Suffolk University Selects Iron Mountain for Data Center Colocation and Networking Services

Dec. 16 - BOSTON - Information Technology (IT) departments at colleges and universities are tasked with supporting the needs of thousands of students and often hundreds of departments, programs and services, making the school’s disaster recovery and business continuity strategy a top priority to ensure seamless service and network availability. Iron Mountain® Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management company, announced it has signed a multi-year colocation agreement with Suffolk University, a leading private institution located in the heart of downtown Boston serving nearly 9,000 students.

Because both the production and disaster recovery data center deployments were in one facility on campus, Suffolk University’s IT organization decided to revisit their strategy early in 2014. They needed an off-premise solution for disaster recovery and decided that data center colocation was the best option. This solution provided Suffolk University with geographical diversity in a purpose-built data center with 24x7 operations and security to safeguard their infrastructure.

“We’re proud to be local and industry leaders in terms of how we’re approaching business continuity and disaster recovery. Too often, these mission critical functions are put on the backburner, but we’ve never been more aware of our need for IT strategies and resources to address them,” said Tom Lynch, chief information officer, Suffolk University. “After evaluating our situation, we knew we needed to rethink our disaster recovery approach. It didn’t make sense to have production and disaster recovery capabilities both located on our campus, and in Iron Mountain, we found a trusted, remote colocation partner with deep experience, which was important to our team.”

“Our data centers are designed to help organizations like Suffolk University to implement a sound business continuity strategy with the additional benefit of supporting networking services,” said Mark Kidd, senior vice president and general manager, data centers, Iron Mountain. “We look forward to supporting Suffolk University’s data center for their disaster recovery purposes.”

Iron Mountain’s data center is Tier III- certified for both design and construction and holds a LEED Gold certification, providing a resilient and energy-efficient environment. True to Iron Mountain’s dedication to security and compliance, the data center also helps organizations adhere to stringent industry requirements on the storage and management of information, especially in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, finance and education. Complementing the secure and compliant data center colocation, Iron Mountain provides our customers with a suite of comprehensive services for the management of their data center colocation, including total network services, tape handling, infrastructure management, compliant IT asset tracking, disposition and more.

About Iron Mountain’s Data Center Solutions

For more than a decade, enterprise organizations have trusted Iron Mountain to develop and manage their data center environments with a portfolio of ultra-secure facilities and compliant services.  Iron Mountain’s carrier and service provider neutral facilities offer both retail colocation and wholesale data center leasing options. This solution leverages Iron Mountain’s 63-year heritage of protecting information, helping organizations bring the same high levels of security and compliance to their data center environments.  The company’s national data center is located within a unique, 145-acre underground location outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with additional data centers in Massachusetts and Missouri. For more information, visit www.ironmountain.com/datacenters.

About Suffolk University

Suffolk University, located in historic downtown Boston, with an international campus in Madrid, is a student-centered institution distinguished by excellence in education and scholarship. Suffolk University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 90 areas of study.  Its mission is to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally, and globally. Visit www.suffolk.edu for more information.

About Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 67 million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries allows it to serve customers with speed and accuracy. And its solutions for records management, data management, document management, and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information for business advantage. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files, and medical data. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.