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Press Release -- March 13th, 2012
Source: IO

Cox Business and IO Partner to Provide Disaster Recovery Solution for International Genomics Consortium

Helps cancer research organization seek major new contracts

PHOENIX, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Cox Business, IO’s Phoenix data center and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) are collaborating to strengthen the cancer research organization’s information security through a direct Cox Business fiber link between IGC’s Phoenix headquarters and IO’s Phoenix data center. The Cox Business Metro Ethernet connection serves as disaster recovery/backup network connecting IGC to IO.

Having a deeper level of disaster recovery is essential to IGC as it seeks major new national scientific research contracts such as the major award it won from the National Cancer Institute. It provides for two key components in The Cancer Genome Atlas project (TCGA), collecting much of the tissue and data as a Tissue Source Site network and processing this as a Biospecimen Core Resource.

IGC oversees a large network of hospitals around the country that provides cancer tissue samples for analysis in TCGA. IGC also serves as a central laboratory and biobank for the project.

“IGC’s new disaster recovery network will make us more appealing to national agencies when applying for federal research contracts,” said David Neal, IGC’s chief financial officer. “Cox Business and IO have the technical expertise we required to expand our own security standards as well as to provide assurance to the government and other research partners that data and services remain secure and operational at all times. The quality of service available with Cox Business and IO is unparalleled.”

“Cox Business is dedicated to providing new layers of connectivity and security options for growing enterprises like IGC and is proud to know that our network is helping the organization advance its mission of fighting cancer and complex diseases,” said Hyman Sukiennik, vice president of Cox Business.

IO’s state-of-the-art environment ensures mission-critical IT systems and applications are always secure, connected and available 24x7xForever. IO was awarded The Uptime Institute’s Tier III Certification for Design Documents for their Phoenix data center. This data center is the largest commercially available data center in the United States to achieve Tier III design certification from the Uptime Institute.

About Cox Business

Cox Business provides voice, Internet, data and video services for nearly 250,000 small and regional businesses, including health care providers, K-12 and higher education, financial institutions and federal, state and local government organizations. According to Vertical Systems Group, Cox Business is one of the largest providers of business Ethernet services in the U.S. based on customer ports. Cox is the currently the seventh largest voice service provider in the U.S. and supports more than 650,000 business phone lines. For more information about Cox Business, visit or call 623-249-5807 or 520-393-3181.

About IGC

The International Genomics Consortium (IGC) is a non-profit medical research organization established to expand upon the discoveries of the Human Genome Project and other systematic sequencing efforts by combining world-class genomic research, bioinformatics, and diagnostic technologies in the fight against cancer and other complex genetic diseases. IGC serves numerous common, unmet needs including: the standardization of the collection of properly consented tissues of interest, the molecular characterization of these tissues, and standardization in the representation and analysis of these results. IGC participates in the translation of genomic discoveries to improve patient care and increase the speed in which new diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive testing, and their associated new drug and treatment regimens are developed. For more information, visit


IO designs, engineers and delivers data center infrastructure for the world’s largest enterprises, governments and service providers. IO owns and operates data centers for hundreds of customers, and leveraged this experience to build a next-generation Data Center 2.0 technology platform. IO.Anywhere modular data centers provide enterprise-class infrastructure that can be delivered as Data Center as a Service and rapidly deployed as a product to customer sites anywhere in the world. IO developed the first data center infrastructure operating system, IO.OS, to provide the intelligent control needed to maximize utilization, resiliency and energy efficiency. IO is a privately held company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on IO, please visit us on the web at

CONTACT: David Weissman, Cox Business (480) 317-6072
Rachael Myer, IGC (602) 850-7041
Elizabeth Kubycheck, IO (630) 823-6665


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