Northern Indiana Data Center exterior

Northern Indiana Data Center

Located at Ignition Park in South Bend, IN

Data Realty’s Northern Indiana data center is strategically located in Ignition Park, South Bend’s newest technology park, which includes an exceptional, redundant multimillion dollar power infrastructure. Since opening the Northern Indiana data center, we have not experienced one minor (or major) power disruption.

Our facility was designed by the industry’s best data center architects and engineers. Equipped with lower power and operational costs due in part to our water-based cooling system, a geo-redundant grid infrastructure, and a plethora of high-speed fiber, we are an ideal space for colocation of data.

Data Center Features

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Robust Power Infrastructure

  • We have not experienced one power outage or interruption since opening; critical data requires 100% uptime.
  • One of the strongest power infrastructures in the Midwest, featuring multiple layers of redundancy and a grid structure independent of the Chicago metropolitan area.
  • Serviced by two substations, each of which have a minimum of two 138 kVA feeds.
  • Some of the lowest power costs in the nation; able to purchase power at an even lower tariff rate because we operate and maintain our own redundant transformers.
  • Located on the former Studebaker corridor, which left behind a robust and redundant manufacturing power infrastructure.
CAT generator

Redundant Power

  • The facility has a Tier III static UPS power design with 2N redundancy while running at an average PUE of 1.35.
  • Multiple Caterpillar (CAT) 3512B generators with fuel tested and verified by a third party.
  • PacketPower power consumption monitoring.
  • Uninterruptible Power Supplies via Mitsubishi Electrical 9900B Series; 500kVA UPS with a very flat efficiency curve. Ratings of 96.3% at 100% load and even at 10% load, efficiency ratings of 93% are seen.
  • Starline Track Busway for easy reconfiguration in minutes without losing any uptime.
disaster risk map

Mitigate Threats by Design

  • Low risk for natural and unnatural disasters such as tornados and earthquakes, or coastal threats such as hurricanes.
  • Designed by the leading architecture firm, ESD, our data center features cutting edge engineering applications to withstand disasters.
  • One-foot concrete wall surrounding the data suite can withstand a direct hit from an EF4 category tornado.
  • Fully modular and self-supporting raised Bergvik Iso Flooring system.
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Security & Compliance

  • Staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • All exterior doors are locked and all entrances are monitored by interior and exterior CCTV with motion activated recordings, and frequent patrols by the City of South Bend police.
  • Honeywell’s Tridium Building Automation System for maintenance planning & organization.
  • We maintain a pre-approved list of client personnel that can access the data center. All visitors are required to show a valid government issued photo ID to confirm their identity. Authorized clients are then issued a Data Realty visitor badge for access to the data suite.
  • In compliance with PCI DSS (2.0) for physical security and infrastructure availability, Service Organization Control SOC-2 Type I and Type II, and HIPAA and HITECH standards.
  • Private “cyber suites” available, consisting of of opaque polycarbonate walls and key-locked doors on the ends of the cabinet footprint.
fiber route in the upper midwest

Fiber Optic Connectivity

  • Data Realty Northern Indiana is located atop the nation’s second-largest concentration of transcontinental fiber.
  • Closely connected to the Chicago NAP, our geographic advantage offers lightning fast connectivity at lower costs than primary markets.
  • Connecting to Chicago, New York, and beyond, our carrier-neutral facility offers clients access to over 40 global network carriers.
  • Metronet Zing black fiber provides unprecedented low costs for the last mile of connectivity.
evaporative cooling towers

Cooling & Sustainability

  • The city of South Bend has a unique mix of electricity, with three hydroelectric dams and only 60% coal usage.
  • Efficient evaporative condensing technology operate as low as 0.05 Kw per ton, compared to standard chillers at 0.35-0.70 Kw per ton.
  • Eight 50-ton computer room air handler (CRAH) units powered by dual electrical sources (N+1 redundancy).
  • Facility was designed with as many sustainable features as possible.

Data Center Leadership

Lamont Long

Lamont Long, Director, Operations & Compliance

Lamont Long joined the Data Realty team in June 2012 after more than 20 years of experience in overall client facing operations of data center facilities. This includes all relocation and transition services, as well as advanced infrastructure monitoring of client systems located both inside as well as outside of the data center.

His most recent position as Director of Infrastructure and Operations at Crowe Horwath LLP provided him with skills in maintaining and implementing compliance standards for PCI, SOC, and GLBA at a top 10 CPA firm. Prior to Crowe Horwath, Long held senior executive roles at DST Systems, Inc and Baxter International. His work in recruiting, developing, and managing high performance technical staff further enhanced his skillset from earning his MBA at California State University.

In his role as Director of Infrastructure, Operations, and Compliance at Data Realty, Long is responsible for daily operations and information security at our Northern Indiana data center. In this role, he provides project management services for client transition and relocation processes, supervises monitoring of data center systems, and consults with clients on best practices for network infrastructure to maximize business results.

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