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Press Release -- January 30th, 2013
Source: QTS

Blanking Panel Program Improves Energy Efficiency for QTS Customers

Data center and cloud provider rolls out successful pilot program at no charge to customers

OVERLAND PARK, KAN (January 30, 2013) – QTS (Quality Technology Services) today announced that it has purchased more than 60,000 tool-less, blanking panels that it will install at no charge for all of its customers. The installation follows a successful pilot program in the company’s Miami data center.

Blanking Plates installed at QTS MiamiBlanking panels ensure efficient air circulation by attaching to server racks and guiding air directly to infrastructures in need of cooling. The panels improve energy efficiency but are not always used by multi-tenant data center customers in a shared resource environment due to the high cost. By providing panels and installation at no charge to its customers, QTS ensures its facilities are held to green energy standards while improving temperature control.

“We’re pleased with the QTS blanking panel program, which not only saves energy in the data center, but has been good for our infrastructure,” said Brad Koester, IT director, Information Technology Infrastructure & Governance – Republic Metals Corporation, QTS customer. “The on-board sensors in our servers and storage indicate that the temperatures are more consistent with the panels.”

“The blanking panel initiative has enhanced our running dialogue on sustainability with our customers,” said Sukrit Sehgal, director of sustainability – QTS. “We’re looking forward to matching the success of the program in Miami across our entire customer base in our data centers nationwide.”

QTS worked closely with its vendor to develop a tool-less, recyclable steel blanking panel. “We knew some of our customers would prefer to self-install the blanking panels in their environments,” said Brian Johnston, chief technology officer – QTS. “In working with our vendor, we were able to develop a blanking panel that was not only environmentally friendly, but also fast and easy to install.”

The addition of blanking panels in QTS data centers nationwide continues the company’s ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency. In 2012 QTS announced LEED Gold certification of Data Center 1 at its Richmond Data Center and Phase II at the company’s Atlanta Metro facility. Since 2011, QTS has recycled more than six million pounds of materials from its data centers, including copper, aluminum, steel, plastic and concrete, and continues its $10 million multi-year energy efficiency investment.

About QTS

QTS (Quality Technology Services) is a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services for enterprise businesses. The company offers a complete, unique portfolio of core data center services, including custom data center, colocation and cloud services, providing the flexibility, scale and security needed to support the rapidly evolving infrastructure demands of web and IT applications. QTS owns, operates and manages over 3 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art data center infrastructure and supports more than 800 customers. For more information about QTS, please visit or call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

Caitlin Crowley
communications 21 for QTS

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