Posts Tagged ‘data center; colocation; ssae-16’

360TCS AND SUNESYS PARTNER TO PROVIDE END USERS WITH NETWORK CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS

July 14, 2014

LOMBARD, IL JULY 15, 2014 – 360 TCS, LLC (360TCS), a premier provider of colocation and data center services in the greater Chicago area, announced today the establishment of increased capacity for connectivity solutions within their Lombard, IL data center via an enhanced partnership with Sunesys, LLC. A leading provider of premium bandwidth services and private fiber optic networks, Sunesys, has expanded their presence in the 360TCS data center, which will serve as a primary client access point as Sunesys continues to extend their high-density fiber optic network across the Chicago Metropolitan area.

In 2013, 360TCS worked with Sunesys to establish a fully redundant, dark fiber ring with multiple nodes in Chicago, providing 360TCS with the ability to offer low-cost, 100% available private data circuits to their data center clients. “With many of our clients needing connectivity between their primary locations in downtown Chicago and our data center in the suburbs, Sunesys has provided us with the capability to provide those point-to-point data circuits in a diverse configuration at a cost effective price point,” said Don Welbourn, Director of Sales/Account Relations with 360TCS. Don added, “With Sunesys expanding their presence in our data center and across the Chicago area, we are excited to offer similar low-cost, highly available service to suburban-based enterprises as well.”

Dave Cushing, Director of Business Development-Chicago Market at Sunesys stated, “We are excited about the opportunities our increased presence in the 360TCS data center provides. Clients requiring access to our network will not only be able use 360TCS as an access point but can also leverage their colocation services.”

About Sunesys, LLC
Sunesys is a leading provider of premium bandwidth services and private fiber optic networks. We own, operate, and maintain our own high density fiber optic network in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Sunesys offers a comprehensive suite of tailored, high capacity, facilities-based network services coupled with superior industry expertise, service, and support. Sunesys provides telecommunications services and private fiber optic networks in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, Florida and California.

Sunesys is a subsidiary of Quanta Services, Inc. (NYSE: PWR). Quanta Services safely provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for comprehensive infrastructure needs in the electric power and oil and natural gas industries and is the premier provider in the industries it serves. For more information or to be contacted about Sunesys services, please visit http://www.sunesys.com

About 360 TCS, LLC
360TCS is a Disaster Recovery and Colocation facility in the Chicago suburbs. 360TCS offers a unique blend of extreme power density, redundancy, and diverse connectivity conveniently located in Lombard, IL. For more information visit http://www.360TCS.com .

Media Contact:
Don Welbourn
312.907.5241
dwelbourn@360TCS.com

The Proof is in the Pudding – 360TCS Logs 45th Consecutive Month of 100% Uptime

June 29, 2012

As the end of June 2012 approaches and the 360TCS Team proudly adds number 45 to our spotless track record of consecutive months without an outage, a saying used frequently by my dear, departed Grandfather comes to mind.

“The proof is in the pudding” is a popular figure of speech meaning “the quality, effectiveness or truth of something can only be judged by putting it into action or to its intended use.”  The phrase we have all heard is actually a modified version of the original phrase, which was “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” A dish may have been made from a good recipe with fresh ingredients and look delicious, but you can really only judge it by putting it in your mouth. The actual taste is the only true criterion of success.

How does this relate to colocation?

Being in a client facing role, I spend a great deal of time providing prospective clients with tours of our facility during which I talk extensively about concurrently maintainable systems,  N+1 / 2N redundancies and physical security. I mention how our self-healing fiber ring with nodes in the most important Telco Hotels in the Midwest provides us with the ability cross connect to over 200 different carriers. I point out that we have successfully completed a third party SSAE-16 Type II audit and that we monitor and control over 100,000 different data points with our DCIM software, etc. etc…. I could go on and on, and many times I do.

My goal is to demonstrate to potential end users that we have deployed the proper infrastructure to support their mission critical compute environments. We stress attention to detail and perform the rigorous testing and preventative maintenance required to achieve the level of service an enterprise level client base demands. 

Clients interested in colocation in the Chicago area have many options. Whether that Data Center is large or small, most will show well, and many will claim similar levels of redundancy within their infrastructure. So how does a client determine which provider is the right choice? 

I come back to “The proof is in the pudding.”  Ask about up-time, ask to talk to existing clients with similar services. If a provider is hesitant to provide documentation or is reluctant to provide references it may be a red flag.  At 360TCS we are happy to provide both.

If you’d like to experience the peace of mind that all 360TCS clients enjoy or if you’d simply like a private tour of a truly advanced facility, contact me directly.

Don Welbourn

dwelbourn@360tcs.com – 312-884-3988

360TCS Completes Examination in Conformity with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization

July 25, 2011

LOMBARD, IL, July 7th, 2011— 360 Technology Center Solutions, also known as 360TCS, a premium provider of high density colocation and data center services based in suburban Chicago, today announced that it has recently completed its examination in conformity with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization for the period November 1st, 2011 through May 31st , 2011 that was performed by an independent accounting and auditing firm.

Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, was issued by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in April 2010. SSAE 16 effectively replaces SAS 70 as the standard for reporting on service organizations with an effective date of June 15, 2011. SSAE 16 was drafted and issued with the intention and purpose of updating the US service organization reporting standard so that it mirrors and complies with the new international service organization reporting standard – ISAE 3402. – i

Completion of the SSAE 16 Type II examination indicates that 360TCS’ processes, procedures and controls have been formally evaluated and tested by an independent accounting and auditing firm. The examination included the company’s controls related to: Environmental Control, Environmental Security, Network Monitoring and Physical Security.

SSAE 16 is designated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an acceptable method for a user entity’s management to obtain assurance about service organization internal controls without conducting additional assessments. In addition, the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 make SSAE 16 reports even more important to the process of reporting on effective internal controls by public companies.  – ii

A SSAE 16 examination is widely recognized, because it represents that a service organization has been through an evaluation of their control activities as they relate to an audit of the financial statements of its customers. A Type II report not only includes the service organization’s system description, but also includes detailed testing of the design and operating effectiveness of the service organization’s controls.

“360TCS is 100% committed to providing clients with the service and reliability required to support their Mission Critical compute environments,” states Don Welbourn, Director of Sales and Account Relations at 360TCS, “by successfully completing a SSAE-16 Type II examination, we are able to formally document and test the processes, controls and attention to detail that have allowed 360TCS to achieve 100% uptime since the commissioning of our facility in the Fall of 2008.”

About 360TCS, LLC
360TCS, LLC is a leading provider of high density colocation and data center services based in Lombard, IL. 360TCS provides a level service to an enterprise client base that is simply unattainable from other providers. The capability to deliver and effectively cool over 40kW per cabinet makes 360TCS one of a handful of facilities that are ideal for supporting the cutting edge of today’s technology including power hungry blade servers, storage arrays and cloud computing clusters. For more information about 360TCS, LLC, please visit: http://www.360tcs.com

i – www.aicpa.org “American Institute of Certified Public Accountants” http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/FRC/AssuranceAdvisoryServices/Pages/SORHome.aspx

ii – www.pcaobus.org “Public Company Accounting Oversight Board” http://pcaobus.org/Standards/Auditing/Pages/Auditing_Standard_5_Appendix_B.aspx#useofserviceorganizations