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Leading dedicated server hosting company finishes construction of its 2nd Chicago data center.

Chicago, IL (PRESS RELEASE) June 29, 2010 – Steadfast Networks, a leading Chicago based data center and dedicated server hosting provider, announced today the opening of its new Chicago data center, located at 725 S. Wells St. The new Steadfast Networks data center will accommodate the expanding demand for Chicago colocation services and Chicago web hosting services in a state-of-the-art data facility. The initial phase includes 6,000 sq. ft. of raised floor data center space and 750kW of power and is the first phase of a 4.5MW build-out at the location.

“Our goal at Steadfast Networks is to give you highly competitive pricing in downtown Chicago without cutting any corners on performance and quality,” says Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks. “We have the size and scale to easily deliver managed hosting services and colocation hosting services to small, medium, and enterprise businesses, but with a commitment to flexibility and the personal customer service often found in a small company.”

Chicago hosting services at Steadfast Networks meet the key parameters for operational sustainability – location, processes, and staffing. The new Steadfast Networks data center has a redundant dark fiber ring back to their original 10,000 sq. ft. location at 350 E Cermak Rd., the main telecommunications hub in Chicago, and 600 S. Federal St. allowing Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity between the sites at affordable rates. The site will serve as a center for Steadfast Networks colocation hosting, Linux dedicated servers, Windows dedicated servers, and managed virtual servers.

“Not only is Chicago a center for commerce and finance, it is a vital link to premium colocation web hosting in surrounding regions,” says Zimmerman. “As a leader in dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, virtual server hosting, and web hosting services, Steadfast Networks houses, transmits, and protects your essential data with the latest in data center security technology.”

In addition to providing web hosting and colocation services to Chicago-based businesses, the 725 S. Wells St. data center is a connection point for some of the largest IP carriers in the world including Level(3), AT&T, Verizon, Qwest, Abovenet, and Cogent. With its premier infrastructure and extensive data backup features, Steadfast Networks offers superior connection to metropolitan cities throughout the area with its web hosting and colocation web hosting services.

“Steadfast Networks Chicago data centers connect you to any provider in the buildings’ Meet Me Room (725 S Wells, 600 Federal, or 350 E Cermak), in Equinix Chicago, the Steadfast Financial Exchange, or the Chicago Internet Exchange with a wide array of connectivity options for T1, DS3, or Ethernet connectivity,” says Zimmerman. “The reliability of our infrastructure, our network, and our expert staff make Steadfast Networks a hosting provider our customers can depend on today and well into the future.”

For more information on Steadfast Networks’ new Chicago data center or to learn about Steadfast Networks dedicated server hosting, managed server hosting, and colocation hosting for your business, visit steadfast.net.

About Steadfast Networks

Established in 1998, Chicago based hosting company Steadfast Networks, delivers high quality, powerful servers through reliable dedicated server hosting, colocation server hosting, virtual private servers, shared web hosting, and dedicated game server hosting. Steadfast's award-winning services and dedicated support staff help customers from all over the world 24/7/365. Customers can choose basic hosting or a customized, fully managed dedicated server hosting solution.

To learn more about Steadfast Networks, visit http://steadfast.net/.

Chicago, IL (PRESS RELEASE) June 7, 2010 – Steadfast Networks, a leading Chicago based dedicated server hosting provider, announced today the opening of its newest data center in Manhattan, New York. With its recent acquisition of The New York NOC hosting company, Steadfast Networks is opening the Manhattan data center to provide highly flexible and affordable colocation and dedicated server services to Manhattan and surrounding areas.

“Manhattan is a major commercial and financial hub with a need for the highly available and scalable colocation hosting and dedicated server solutions we provide through the Steadfast Networks and The New York NOC brands,” says Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks. “The combination of The New York NOC with Steadfast Networks makes the Manhattan data center ideal for businesses serving New York and the northeast region.”

Steadfast Networks’ Manhattan data center, located at 121 Varick St., offers cross connection to any provider in the building's Meet Me Room and an array of options for T1, DS3, or ethernet connectivity. Customers may also employ ethernet service to connect to other buildings in New York, such as 60 Hudson and 111 8th. Additionally, Steadfast Networks has plans to consolidate facilities in North Bergen, New Jersey and Commack, New York for full colocation and dedicated server hosting services out of the Manhattan data center.

“As a carrier-neutral New York colocation meeting place, our customers have easy access to dozens of other carriers and networks to carry out specific network strategies,” said Zimmerman. “And our new Manhattan data center offers a 100% network uptime service level agreement (SLA) so your mission critical data and email service is always available.”

Steadfast Networks and The New York NOC provide transaction-intense commercial, financial, and gaming sectors with customized and affordable New York colocation and dedicated server hosting services. The global reach of Steadfast Networks’ Manhattan data center enables these businesses to provide fast, secure data transmissions for local, national, and international users.

“In addition to the 100% network uptime SLA, Steadfast Networks offers a 100% power uptime SLA and a hardware replacement SLA,” said Zimmerman. “Steadfast Networks’ internal network and infrastructure are fully redundant and these SLAs prove our confidence in the reliability of these systems for web hosting colocation and dedicated server services.”

With the Manhattan data center consolidating Steadfast Networks’ New Jersey and New York based colocation services and dedicated servers, New York and surrounding area customers now have flexible, reliable and affordable colocation services with full redundancy from one location. For more information about Steadfast Networks and The New York NOC data centers, or to learn more about Steadfast Network colocation hosting and dedicated server services, visit steadfast.net.

About The New York NOC
Established in 2003, The New York NOC Inc. is a full service New York hosting service provider located in Long Island, New York. The New York NOC maintains its own hardware and does not resell hosting services. A knowledgeable staff of Linux/BSD and Windows experienced technicians provides dedicated, colocation, and VPS hosting services to hundreds of websites ranging from personal hobby sites to fortune 500 corporate companies. The New York NOC has built a strong reputation on providing top web hosting services backed by the industry’s highest guarantees.

To learn more about The New York NOC, visit http://www.thenynoc.com.

About Steadfast Networks
Established in 1998, Chicago based hosting company Steadfast Networks, delivers high quality, powerful servers through reliable dedicated server hosting, colocation server hosting, virtual private servers, shared web hosting, and dedicated game server hosting. Steadfast's award-winning services and dedicated support staff help customers from all over the world 24/7/365. Customers can choose basic hosting or a customized, fully managed dedicated server hosting solution.

To learn more about Steadfast Networks, visit http://www.steadfast.net.

There is also some additional coverage at Data Center Knowledge.

Chicago, IL (PRESS RELEASE) June 10, 2010 – Steadfast Networks, a leading Chicago based data center and dedicated server hosting provider, announced today its acquisition of VPSSpeed, a VPS hosting company with a significant track record in providing superior customer service. Acquisition of VPSSpeed allows Steadfast Networks to continue its growth in the VPS hosting market.

“VPSSpeed has a proven track record of providing excellent customer service and innovative VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting services to customers around the world,” says Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks. “VPSSpeed was one of the first VPS providers to offer 100Mbit/s unmetered VPS hosting along with free Installatron and a custom VPS hosting control panel.”

VPSSpeed customers will continue to receive the high level of service they have been accustomed to at VPSSpeed. All accounts will be hosted on high end servers with RAID arrays in one of Steadfast Network’s fully redundant, self-managed network and data centers. Customer accounts will be hosted on the same OpenVZ, an open-source, container-based virtualization platform for Linux. And all applications will still work the same way.

“The only difference from this point forward is all VPSSpeed customers will be hosted on Steadfast Networks infrastructure as we will be offering VPSSpeed services out of our Chicago, IL and Manhattan, NY data centers,” said Zimmerman. “VPSSpeed customers will have direct access to a team of VPS hosting solutions experts in our fully redundant data centers 24-7-365.”

VPSSpeed shares Steadfast Networks’ commitment to energy efficiency. By consuming less power with low-energy processors and components, VPSSpeed and Steadfast Networks run highly efficient data centers with lower operating costs. The lower operational costs is one reason Steadfast Networks offers more competitive pricing for its VPS hosting plans and dedicated server hosting plans.

“VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting performance rely on quality IT infrastructure and expert IT support and staff, and VPSSpeed shares our commitment to creating an ideal data transfer environment for our customers,” said Zimmerman. “At Steadfast Networks we are pleased to welcome VPSSpeed to our team and offer reliable VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting.”

Steadfast Networks operates its own redundant network and data centers in Chicago and New York with 24-7-365 on-site staff. Because of this existing infrastructure, customer accounts will be migrated to Steadfast Networks Chicago and New York data centers. Customers based in Dallas will be moved to Chicago, while customers in Pennsylvania will be moved to New York. Steadfast Networks will begin migrating VPSSpeed customers in June. For more information about Steadfast Networks and VPSSpeed hosting solutions, visit steadfast.net.

About VPSSpeed

VPSSpeed was established in 2004 and quickly became a leading VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting company. VPSSpeed provides hosting services in Dallas, TX (Dallas Infomart) and Scranton, PA. These east coast and central locations offer excellent connectivity speeds across the world. Both data center locations provide multiple redundant network connections provided by multiple uplink providers. VPSSpeed’s network transit providers include Internap, Level3, Global Crossing, AboveNet, Cogent, Frontier, BTN / PCCW and XO. In 2009, VPSSpeed became one of the first VPS providers to offer 100Mbit/s unmetered VPS hosting. In early 2010, VPSSpeed launched free Installatron services along with an innovative, brand new VPS control panel.

To learn more about VPSSpeed, visit http://www.vpsspeed.com.

About Steadfast Networks

Established in 1998, Chicago based hosting company Steadfast Networks, delivers high quality, powerful servers through reliable dedicated server hosting, colocation server hosting, virtual private servers, shared web hosting, and dedicated game server hosting. Steadfast's award-winning services and dedicated support staff help customers from all over the world 24/7/365. Customers can choose basic hosting or a customized, fully managed dedicated server hosting solution.

To learn more about Steadfast Networks, visit http://www.steadfast.net.

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Steadfast Networks
312-602-2689
karl [at] steadfast.net

Now that we're sold out of the Atom 330's and have had enough time to test the Atom D510 systems, they're now our standard Atom offering. This will provide our customers with a greener and more efficient solution, with improved performance and features, at the same $99.95 a month price. With the Atom D510, all of the new systems we purchase now come with IPMI. IPMI gives you complete control of your systems, as if you were local to the system. It allows you to use remote/virtual media, reboot the system, view the boot-up process, run manual fsck, boot into a different kernel if your current kernel is freezing up, etc.

We can absorb the added cost of IPMI at this price point because of the significant power usage reduction in the new platform. Even though performance is roughly 5% better than the old line of Atoms, the power usage is cut nearly in half. The new Atoms allow us to run servers at full load while only using ~35 watts of power, making these an extremely "green" solution.

You can order these new Atom servers for only $99.95 a month here: http://steadfast.net/services/dedicated.basic.php

The interior of our new data center at 725 S Wells is now complete. We have some external things to complete yet, chiller and generator turn-up/testing, UPS testing, finishing the redundant dark fiber links, etc. The plan is to be live June 1 and we will, of course, be getting the network equipment and offices setup before then.

You can see some of the base details for the space, as well as how far we've come on this project, by looking at the initial in-depth report and pictures: http://steadfast.net/blog/index.php/2009/10/29/new-data-center-construction-update-october-29

I have a couple notes as well.
1) This has been complete for about a week and a half now, hence the reason there have been no construction updates.

2) We could not take pictures in the UPS room or the mechanical room yet as the epoxy on the floors is still drying, we'll hopefully have those soon.

3) We do not yet have pictures of the roof, as metal work is still being done, making it a bit unsafe.

Other than that, here are the pictures (click to see a larger version), and if you have any questions, certainly feel free to ask!

This first picture is of the kitchen area of the break room, complete with microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, sink and cabinets.

Here is a view from the other side of the break area, you can see the kitchen area to the back left.

This is our new office space on the 8th floor. You can see the nice big windows, to let in a lot of natural light and in the back are the stairs up to the raised floor data center.

Then here is a view the other way, with the conference room door along the back wall and the door to the "man trap" to the right of that, with a window looking into the data center next to that.

Now, to the exciting stuff, the data center, though we'll start with the IDF room, where all the cross connects and connections to other floors/carriers will be, along with our core networking equipment.

OK, now here is the open data center floor, "man trap" and entry ramp are to the left. You can see the basket rack and busway mounted above. The cold aisle will of course be where the perforated tiles are, and in the hot aisles there are vents in the drop ceiling to pull the hot air back to the HVAC units.

Talking about HVAC units, here are the guts of one of the 4 70 ton HVAC units. To note, this cooling is also supplemented by an air side economizer to pull in cool outside air when possible, improving overall performance and efficiency.

Here is a view of the wall you can't see from the first picture. You can see one of the three PDU units that is feeding the busway and one of the humidification units. As you can see, the cabling/wiring is done through the floors, walls, and ceilings, to keep the data center itself extremely neat and clean.

Those are just a handful of the pictures. You can browse through the rest of the pictures here: http://steadfast.net/images/725wells/complete/

Again, if you have any questions regarding the facility itself, availability, etc. please contact us!

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