Brown certainly is a hosting industry veteran. Most recently he served as Vice President of Sales for Savvis, the $1.5 billion cloud infrastructure and hosted technology services division of CenturyLink. Before joining Savvis, Brown was the Vice President of Sales for the Americas in VeriSign’s authentication solutions business unit. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions at Equinix, iPass and CompuServe. We’re wondering what all this personal experience will bring Cobalt Data Centers, as this data center brand is quite new in the co-location market.
Cobalt has ambitiously planned two Tier 3-compliant data centers at once in the Las Vegas area, with the first data center of 34,000 square foot opened last February.
The data center company claims it has already signed co-location clients in gaming, health care, cloud computing and managed services, and they would see 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.
“Attracting someone of Jeff’s caliber to Cobalt is enormous validation for our business model,” says Philip Lamb, Cobalt Board Member. “His experience and track record are exactly what Cobalt needs to ignite our growth and meet the growing demand for datacenter alternatives in Las Vegas. We wish Mike well in his future endeavors and look forward to helping Jeff build Cobalt into an industry leader.”
Jefferson S. Brown, the New President
In 2006, Brown also led a buyout of Equinix’s Honolulu datacenter business to form DRFortress, Hawaii’s premier colocation and cloud service provider. He served as the company’s original CEO, raising more than $15 million and building the foundation for the largest datacenter operator in the state today. Brown continues to serve on the company’s board of directors.
Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and graduated from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University with a Master of Business Administration degree. Brown also completed the Executive Program in Strategic Sales Management at the Chicago Booth School of Business.
Cobalt Data Centers positioned its first Tier 3-compliant data on West Cheyenne Avenue, located just 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and 10 minutes from the Red Rock recreation area. The 34,000-square- foot, 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.
The Cheyenne facility has 460 high density, energy-efficient cabinets available with N+2 redundancy and choice of more than ten major carriers, including AT&T, Centurylink, Cox, Hurricane Electric, Level 3, Telepacific, TW Telecom, Verizon, and XO, as well as wireless carriers for redundancy, including Airband and Telepacific.
To mark the grand opening of the Cheyenne data center, Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and toured the center with other business leaders and Cobalt’s principals. 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.