Data center colocation provider DC BLOX has been awarded a contract by the City of Birmingham, Alabama. From its Birmingham location, DC BLOX will provide colocation space, power and network connectivity in support of the City’s digital transformation, business continuity and disaster recovery (DR) plans.
The IT systems supporting the City of Birmingham’s Software Development, Operations, Telecommunications, and IT Governance services were housed in an on-premises location in Birmingham’s City Hall. The building, built in 1950, was unable to be retrofitted to meet expanded IT requirements.
In addition, the City of Birmingham plans to modernize its technology to meet evolving demands and enhancing service delivery for its residents. It has plans to digitize many of its existing information systems and processes.
As the partner chosen to meet the City’s digital transformation and business continuity goals, DC BLOX was selected for its “secure, reliable Tier III-designed data center and its robust connectivity ecosystem.”
“The City of Birmingham is fortunate to now have a state-of-the-art data center with rich connectivity here in the heart of our City’s corporate and innovation centers,” said Patrick McLendon, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the City of Birmingham. “A local Tier III data center with reliable connections to our existing facilities moves us a huge step forward in meeting our City’s IT goals. With DC BLOX as a strategic partner, we can accelerate our plans to digitize the City’s systems, improve the reliability of our services and enhance the customer experience for our citizens. The move also saves the city money by avoiding an expensive rebuild of our existing site and leveraging DC BLOX’s economy of scale.”
Private Connectivity Ecosystem
This DC BLOX Birmingham facility is a purpose-built data center that can provide colocation for up to 60MW. It is a Tier III colocation data center certified by The Uptime Institute. It features a concurrently maintainable design, ensuring uninterrupted service through backup power generation in the event of the loss of utility power.
DC BLOX’s Birmingham facility empowers interconnection to customers’ on-premises data centers, disaster recovery (DR) locations and DC BLOX sites via a private connectivity ecosystem. The DC BLOX network also interconnects with Internet Exchanges in Atlanta and Montgomery and offers private line access to all major public cloud providers.
DC BLOX’s connectivity services will deliver Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) and 10Gb Ethernet Private Lines between sites. These sites include the City Hall, a disaster recovery site at an undisclosed location and the DC BLOX Birmingham data center, where the City has 32kW of colocation space and power. With a private, high-speed, carrier-grade network fabric connecting all its data centers, DC BLOX would be capable of serving as the core of Birmingham’s digital infrastructure.
“DC BLOX is very pleased to serve the City of Birmingham and its citizens by housing its core IT infrastructure in our Birmingham data center and by enabling a reliable disaster recovery plan,” said Jeff Uphues, CEO of DC BLOX. “Ever since considering Birmingham as the location for our newest data center, Mayor Woodfin and the City Council have been very supportive of our plans and efforts. So, DC BLOX is especially proud to now serve the City by enhancing the reliability, efficiency and security of the technology that Birmingham runs on.”