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EDC Client, Involta Breaks Ground on New Facility

MARION, IA—Involta, LLC—AUGUST 30, 2010—EDC client, Involta announced today its plans to build and operate a 46,000-square-foot hardened enterprise data center in Akron, Ohio.

The Marion-based company provides full service data center facilities, as well as managing and protecting mission critical computer systems and associated data. The company was founded in 2007, and this past month was ranked No. 40 on the 2010 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States, and it was the highest ranking Iowa company on the list.

Design is already under way for the new $20 million data center, which will be more than twice as large as the Marion facility, and Involta officials anticipate the center to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2011.

The high-security colocation data center will house mission critical computer systems and related components for businesses, government and educational institutions. It will feature environmental and systems controls, redundant back-up power, specialized fire suppression and reinforced concrete building construction. Additionally, it will have 20,000 square feet of conditioned data center space for housing organizations’ IT assets. When built, it will receive a LEED Certification for efficient use of energy, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating other environmentally sustainable strategies.

Involta CEO Bruce Lehrman stated in a press release that the new center will provide many advantages for both local and national businesses, including the ability to share the high costs of housing and managing mission critical systems and the option of off-site data storage for disaster preparedness planning.

“It is often not cost effective for businesses to build and support their own data center,” he stated. “By colocating, businesses can have the advantage of a data center while actually cutting costs. Use of this data center will allow business leaders to focus on their core businesses rather than the complex infrastructure and facilities issues.”