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Suffolk U Adds Data Colocation for Disaster Recovery

Boston's Suffolk University has entered a multi-year agreement for colocation of data to safeguard against disaster.

With both its production and disaster recovery data centers in one facility on campus, the 9,000-student university reevaluated its strategy early this year. As a result, Suffolk decided to partner with Iron Mountain, which is providing a purpose-built, off-premise data center with around-the-clock operations and security.

Iron Mountain's data center is certified Tier III and LEED Gold. In addition to colocation, the company provides customers "a suite of comprehensive services for the management of their data center colocation, including total network services, tape handling, infrastructure management, compliant IT asset tracking, disposition and more," according to a news release.

"We're proud to be local and industry leaders in terms of how we're approaching business continuity and disaster recovery. Too often, these mission critical functions are put on the backburner, but we've never been more aware of our need for IT strategies and resources to address them," said Tom Lynch, chief information officer at Suffolk University, in a prepared statement. "After evaluating our situation, we knew we needed to rethink our disaster recovery approach. It didn't make sense to have production and disaster recovery capabilities both located on our campus, and in Iron Mountain, we found a trusted, remote colocation partner with deep experience, which was important to our team."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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