Hybrid colocation and mega-scale data center solutions provider QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), has signed an agreement to deploy a new disaster recovery (DR) solution for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (the Airports Authority).
The Airports Authority operates Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, as well as the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road and is constructing the Silver Line Metrorail project in northern Virginia.
Upon the decision to outsource its data center disaster recovery solution, the Airports Authority needed to develop solicitation requirements to meet certain levels of security and compliance. This included a requirement for the data center to be more than 50 miles but less than 150 miles away from an identified location in Northern Virginia.
“Given the scope of the Airports Authority’s IT infrastructure needs, and the level of security required, we were able to offer a variety of data center options that specialize in hybrid colocation delivering unprecedented levels of compliance, visibility, access, and control for a software-defined data center experience,” said Clint Heiden, Chief Revenue Officer, QTS.
Following a public procurement process, the Airports Authority selected QTS and its Richmond mega data center to deliver the “low latency,” geographically dispersed solution to centralize and consolidate the Airports Authority’s previous disaster recovery infrastructure and data centers.
QTS Richmond is a 1.3 million square foot mega data center optimized for hyperscale and hybrid colocation. The facility sits on a 210-acre data center campus and features direct connectivity to Ashburn, Virginia. and the world’s largest cloud providers, as well as access to more than 500 carriers globally.
This Ashburn-based data center campus would allow the Airports Authority to meet physical controls for compliance for sensitive applications such as PCI compliance for credit card payments, as well as compliance with the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) that leverages big data as part of background checks on employees.
The new DR solution is built upon QTS‘ hybrid colocation data center architecture that would provide flexible software-deﬁned control, real-time analytics and visibility, and access to public and private cloud ecosystems, when necessary.