Buffalo’s leading data center is born from strategic re-use project at former hospital
Celebrating five successful years as the region’s most advanced and innovative colocation data center, Victory Technology Center (VTC) now administers over 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art colocation space at the Our Lady of Victory campus in Lackawanna. From a single colocation cabinet for disaster recovery, to private turn-key production suites, VTC offers the highest tier-level data center facility in the region.
From the beginning it was all there – structural integrity, redundant and stable utilities, well-maintained and efficient mechanicals, diverse connectivity, and controlled 24×7 secure access. Well, most of it anyway. Brought in by Catholic Health to help identify a solution for their aging data center and expanding technology needs, Mike DiGiore, VTC Director, didn’t see a blank canvas, he saw a head start.
“This facility is so well built and so well equipped for everything a data center needs, we had a great head start on building something no one else in the region could match,” said DiGiore. “We underwent an independent tier-level assessment and were rated Tier IV for critical infrastructure components – that’s the top of the line.”
Even more exciting was the capacity the facility offered – far exceeding the needs of Catholic Health. Today, with Catholic Health as both parent company and anchor tenant, VTC serves clients from a range of industries including government agencies, cloud services, higher education, healthcare, and more.
VTC continues to raise the bar for efficiency, availability, and security for area data centers. The unique and progressive design of Suite II brought national attention with a feature in Mission Critical magazine. With state-of-the-art source cooling, the suite is achieving nearly a 1.0 PUE. Cabinets are equipped with three-factor access control – a modern, robust security system. Instead of bundling power costs with the cabinet rate, VTC meters power per rack so clients are only responsible for what they’re really using.
“We’re growing, and so is the colocation industry. Companies are realizing that they can’t cost-efficiently maintain a high-quality in-house data center,” DiGiore added.A historically significant facility that once gave hope to patients seeking healing, now gives hope to organizations in search of reliable, secure, and affordable data center solutions.