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IO opens first Ohio modular data center

A Phoenix-based data center technology and services company opened a new facility in Springboro on Monday to provide services for southwest Ohio customers that include LexisNexis and Logicalis.

IO Ohio at 3366 S. Tech Blvd. provides outsourced data center services for area businesses and organizations to support critical applications such as online commerce and archives, said Rick Crutchley, an IO’s senior vice president. The technology minimizes customers’ capital expenditures and allows them to focus on their core business, he said.

Crutchley said IO selected the Dayton area for its first Ohio location because of the company’s “strong relationship” with Miami Twp.-based LexisNexis and other customers such as Logicalis, an information technology and managed services provider with offices in West Chester and Cincinnati.

In addition, the Dayton region is seen as an emerging technology hub for the Midwest, company officials said. A December 2012 study by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute cited the Dayton area as having the nation’s third-largest increase in high-technology employment growth among top metro areas from 2010 to 2011.

IO Ohio is an example of the company’s “Data Center 2.0” modular technology platform, which differs from traditional large-scale, raised-floor data centers, Crutchley said.

IO manufactures and assembles secure data center infrastructure modules in Arizona that can be rapidly deployed to customer sites anywhere the company’s services are needed. The Springboro facility was up and running in less than 90 days, Crutchley said.

IO anticipates future growth in Ohio and can deploy additional data centers as area needs require, he said.

Crutchley declined to disclose the cost of IO Ohio or specifics on its property lease. The facility will be staffed on site and also be monitored remotely, he said.

IO has more than 300 employees, including 15 to 20 in the Midwest. The company owns and operates data centers in Arizona, New Jersey and Ohio, and plans to deploy additional centers this year in Singapore and the United Kingdom, Crutchley said.

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