RackSolutions® Partners with Global Colocation Solutions Provider CyrusOne to Set a New Standard for Customization

  RackSolutions® Partners with Global Colocation Solutions Provider CyrusOne
  to Set a New Standard for Customization

    Custom Racks and Cabinets Improve Infrastructure Cooling, Efficiency,
                            Security, and Privacy

Business Wire

GREENVILLE, Texas -- December 06, 2012

RackSolutions, the market leader in custom data center infrastructure
solutions and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Innovation First International,
announced today that it has partnered with global colocation solutions
provider CyrusOne, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell Inc., to
supply custom server rack, cabinet, and aisle-door solutions never before seen
in the enterprise colocation industry.

The new server containment racks and cabinets, manufactured by RackSolutions,
set a new standard for data center rack customization and logistic options,
reduce power consumption, and ensure security and privacy for CyrusOne

“There are as many ways of racking servers as there are data center designers.
Given this, it makes sense for data centers to use racks customized to their
specifications,” explained Dennis Feeney, vice president, RackSolutions. “We
are thrilled to team up with CyrusOne, who has designed some of the most elite
data center facilities in the world, to provide customers with efficient,
flexible, and scalable custom rack and cabinet solutions that deliver on
aspects routinely ignored by other industry players.”

CyrusOne chose RackSolutions for their custom data center rack. Starting with
a fully configurable four-post super-structure, CyrusOne selected the basic
options including height, width, depth, side panels and lockable doors. They
then were able to select which features they wanted removed, including
casters, to reduce overall cost. Lastly, CyrusOne was able to specify the
exact features and custom add-ons that would best serve their customers’
needs; improving wire management, aisle air management, security, and privacy.

“OEMs are evolving server technology on a continuous basis. This evolution
will in turn impact the width, depth, and cooling characteristics of servers,
and we wanted to deliver server containment solutions that will evolve in
dimension. This approach helps future-proof the rack and cabinet investment
for our customers while enabling a more efficient operating environment for
our clients’ critical infrastructure,” said Michael Duckett, chief operations
officer, CyrusOne.

In addition to flexible configurations, CyrusOne’s custom racks and cabinets
offer airflow optimization. Equipment that has better airflow runs cooler and
consumes less power to support compute processing. Customers choosing only the
four-post rack to house servers achieve near 100 percent airflow, as there is
no restriction surrounding the equipment. For customers requiring additional
security, the doors designed for the front and back of the equipment deliver
80 percent airflow.

Aisle containment doors, developed by RackSolutions, are also available to
colocation customers at CyrusOne data center facilities. Designed to direct
airflow such that cold air is sent where it is needed to cool equipment and
hot air is directed away, aisle containment doors further drive efficiency for
the customer.

The custom rack and server solution that CyrusOne offers has shipping and
receiving cost benefits as well. CyrusOne has reduced shipping cost by six
times, which they are able to do by shipping the racks and cabinets flat on a
pallet for assembly at the final destination. This approach to server racks
and cabinets keeps down the cost and disposal of packing materials, which is
beneficial from an environmental perspective.

About RackSolutions, Inc.

The RackSolutions division of Innovation First was formed in 1999. Its ability
to quickly produce custom products to meet its customers’ data center,
computer server, and rack mounting needs is the primary reason it has earned a
reputation for being known as the “Rackmount Problem Solvers.” Working closely
with all leading OEMs, RackSolutions solves problems created by inconsistent
rack standards. Custom products and fast design-to-build times have become the
cornerstones of RackSolutions’ success. RackSolutions products consist of data
center racks, rails, shelves, KVMs, accessories, and a wide range of custom

About CyrusOne

CyrusOne specializes in enterprise data center colocation, offering the
highest power redundancy (2N architecture) and power-density infrastructure.
The company has facilities across the United States, London, and Singapore.
CyrusOne is renowned for exemplary customer service. The company’s customers
include more than 100 of the Fortune 1000 companies and nine of the Fortune
20. CyrusOne is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB).


RackSolutions, Inc.
Lindsey Carlin, 903-453-0858
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