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February 6, 2012

Tech Vault, Inc. Achieves LEED Silver Certification

Leading Edge Design Group, a leading provider of data center design services, announced today that Tech Vault, Inc. has achieved LEED Silver certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, a voluntary rating system for energy efficient buildings overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Tech Vault, Inc. is a provider of collocation, hosting, and managed services and is proud to be Vermont’s first commercial-grade, LEED certified data center. Leading Edge Design Group designed Tech Vault’s data center and led the LEED certification strategy and execution.

“Our partnership with Leading Edge Design Group was critical to our business and certification success,” said Steve Loyer, President, of Tech Vault. “Renovating an existing facility, Vermont’s cooler climate, generous utility incentives, and attaining LEED certification were key factors in our design and implementation and we simply could not have done it without the great team of professionals at Leading Edge Design Group.”

The Tech Vault data center is now considered to be the most efficient data center in New England and features a 4,000 square foot server area and a separate 2,500 square foot area to house mechanical and electrical equipment. By taking advantage of Vermont’s Champlain Valley climate, Tech Vault uses water-side economization to cool the facility and innovative in-row cooling and heat recovery technologies providing customers unlimited power and cooling capabilities. In addition, real-time monitoring has been installed to track Power User Effectiveness (PuE) and to continuously benchmark their energy efficiency. Tech Vault customers include the regions data-intensive, industry-leading healthcare providers, educational institutions and software companies.

“The Tech Vault data center is a remarkable example of how an owner can successfully integrate sustainability and energy efficiency into their data center without compromising the reliability or agility of their operations,” says Todd Boucher, Principal at Leading Edge Design Group. “Our organization is so proud to have played an integral role in bringing the vision for this unique facility to life and give a tremendous amount of credit to the Tech Vault team for their unwavering commitment to energy efficiency throughout this project. We believe firmly that this ongoing commitment and the sustainable, efficient nature of the design establishes the Tech Vault facility as the most energy efficient data center in the region.”

Leading Edge Design Group worked closely with Efficiency Vermont to secure $100,000 of energy efficiency incentives for the $1.95 million project.

ABOUT LEADING EDGE DESIGN GROUP
Leading Edge Design Group is a leading national provider of energy optimization services that delivers significant energy savings to the public and private marketplaces through efficient data center designs and emerging LED lighting and wireless lighting control technologies. Founded in 2007 with the goal of pursuing, promoting, and providing the finest energy optimization solutions available, we help our customers minimize the environmental impact of their businesses while improving operational reliability and reducing costs. Leading Edge Design Group is dedicated to encouraging, challenging, and contributing to energy industry innovation with an ongoing commitment to our community and our environment. Visit us at http://www.ledesigngroup.com and connect with us on Twitter @ledesigngroup.

ABOUT TECH VAULT, INC.
Tech Vault is a next generation data center / collocation facility that is HIPAA, DSS PCI, SSAE-16 (formally SAS-70) compliant and is located in South Burlington, VT. Our facility is operated and monitored by the professionals at Tech Group Inc. one of the State’s leading IT service companies. We are leading the region with our environmentally sound design and energy efficient operation. From the onset it was all about energy consciousness and minimizing our carbon footprint on the environment, achieving LEED Silver Certification from USGBC is further evidence of that vision and commitment. Our LEED certification puts us in elite company on a national level when it comes to data centers where less than thirty others have attained such standards. “In Vermont and the region many of our clients care about the environment and also have high compliance requirements when it comes to choosing a data center, and Tech Vault provides that solution. We believe that we have created a facility that many businesses in the region will find congruent with their own environmental business practices and vision and we’re proud of that. Visit us at http://www.techvault.net for more information.

December, 2011
Building a Data Center the Vermont Way

We’re Vermonters. Here in New England, our state culture upholds the highest standards in energy efficiency and eco-responsibility. So when my partner and I set out to build the state’s first commerical-grade, LEED-certified, carrier-neutral data center and co-location facility, we knew it would have to be built the Vermont way.

That, in a nutshell, is my advice to any channel pro looking to invest in a data center. Do business in accordance with what you know. Use your instincts and integrity as your guide and remain steadfast with your business mission and vision. Click the link to download the entire article. ChannelPro Article 12.2011

December 8, 2011
Tech Vault, Small Company in the Spotlight at the Gartner Conference

In a world of Big Data, bigger clouds and enormous server farms, is there room for niche providers with modest data centers? The answer is yes, as illustrated by TechVault, a managed hosting provider in South Burlington, Vermont. The company has built its business and its highly-efficient data center during a brutal economic downturn.

Tech Vault provides a range of services, but saw an opportunity in the market for electronic health records (EHR) for the healthcare industry. To take advantage of that demand, the company built a 6,500 square foot data center, one of just a handful of commercial facilities in the state. The facility, which opened in the fall of 2010, has gained Silver-level certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for green buildings.

Today Tech Vault will get a moment in the spotlight at the Gartner Data Center Conference, the largest industry conference for enterprise data centers. The company’s project will be featured in a joint session with Schneider Electric, which provided much of the technology supporting the Tech Vault facility.

Focus on Efficient Cooling
Tech Vault principal Jay Fayette said the partnerships with Schneider and Leading Edge Design Group were critical to the provider’s ambitions to build an energy efficient data center within an existing facility. The data center takes advantage of Vermont’s cool climate, using water-side economization to cool the facility for much of the year. The Tech Vault design features a 4,500 square foot server area and a separate 2,000 square foot area to house mechanical and electrical equipment.
A key element of the design is an in-row cooling system from APC by Schneider that uses a rear plenum to recirculate air, returning the waste heat to the cooling unit. The 7-inch rear plenum is contained, and runs the length of the 12-cabinet row, which also includes four APC in-row cooling units. This allows TechVault to house its cabinets on a slab floor and gain the benefits of containment without capping the aisles separating the cabinets.

This design allows Tech Vault to operate with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) raning between 1.27 and 1.45, depending whether conditions allow it to use its economizer, which uses outside air to cool water used in the data center cooling system. The project is an early implementation of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure, an integrated approach that incorporates technologies from across the company’s portfolio. In addition to the APC cooling units and cabinets, Other Schneider products used by Tech Vault include an APC Symmetra UPS system, Square D swichgear and power panels, Pelco security cameras and biometric systems, and a Continuum One building management system.

TechVault spent $1.75 million on the project, which was completed in four months and earned $100,000 in incentives from Green Mountain Power. The facility will eventually be able to house as many as 102 cabinets of gear.

The annual Gartner Data Center Conference kicks off this morning with keynote presentations at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Article written by Rick Miller of Data Center Knowledge

November 21, 2011
Governor Shumlin tours Tech Vault

The Tech Vault team was honored to have Governor Peter Shumlin drop in for a tour of Vermont’s first LEED Certified, carrier neutral, and commercial grade data center.  It was the Governor’s first visit to the Tech Vault facility and it came on the heels of his recently awarded 2011 Green Governor of the Year award in Los Angeles.  The team emphasized the importance of Tech Vault’s environmentally sound, energy efficient design and its vital importance in augmenting the State’s overall technological infrastructure.  Tech Vault can become a key technology reference for the Governor and for the State as we continue to expand our pursuit of high tech businesses regionally, nationally and internationally.  The entire team at Tech Group & Tech Vault truly appreciated his time and feedback during his visit.

November 7, 2011
Tech Vault Meets a Market Need in Vermont by Kevin Hesslink, Mission Critical

The Tech Vault Data Center in Burlington, VT, is quite a unique facility. It is certainly not the biggest, and it doesn’t have the lowest PUE (1.25-1.45) in the industry either, which already distinguishes it in two ways from many of the data centers I visit. Remember that I last wrote about visiting the SuperNap in Las Vegas, which could fairly be called “super huge.”

Instead of developing a super huge facility that could meet the needs of all comers, the Tech Group, a Burlington, VT-based IT service recognized the need for a disaster recovery/back up site among customers of its consulting service. According to Jay Fayette, until the Tech Vault started operations, Vermont lacked a commercial-grade internet service provider, carrier-neutral facility.

Fayette, a Tech Group principal and local builder, said that this simple observation led to the formation of Tech Vault, Inc. and its 6000 sq ft data center in South Burlington, Vermont.  According to Fayette, the newly formed Tech Vault undertook the challenge of designing and developing a data center that is now considered to be the most efficient data center in New England. Additionally, Tech Vault has applied for the U.S. Green Building Council’s coveted LEED Gold certification.

Tech Vault opened its doors on September 15, 2010 with several high-end customers online from day one including hospitals, health-care providers, and software companies. Other customers included Fayette’s construction business, which built the data center facility, within a building partially occupied by Tech Group.

“Our clients have high environmental expectations when it comes to choosing a data center,” said Bob Stewart, Vice President of IT for Tech Vault. “Environmentally-conscious companies in our region seek a secure, clean, energy-efficient facility with unlimited power and cooling capabilities for their business needs.” Tech Vault provides exactly that, in Vermont, where environmentally-friendly practices are a way of life in every sector of business. “We feel that we have created a facility that many companies will find congruent with their own business practices and vision, and we’re proud of that.”

Fayette simply says that the Tech Vault’s modular approach reflects Vermont’s simple commonsense view of how things should be done. The Tech Vault data center is a “soup-to-nuts Schneider Electric house,” Stewart explains. The data center uses a variety of Schneider Electric equipment to keep the facility running at its most optimum energy efficiency. The driving force behind Tech Vault’s superior execution of an environmentally- conscious data center is in the design and implementation using Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure approach.” Mostly, though, the Schneider approach seems to have enabled the Tech Vault’s phased approach to development.

At present, just one row of racks is filled, with servers just beginning to fill the second row. Racks will be added to other and populated as needed, and eventually interior walls could be removed to allow full build out of the facility, which would be 102 racks.
Until, the first phase is completed, however, the walls will remain in space, deferring the need to extend fire protection to empty space.

Tech Vault’s decision to locate in South Burlington suggests a bet on the local economy, with which Stewart and Fayette are both knowledgeable. An afternoon with Fayette includes a tutorial on the development of fiber networks in the state, which had served as a limited to similar development in the past.

Fayette also describes difficulties in securing the hoped for Gold LEED certification, which has met with some technical difficulties in breaching the 60-point threshold. While an appeal has been made to the USGBC, the points in dispute relate to the redundancy of bus lines serving the facility and local population density, which have little to do with the relative sustainability of a data center, particularly one located in a rural state. Even so, Fayette hopes to eventually receive LEED Gold for Tech Vault, which would also recognize significant efforts to manage energy in the facility.

Heslin is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in the editorial departments of business-to-business and technical publications. During his career, he has written and spoken about topics including energy cost and reliability, electrical safety, and data centers. He can be reached at heslink@bnpmedia.com. Also you can follow him on Twitter @datacenteredit. Follow Mission Critical magazine at @mcritical.

September/October 2011
Energy Efficient and Green Priorities Result in Utility Company Rebates

Tech Vault, Inc. undertook a data center design and development project to maximize energy efficiency without sacrificing performance. Thanks to a smart deployment of energy efficient technology, particularly its approach to cooling and power, its new data center in South Burlington, Vermont, is considered the most efficient data center in New England and is currently under review for the U.S. Green Building Council’s coveted LEED Gold certification. IEC Insights Sept-Oct 2

 

October 2011
APC Currents Magazine – Tech Vault, Inc. delivers high-efficiency data center for clients

Tech Vault, a provider of collocation services based in Vermont, has designed and developed a data center that is now recognized as one of the most efficient in all of New England.  Clients include hospitals, healthcare providers, and software companies among others.

According to Bob Stewart, vice president of IT for Tech Vault, “Environmentally conscious companies in our region seek a secure, clean, energy-efficient facility with unlimited power and cooling capabilities.”

The Schneider Electric team of experts was essential to the project.  “They really brought the face of Schneider Electric to us, and we acquired a first -class education on the value of row-based cooling, remote power modules, even how power is distributed from one process to the next,” said Stewart.  Click the link below to read the full article…
APC Currents Magazine

June, 2011
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As those experienced in data center installation and operation know, backup power is not only beneficial, it’s essential.

As for the cooling, he says “average-temperature conditions in a data center cause approximately the same amount of impact every year in the data center environment as power failures. Efficiency is the key. Cooling technology is one of the fastest evolving technologies in the industry. Newer technology is more efficient and more reliable. Leveraging the newer technology will result in lower operating costs without sacrificing reliability.”

“It is critical that the equipment in the data center is kept within manufacturers’ specifications,” warns Pamela Brigham of Equinix. “To do this, the cooling technology is required. There are many options available today for cooling in the data center, everything from hot or cold aisle containments to cabinet rear door cooling to traditional overhead or raised floor cooling. The cooling used can be dictated by the power requirements [and backup power] of your equipment. It has been found that close-coupled cooling—getting the cooling as close to the heat source as possible—is among the most efficient.”

Tech Vault Inc. has garnered praise and admiration for its data center in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. The simple philosophy of “Heat only what you need to heat, cool only what you need to cool, and light only what you need to light” brings a new generation of data centers facilities. Tech Vault will attain Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification! Schneider Electric’s APC brand solutions in the success of this installation, including InRow cooling, Symmetra UPS, and InRow Remote Power Modules, all to improve energy-efficient delivery of power to the data center.

“We pursued Schneider Electric initially because of their industry leading cooling technology offerings from APC,” comments Bob Stewart, Vice President of IT for Tech Vault. “APC opened the door to Schneider Electric as a complete energy solution provide for our data center. The facility soup-to-nuts is a Schneider Electric house. After a year of planning and design collaboration with the Schneider Electric team, we began construction of the facility. Within four months we completed the full installation, enabling us to open on time.”

“Data centers use significant amounts of energy for daily operation, especially when it comes to cooling the massive computer servers needed to process the data in such an environment,” points out Rob McKernan, President, Americas Region, IT Business, Schneider Electric. “By leveraging Schneider Electric’s full range of energy-efficient solutions, Tech Vault can now offer companies a safe, reliable, and energy-efficient environment, a critical combination for companies with data hosting or disaster recovery computing needs.”

Stewart adds, “Schneider Electric has been a true partner in this project. They were involved with some of our earliest discussions around data center design layouts. With the energy saving solutions from Schneider Electric, we can provide additional value to our customers by providing that safe, reliable, energy-efficient location to house their critical IT networks.”

“Cooling technology is critical to a data center because, without the proper amount of it, equipment cannot function, will overheat, and, in some cases, may catch fire,” says Domich. “Cooling must be as reliable as the power distribution system and should also be designed to scale in concert with power consumption. Put another way, the use of power should be limited to the amount you can adequately cool. This does not suggest that one should significantly overcool the data center! That practice is expensive and unnecessary. Instead, be sure to design the cooling system to scale based on load.”

Data centers may have become one of the most active and vibrant sectors of industry, and they embrace customers with an almost universal range of products and services. They are not limited to one area of the country, but they do demand certain fundamental strengths in their design and installation. Firstly, it is clear that there must be backup power for all the equipment. Of all industrial sectors, data centers must rank high among those that cannot afford to fail for an hour, a day, or even for much less time. Along with that guarantee of continuous performance, the centers will prosper on features that are under the umbrella of scalability, modularity, connectivity, and reliability. But the greatest of these is uninterrupted power.

by Paul Hull, writer on construction topics for several Forester Media Magazines

January 2011
Leading Edge Design Group – Case Study -Tech Vault’s Data Center & Colocation Facility

  There has been a longstanding need for high-availability commercial data center space in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, an area that is separated from major metropolitan areas  yet conveniently accessible by interstate or air. As Tech Vault Inc sought to fulfill this void, they realized the significant challenges inherent in building a next-generation colocation facility in a challenging economic market. As they struggled to balance the appropriate level of investment in redundancy, efficiency, security, and capacity, Tech Vault engaged Leading Edge Design Group to help guide the development of this vision. Collectively, they developed a goal to build the most unique data center in the Northeast and an aggressive strategy to open the doors in less than a year. Click the link to download the complete case study. tech-vault-case-study

23rd ANNUAL COMPUTERWORLD HONORS PROGRAM NAMES 2011 LAUREATES

Global Information Technology Awards Foundation Pays Tribute to Individuals and Organizations that Use Information Technology to Benefit Society

FRAMINGHAM, MASS.—April 21, 2011—IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program, honoring visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change, has selected 263 Laureates for 2011. These individuals will be commemorated during the 23rd Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening on June 20, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

For over two decades, The Computerworld Honors Program has recognized individuals and organizations who create and use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better. The world’s foremost information technology companies Chairmen and CEOs support this program through their participation on the Chairmen’s Committee. To broaden the scope of the program, while maintaining the tradition and prestige of the recognition, the Chairmen’s Committee Advisors expanded the call for nominations and updated award categories focusing on the humanitarian theme which is core to the Program. The 2011 award categories are:

  • Business Responsiveness
  • Collaboration
  • Digital Access
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Emerging Technology
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Innovation
  • Safety & Security
  • Training/Education

The 2011 Laureates case study nominations were evaluated by Chairmen’s Committee Advisors and Computerworld editorial leaders. The 2011 judging committee included:

  • David Ballai, VP, Operations & Technology Services, Reed Technology and Information Services
  • Kate Bass, CIO, Valspar
  • Mitch Betts, Executive Editor, Computerworld
  • Ronald Bianchi, CIO, Economic Research Services, USDA
  • Ben Blanquera, VP, IS, Progressive-Medical
  • Cora Carmody, CIO, Jacobs Engineering
  • Chris Curran, Principal, Diamond Advisory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC
  • Ellen Fanning, Editor, Special Projects, Computerworld
  • Steve Finnerty, CIO, Applied Materials
  • Scot Finnie, Editor in Chief, Computerworld
  • Wynne Hayes, Enterprise Services, Constellation Energy
  • Julia King, Executive Editor of Events/National Correspondent, Computerworld
  • Deborah Lindell, CIO, Department of Corrections, State of Delaware
  • Anne McCrory, VP, Editorial Event Strategy, Computerworld Events
  • Frank Modruson, CIO, Accenture
  • Mary Patry, Senior Director, IT Infrastructure, MedImmune
  • Page Petry, CIO-Americas, Marriott International
  • Mark Showers, CIO, RGA Reinsurance Co.

The 2011 Laureates will be recognized publicly at the Laureate Medal Ceremony and Gala Evening on June 20th in Washington D.C. During this ceremony, case studies are formally inducted into the program’s International Archives, and honorees are presented with a medallion inscribed with the Program’s mission, “A Search for New Heroes.”

At the Gala Evening, additional honors are given to 55 21st Century Achievement Award finalists— five Laureates from each of the eleven categories—each with a Case Study selected by Program Judges to represent outstanding innovation within the information technology field. That field is narrowed further with the presentation of the 21st Century Achievement Awards. These awards are given to only one Finalist in each category, singled out for special recognition by the Program Judges to be the very best among their peers.

“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”

2011 Computerworld Honors Laureates for Environment

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • ArpaPuglia
  • Barcelona City Council
  • Environment Department
  • HaoSolar
  • HSBC
  • JaMocha Tech
  • KOM Networks
  • McKesson Corp.
  • PSC
  • Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
  • State of California, Office of Technology Services
  • Tech Vault, Inc.
  • The Maltese National Electricity and Water Utilities
  • U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office
  • West Virginia Office of Technology

About Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for- profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website (http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2011).

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (http://www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2010). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

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December 1, 2010
Schneider Electric Selected By Tech Vault, Inc. for Development of Energy Efficient Data Center

Burlington, VT data center striving to be one of the most energy-efficient in the U.S. partners with full-service energy management leader Schneider Electric; Seeks LEED Gold Certification

West Kingston, RI, December 01, 2010 —Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced that Tech Vault, Inc., a commercial data center in Burlington, Vermont, selected Schneider Electric to design and help bring to life the most efficient data center in New England. Schneider Electric’s APC brand solutions including InRow® cooling, Symmetra® UPS and InRow® Remote Power Modules were installed to improve energy efficient delivery of power in the data center.

“We pursued Schneider Electric initially because of their industry-leading cooling technology offerings from APC,” said Bob Stewart, vice president for IT of Tech Vault. “APC opened the door to Schneider Electric, a complete energy solution provider for our data center. The facility soup to nuts is a Schneider Electric house, and we are really happy about that. After a year of planning and design collaboration with the APC / Schneider Electric team we began construction on the facility. Within four months we completed the full installation enabling us to open on time and in large part because of their energy-efficient solutions, we hope to join a small and distinguished group of LEED certified data centers in the United States.”

The Tech Vault data center also uses Square D electrical switchgear and distribution panels exclusively throughout the facility, Pelco security hardware, cameras and software to handle all security systems, functionality and monitoring, and it has also incorporated Schneider Electric’s Continuum™ One controls hardware/software system to monitor and manage the data center in its entirety. A Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) chart and data collection is designed into the Continuum One software which allows Tech Vault to monitor PUE for any time given time range including hourly, daily, weekly and monthly. As a result, data center managers can further hone energy efficiency by understanding the behavior of the facility while it is in operation and obtain optimal performance.

“Data centers use significant amounts of energy for daily operation, especially when it comes to cooling the massive computer servers needed to process the data in such an environment,” said Rob McKernan, President of APC North America. “By leveraging Schneider Electric’s full range of energy efficient solutions, Tech Vault can now offer companies a safe, reliable and energy-efficient environment, a critical combination for companies with data hosting or disaster recovery computing needs. Best of all, environmentally-conscious companies will recognize the value in this significant reduction of their carbon footprint. Tech Vault’s data center is a perfect example of how a multitude of Schneider Electric brands work together to help with every aspect of a facility’s energy efficiency strategy, design and implementation.”

Tech Vault’s Stewart also added, “Schneider Electric has been a true partner in this project. They were involved with some of our earliest discussions around data center design layouts, and we look forward to continued collaboration. There has been demand in Vermont for quite some time for an energy efficient data center, and we’re pleased to address this critical infrastructural need and help drive energy efficient and effective practices across the state. With the energy saving solutions from Schneider Electric, we can provide additional value to our customers by providing a safe, reliable and energy efficient location to house their critical IT networks.”

Tech Vault is pursuing LEED Gold certification for Data Centers, a daunting challenge given how much energy data centers typically use. LEED Gold certification is the second-highest achievable level based on the rating system of a total possible 110 points (100 points and 10 bonus points), and indicates a facility has met 60+ points in the following categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The bonus points are awarded for innovation in design and regional priority. The LEED program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is an internationally-recognized green building certification, providing third-party verification of environmental stewardship.

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 100,000+ employees achieved sales of more than $22 billion in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy”.

October 3, 2010
Businesses find backup plan in South Burlington vault

SOUTH BURLINGTON — What you don’t see is what you get at Tech Vault.  No window-clad facade adorns the Gregory Drive headquarters in South Burlington. No flow of customers waft in and out the door; no large sign proclaiming the presence of a world-class data center that, incidentally, incorporates innovative energy-saving technologies.

The building’s blast-proof matrix of stainless steel lies hidden within ordinary-looking walls. Security cameras fit in with the trim.  Below ground, two, thick fiber optic cables — connected to separate, utility-grade backhaul loops — whisk almost unimaginable quantities of data back and forth to banks, hospitals and other corporate clients.

Customers want their information safe and they want it at their fingertips, Tech Vault President Steve Loyer said last week: Customers want mirror-image backups of their servers that can, in a heartbeat, host all of a business’ IT chores.
Loyer invoked the industry mantra of “N+1” (Have what you need on hand — plus one) throughout a recent walking tour.

The single-story building is prepared for equipment failures, power outages and what he termed “fiber-seeking backhoes” anywhere between New York and Montreal. “When someone loses their data, there’s not a whole lot you can do to cheer them up,” he said.

He’s in the prevention business. Racks of winking equipment line up in what looks like a cyber-locker room. Much of the 1,000 square feet is empty; but all of it is wired and ducted for a tenfold expansion.  “The infrastructure is here. We just have to grow into it,” Loyer said.

Demand for secure data management is a growth industry, he added — and Vermont’s isolation from potential disruptions (including earthquakes, tornadoes and terrorists) is increasingly perceived as an asset.

So is the Vermont “brand” of accountability.  Tech Vault acquired the brand honestly. Loyer studied at Vermont Technical College and advanced through the trades, first as an electrician and then as an electrical engineer.  Eighteen years ago, he co-founded Computer Services of Vermont. In 2006, Loyer and a silent partner (whom he’s known since seventh grade) bought out the business and launched Tech Group, a network security business.  Two years ago, they began laying the groundwork for Tech Vault.  “We wanted this to be a showcase; we needed it to be second to none,” Loyer said. “It’s the first of its kind and caliber in Vermont. We didn’t cut any corners; neither did any of our contractors.”

Loyer also worked closely with Burlington-based Efficiency Vermont to whittle down power consumption. Data systems consume considerable amounts of electricity, and much of it devoted to cooling the servers.  Traditionally, companies simply park their equipment in air-conditioned rooms, Loyer said. He sought out an “in-row” system that more efficiently “jackets” the gear — similar to a cooling system that surrounds a car engine.  Precision-placed sensors let technicians tweak the flow of air to maximize efficiencies. An unexpected bonus: Tech Vault will tout LEED-gold certification among its credentials.

Tim Perrin, Efficiency Vermont’s point man on the project, said Loyer’s level of commitment to from the earliest stages of planning will help him wring maximum savings from investments in efficient fans, pumps, chillers and lighting, without compromising the product.  “A lot of people think energy efficiency is about sacrifice,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be.”

Tech Vault’s Vice President of Information Technology, Bob Stewart, counted the local work force among the company’s high-value natural resources.  “It’s not a penalty to be a technology company in Vermont. Trust is a big deal here: You get to look us in the eye,” he said. “There’s no place to hide in Vermont; you’ve got to stand up.”

Contact Joel Banner Baird at 660-1843 or joelbaird@burlingtonfreepress.com. Read his blog at www.burlingtonfreepress.com/BairdsEyeView and follow him on Twitter at @vtgoingup .

September 15, 2010
Efficiency Vermont works with Tech Vault, Inc. to create an energy-efficient environment

South Burlington, VT – Tech Vault, Inc., a commercial data center in Vermont, is designed to provide reliable, secure data hosting and disaster recovery services for all-sized companies in an energy-efficient and sustainable environment.

Typically, data centers use significant amounts of energy to operate – and to cool the massive computer servers that are needed to process the data. Working with Leading Edge Design Group (Enfield, NH) and Efficiency Vermont, Tech Vault created a secure, reliable and energy-efficient environment – an attractive combination for companies with data hosting or disaster recovery computing needs who also want to reduce their carbon footprint.

“Usually, data centers prioritize only reliability and system redundancy, and environmental sustainability is an afterthought,” said Todd Boucher, principal at Leading Edge Design Group. “Tech Vault didn’t sacrifice energy efficiency while building its state-of-the-art data center.”

System redundancy is a key component of a data center. In a “redundant system,” critical computing components are duplicated to increase the reliability of the system, providing a secure backup, or fail-safe, to protect stored data.

Tech Vault’s energy-efficient data center employs a state-of-the-art cooling system to remove the heat created by the servers. This includes high-efficiency chillers and a waterside economizer that draws in cooler outside air, as well as a process known as in-row cooling.

According to Tech Vault, data centers traditionally rely on fans and large computer room air conditioners, or “CRACs,” pushing large amounts of air underneath a raised floor to cool the massive server heat load. With in-row cooling, the cooling units are placed “in row” and adjacent to IT equipment racks. Cool air is evenly distributed from the in row cooling units to the front of the IT racks and hot air that is exhausted from the back of the IT equipment is immediately captured by the return of the in row cooling unit. The in row cooling units constantly monitor the rack inlet and return air temperatures and modulate their output on-demand to provide only the cooling that is required. This process increases the efficiency of the system and reduces the energy required to cool the data center.

In addition to the cooling system, Tech Vault also incorporated high-efficiency lighting into its data center.

The company estimates that it will save 20-30 percent in energy use compared to the average data center. Cost savings on electrical use are estimated at $15,000 for the first year of operation and could reach $140,000 annually, if the center operates at its maximum capacity.

“We think that we’ve found a formula for local, regional and national companies searching for highly secure commercial data center and processing in a sustainable environment,” said Steve Loyer, president at Tech Vault. “When IT folks see the safety and security we offer combined with the energy-efficient technology, they just say ‘Wow!’”

Loyer noted that there is a strong market for environmentally-friendly fully managed data centers, and Vermont is an ideal place to host this service.

Tech Vault is pursuing LEED Gold certification for Data Centers, a formidable challenge given how much energy typical data centers use. The LEED program, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is an internationally-recognized green building certification, providing third-party verification of environmental stewardship. Tech Vault has worked closely with Efficiency Vermont to prepare for LEED Gold certification, one of the first data centers in New England to do so.

“Efficiency Vermont is thrilled that Tech Vault chose energy efficiency as a key component of its new data center from the outset,” said Jay Pilliod, director of business energy services at Efficiency Vermont. “Ultimately, Tech Vault’s focus on energy efficiency will provide long-term environmental benefits to the company and its customers in a highly-secure location.”

Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.

June 7, 2010
Tech Vault Data Center Seeks LEED Gold Designation

South Burlington, VT – June 7, 2010 – Leading Edge Design Group, a leading provider of Energy Optimization Services, announced today that they will help Tech Vault Inc pursue a LEED Gold Certification for their new next generation Data Center and Colocation facility in South Burlington, VT.  This achievement would make Tech Vault the first LEED Gold Data Center in the Northeast.

In their new Data Center design, Tech Vault has worked diligently with Leading Edge Design Group to minimize the carbon footprint and prioritize energy efficiency in design.  Their commitment to efficiency was recently rewarded with a substantial energy rebate offer from Efficiency Vermont.  In order to further their commitment to energy efficiency, Tech Vault has decided to pursue a LEED Gold Certification for the Data Center.  “Many data center projects that achieve LEED certifications of any level include construction of office spaces that help increase available LEED credits, but construction of the Tech Vault facility entails data center spaces only, which makes it extremely challenging to achieve the LEED Gold designation,” said Todd Boucher, Principal at Leading Edge Design Group.  “Despite this obstacle, Tech Vault remains committed to the aggressive pursuit of a LEED Gold designation and we are excited for the opportunity to participate in such a progressive project.”

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Level 3 Connects Fiber Optic Network Directly to Tech Vault’s Data Center

Level 3 Communications, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with Tech Vault, Inc. a colocation data center located in South Burlington, VT to connect Level 3’s fiber optic network directly to Tech Vault’s Data Center and provide Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) services.

Under terms of the agreement, Level 3 is providing a ringed Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET) diverse entrance to the new data center. Additionally, Level 3 will begin offering 100 megabyte DIA service solutions starting in July.

“Level 3’s network and fiber assets offer a next-generation efficiency that is vital to our facilities,” said Robert Stewart, vice president of IT at Tech Vault.  “As the industry continues to adopt solutions that enable high-speed connections and redundancy, we are delighted that working with Level 3 enables us to provide those solutions.”

“Mid-market enterprises are increasing reliant upon network operators and data centers to provide, fast, secure communications solutions to support their business objectives,” said  Jeff Tench, president of Level 3’s Business Markets.  “Level 3 is committed to offering our enterprise customers a local approach and best-in-class experience, and providing a direct fiber connection to one of Vermont’s premier data centers illustrates this in a significant way.”

Level 3’s Business Market Group leverages the power of the company’s extensive fiber-optic network, metro assets, and a locally-focused sales and sales support organization to deliver world-class services to enterprise customers and service providers throughout the United States.

Friday, May 21, 2010
Connecting with the Leaders:
Tech Vault, Inc. and FairPoint Communications

Tech Vault, Inc. trusts FairPoint Communications to provide reliable and customizable communication solutions for their customers. Together these industry leaders stand ready to meet your organization’s data center and collocation needs.

FairPoint Communications, with a strong local presence, is the leading communications provider in northern New England. With the recent launch of its state-of-the-art VantagePoint infrastructure, FairPoint operates the largest and most secure IP network in northern New England. In addition the VantagePoint network’s MPLS protocol facilitates customizable business solutions that reach even the most remote locations within FairPoint’s footprint.

How Tech Vault and FairPoint work together
FairPoint provides Tech Vault with highly reliable, route-diverse fiber connections that provide access to a wide range of services and carriers. Tech Vault’s principal business is data storage, backup and disaster recovery. With connectivity to FairPoint’s entire range of highly customizable services, Tech Vault has a partner they can trust to meet virtually any connectivity requirement in a reliable but cost-effective manner.

How FairPoint can help Tech Vault customers
With FairPoint’s new VantagePoint suite of services Tech Vault can offer customers a more secure and reliable business network. #ese services can provide faster Internet speeds, expanded service areas and virtual and private Ethernet-based networks that increase productivity, reduce costs and easily deploy Ethernet and IP-based applications. VantagePoint Network and suite of services increases the flexibility of customer networks while decreasing complexity. #ey can even reduce capital expenses and operating costs. VantagePoint solutions are scalable, so customers can upgrade bandwidth or add connections easily and more quickly than with traditional network infrastructures to accommodate growth. FairPoint’s VantagePoint network offers local sales and tech support services with seasoned professionals trained to support specific business needs.

Connect with Tech Vault at 802.862.5364 or contact FairPoint at 1.866.984.3001.