Health care management software company The Echo Group announced in early June that its newly opened New Hampshire data center will be available for use by businesses in upstate New York and western Maine.
The facility, which was purpose built by The Echo Group and opened in March 2015, is located in Conway, a city in New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley. The site was built because the company was not able to find an existing data center in the region that met the high standards for privacy, security and reliability it required to protect the sensitive patient information it was dealing with. The new Conway data center offers increased levels of security, a 24/7 uptime guarantee and multiple redundant safeguards for network access and power supply.
Sharing the data center wealth
Realizing that not every business that wants a computing facility with the same level of performance The Echo Group was looking for has the ability to build their own complex, the company decided to allow other organizations in the area the opportunity to lease space in the New Hampshire data center.
"The Data Center offers the benefits of cloud computing with the convenience and confidence of a local provider," said Chief Technology Officer Allan Normandin. "This is a big deal for any business in the valley or North Country that is looking for a facility to provide power and cooling and Internet access with 24/7 reliability without having to go to southern New Hampshire or Massachusetts."
Customers can utilize the facility for data storage or choose a colocation feature. The site offers both physical and digital security, with staff members on site around the clock and an external generator that is load-tested every week to ensure it can provide enough power for the entire site.
New Hampshire data centers are growing in popularity, with many businesses turning to the state for their New England facilities. Firstlight Fiber recently expanded their building in the state, and in February 2015, FairPoint Communications opened a Manchester data center, the company's second in New Hampshire. The naturally cool climate and relatively abundant space in the area have led a variety of data center operators to the New England enclave.
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