our determination to remain the local data center services provider of choice in Michigan. But this data center will also play a key role in supporting our nationwide clients with even greater geographic diversity and colocation choices. In the end, everyone will benefit.”

The increased need for these services was shown in the company’s ‘2020 State of Data Center Offerings’ survey, released earlier this month. The study, which consisted of data derived from 110 U.S.-based IT decision makers, showed that security and compliance, backup and disaster recovery, and network availability are the top factors for the majority of surveyed companies when choosing a third-party data center provider. Cost is also a key consideration, and 91 percent of respondents are likely to select a data center provider located close to their users.

The new data center is accepting interested customers before the official opening day, and, for a limited time, customers can get a secure cabinet for just $100 per month. Visit to learn more.

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