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Press Release -- August 28th, 2012
Source: Cobalt Data Centers

Cobalt Data Centers Announces State-of-the-Art Data Center

New Facility Features the Highest Reliability, Maintainability, and System Flexibility

Las Vegas, August 28, 2012 – Cobalt Data Centers has begun construction on their Cobalt Cheyenne Data Center. This new multi-tenant Tier 3-compliant data center boasts system + system redundancy in the state-of-the-art 5.5 megawatt, 34,000 square-foot facility and is scheduled for completion in late November 2012.

“This facility is designed to handle the most complex, power-hungry applications in a highly energy efficient manner,” said Mike Ballard, CEO of Cobalt Data Centers. “Our customers’ equipment will be colocated in a facility that combines the significant network connectivity of the area with robust power capability to keep its customers online and secure.”

“We are also excited to be able to help the state in its economic diversification efforts,” said Ballard. “When the state began targeting data centers for economic development, our team came together to build data centers that provide colocation services, high performance network connectivity and disaster recovery services in Nevada.”

The Cobalt Cheyenne Data Center will have 500 cabinets and support up to 600 watts per s.f. in the critical space of the facility. The electrical design is a modular, expandable, tri-redundant system providing 2(N+1). The facility will be served by 5,500 KVA from NV energy and 9,400 KVA provided by six backup generators.

The system was designed by Harris Consulting Engineers and allows for multiple redundancies in all critical components. Tom Harris, P.E. served as the lead engineer and is the only Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Design engineer in Nevada. The Architect is Dan Ballard of Ethos Three architecture.

The General Contractor for the facility is Burke Construction Group, an award winning, 28 year old construction company headquartered in Las Vegas with licenses to operate in 22 states.

“Burke is proud to be constructing this state-of-the-art facility,” said Burke Construction Group President & CEO, Kevin Burke. “Mike Ballard and the Cobalt Data Center team are well known for their business acumen and unparalleled commitment to customer support.”

The Las Vegas location of Cobalt Cheyenne gives it access to extremely high fiber connectivity. Customers will have their choice of more than 12 major national and local
carriers to provide their data transport needs. The facility will be equipped with the latest in camera surveillance technology, an access control system with state-of-the-art biometric security scanners, and will have 24/7 on-site staff to provide additional security for the data center.

Cobalt’s Las Vegas location has extremely low instances of natural disasters. The Cobalt Cheyenne data center will be well suited for disaster recovery and business continuity services.

Cobalt is led by CEO Mike Ballard, who has significant entrepreneurial and technology experience, recently as COO of Systems Research & Development (which subsequently
sold to IBM), then as managing member and CFO for Switch Communications Group and then as CEO of 1Velocity (which sold in May 2011 to Towerstream).

Other executive members of Cobalt Data Centers include Russ Ketchum, formerly with Allegiant Airlines and Four Seasons Resorts; Paul Reynosa, formerly with MarquisNet, another successful local data center operator; and Joseph Gallagher, formerly with Marnell Companies and Station Casinos.

About Cobalt Data Centers

Cobalt Data Centers is a data center development and operating company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cobalt Data Centers specializes in secure, high-density, network-rich colocation delivered with exceptional customer service. The planned Cobalt Las Vegas data centers are also centrally located in a city and region known for having an extremely low instance of natural catastrophes and extremely high connectivity. Its executives are experienced in all aspects of data center construction and management.
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