Forsythe Data Centers (FDC) is now open for business! We had a tremendously successful Grand Opening on Wednesday, June 24. More than 900 visitors attended the day-long celebration, including partners, some local employees, FUEL participants, clients and prospects. In addition, several representatives from Elk Grove Village, State Representative Michelle Mussman, Andria Winters from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development and VPs from ComEd and Emerson Network Power joined Forsythe executives and offered brief speeches at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
From 9am to 6pm, our guests enjoyed self-guided walking tours that included 11 stations with FDC subject matter experts (SMEs) positioned to explain FDC's many state-of-the-art features as well as answer any questions. Some of the tour highlights included the Technology Briefing Center (TBC), Forsythe Integration and Configuration Center (FICC) and the Technology Evaluation Center (TEC). Visitors were able to learn first-hand how FDC is transforming the data center and colocation space with its cutting edge technology and energy efficiency.
"We are thrilled that this long endeavor is finally a reality and even more excited about the outstanding feedback we have heard from our clients, prospects and partners,” said Steve Harris, vice president, data center development. “Our new Retail+ facility has set a new standard with innovative power and cooling technologies, a highly secured environment, and the additional services it provides. Some of the biggest responses we got from visitors were to the fact that a client can test innovative new enterprise IT options in the Technology Evaluation Center (TEC), get them configured and prepped in the Forsythe Integration Center (FICC), and have them rolled right down the hall (through multiple security checkpoints) into their private data center suite to be installed by Forsythe. The convenience and control factors made a strong impression.”
By Steve Harris, Vice President of Data Center Development, Forsythe Data Centers
Leaders from around the world attended the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations Management Conference last week in Las Vegas to discuss key issues that are affecting IT and the data center.
Here are my three key takeaways from the conference.
1. We are on the path toward the software-defined X
Software-defined anything or software-defined X changes the way IT thinks about infrastructure. This new path enables developers and users to work with infrastructure easily because it is about creating blocks of standard IT services. With software-defined X being new, there are two good places to start: faster provisioning and DevOps.
2. IT is moving from traditional to digital business slowly
Most, if not all companies, are on the path toward creating a digital business. Old IT vs. new IT is a challenge for many IT shops today. Many IT professionals know that old IT is not a good fit for a digital business but there are many reasons why they resist change.
The key is to take small, innovative steps so new and old IT can work in parallel. Gartner calls this bimodal IT, where older or traditional technology is referred to as mode 1 and newer or exploratory technology is called mode 2. Each is designed to address different information and technology goals. By 2017, 75 percent of organizations will have a bimodal capability.
3. We are heading toward the integrated data center
The future data center will not focus on workload, but on workflow. It will not be dependent on where the work is located, but on what the work is doing.
According to Gartner, the integrated data center is non-stop and software-defined. It also requires new operational models, new infrastructure models, hybrid alternatives, and optimized resources. Each dimension impacts all of the others.
The key business and technology drivers behind the new integrated data centers is the competitive exploitation of “business moments;” web-scale applications and bimodal IT; data center topology becoming fluid; one size does not fit all; managed IT service continuity; and governance and risk management becoming increasingly complex.
What can IT and data center executives do to prepare for the future data center? Some of the recommendations from Gartner include: developing new types of data center manager skills to foster horizontal thinking across the data center and infrastructure; design for agility, flexibility and scalability in the areas of technology and organization; create hybrid data center structures using cloud, modular, colocation, and managed services; and adopt hybrid data center practices, where it makes sense.
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Forsythe officially broke ground at the Forsythe Data Centers site on Wednesday, April 9. The ceremony included Bill Brennan, Al Weiss, and Steve Harris in personalized hard hats, wielding chrome ceremonial shovels. Representatives from the Village of Elk Grove, representatives from Duke Realty, and several other Forsythe employees working on the project were also in attendance.
The building is scheduled to open in Spring 2015. At 221,000 square feet, the facility will house 56 private data center suites as well as Forsythe’s Integration & Configuration Center (FICC), Technology Evaluation Center (TEC), and Executive Briefing Center.
Al Weiss, Bill Brennan and Steve Harris (left to right) with shovels at the ground breaking ceremony.
Steve Harris, Bill Brennan and Al Weiss (left to right) digging at the ground breaking ceremony.
Representatives from the Village of Elk Grove, Duke Realty, and Forsythe take a moment for a group photo.
A wide view of the construction site at Forsythe Data Center in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Works work on the new Forsythe Data Center, ready for occupany in early 2015.
Construction workers getting the land ready for the new Forsythe Data Center.