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Press Release -- February 7th, 2013
Source: Cobalt Data Centers
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Cobalt Data Centers Announces Grand Opening of First of Two Planned Data Centers in Las Vegas

High-Density Colocation with State-of-the-Art Design and Multi-Carrier Connectivity via LV-PIX

(Las Vegas) – Cobalt Data Centers announced today the commercial operation and grand opening of the first of two planned Tier 3-compliant data centers in Las Vegas. Cobalt’s first site on West Cheyenne Avenue is located just 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and 10 minutes from the Red Rock recreation area. The 34,000-squarefoot, 5.5 MW, state-of-the-art facility incorporates a high density and distributed power infrastructure that will meet the needs of the most demanding retail and wholesale data center users. Cobalt controls an additional site for large-scale deployment and wholesale operation at the Las Vegas “carrier row” on Sahara Avenue.

To mark the grand opening, Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony held a ribbon cutting ceremony and toured the center with other business leaders and Cobalt's principals, Mike Ballard, Joseph Gallagher, Russ Ketchum, Mark Hanson and Tom Harris. Cobalt’s executive team has a long legacy of data center design and development in Las Vegas and Silicon Valley, with members having held senior management positions with brands such as Marquisnet (now zColo), Exchange@200 Paul, Globix and others.

“Our data centers and Las Vegas Peering and Internet Exchange (“LV-PIX”), which provides superior fiber connectivity, will serve as fundamental infrastructure supporting the development of the growing technology industry in Las Vegas,” said Mike Ballard, who serves as chief executive officer of Cobalt Data Centers. “We are very excited to be a part of the city’s success and technology diversification. Our Cobalt Cheyenne site is a showcase for the industry on how data centers can be designed and operated in alignment with community interest and environmental stewardship.“

"Nevada is known for having an attractive tax environment, and Las Vegas is well protected from natural disasters,” added Everett Thompson, chief executive officer of Wired Real Estate Group Inc., the nation’s leading data center advisory firm and Cobalt strategic partner. “With multiple clients already installed within their first 30 days of operations, it’s apparent that the Las Vegas market was in need of a high-touch, alternative provider. With a large footprint of both retail and wholesale space, Cobalt is well positioned to become a national brand.”

Cobalt has already signed clients in gaming, health care, cloud computing and managed services, and they are seeing significant demand from Chicago, Texas, and California-based companies and those seeking to serve those markets. The firm is expecting to employ 20 people directly within its first year. Cobalt Data Centers has several unique features including a next generation, high availability design. Private offices, a lounge, a business center and even showers are available for client use. The electrical design is a modular, expandable, tri-redundant system providing 2(N+1).

Cobalt’s unique electrical system was designed by Harris Consulting Engineers and allows for multiple redundancies in all critical components. Tom Harris served as the lead engineer and is the only Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Design engineer in Nevada. The building's architect was Dan Ballard of Ethos Three Architecture, and the general contractor was Burke Construction Group, a 28-year-old, award-winning construction company in Las Vegas.

About Cobalt Data Centers

Cobalt Data Centers is a data center development and operating company based in Las Vegas. Cobalt Data Centers specializes in secure, high-density, network-rich collocation delivered with exceptional customer service. Las Vegas is known for having
an extremely low instance of natural catastrophes and extremely high connectivity. Cobalt’s executives are experienced in all aspects of data center construction and management. For more information, visit www.cobaltdatacenters.com.

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