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An Interview with Stacy England, Data Holdings V.P. Operations ‘From Support to Design to Architecture, Data Holdings Network of Technology Professionals can Handle any Size Job’


“Data Holdings facility is designed to meet the individual and varied needs of each customer – from SMB’ to financial services to Fortune 500 companies, to casinos.”

Modern technology is giving us unprecedented capabilities to attain what was previously deemed impossible. If you can imagine it, there’s probably an app that works it out.

Similarly, applications need to evolve, and businesses need to modernize as customers grow in sophistication and embrace digital technologies, but new innovative capabilities also mean that workloads are getting more data-intensive.

For businesses seeking to manage these exponentially increasing workloads, it all starts with the data center. It has a crucial role to play in any business that has a robust digital transformation strategy.

In view of the above-mentioned scenario, we’re thrilled to present Data Holdings (DH).

Founded by the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation (PBDC) in 2013, DH has established itself as one of the nation’s premier data centers. With a Tier III+ infrastructure and a national footprint, DH offers a full suite of services to organizations looking for the best possible partner in the industry.

Stacy England, Data Holdings V.P. Operations, spoke exclusively to The Silicon Review. Below is an excerpt.

Tell us about Data Holdings.

Data Holdings operates Wisconsin’s premier commercial data center. Centrally located in Milwaukee and with a LEED Gold design, DH has architected colocation, cloud and web hosting solutions in a facility that meets or exceeds nearly every industry standard. From Small Businesses tofinancial services to the Fortune 500 and casinos, DH can meet even the strictest hosting requirements.

What are services Data Holdings offer?

Data Holdings offers a full suite of I.T. services, along with a World Class Data Center to host all size customers and applications:

Power and Cooling:

The DH data center was purpose-built with a focus on efficiency. The facility features:

  • High-density power for critical load – twin 8.6Megawatt power feeds active 100% of the time
  • 2N+1 power redundancy, N+1 redundancy for cooling
  • Rack power density up to 30kW per cabinet
  • 28 Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) rating
  • Custom configurations for power, cabinets, suites, cages, networks, and applications

By leveraging the latest in power and cooling technologies, DH enables its clients to operate efficiently and with lower cost than competing facilities. We offer customers the lowest power cost of any data center in Wisconsin.

Security & Compliance:

By leveraging the latest in power and cooling technologies, DH enables its clients to operate efficiently and with lower cost than competing facilities.

Keep your data and hardware secure with enterprise-class physical security and industry-leading compliances, including:

  • 24x7 staffed NOC
  • Gated perimeter
  • Multiple levels of authorization for access, including biometric scans
  • HIPAA and PCI-DSS compliant
  • SSAE-16 audited
  • DH’s facility security can meet the strictest of industry standards and ensure your data is protected

Custom Solutions:

  • Cybersecurity– Serving Fortune 500 companies as well as SMB and government, DH can meet the most demanding security requirements and regulatory mandates
  • Life Cycle IT– From support to design to architecture, the DH network of technology professionals can handle any size job
  • Disaster Recovery– Strategically located 93 miles from Chicago, DH ensures your data has redundant infrastructure support, scheduled backups, and a solid plan in place to protect your business from disaster
  • Business Continuity Planning– Whether your hosted environment is your base of operations or integrated into your solution, DH will keep your critical data available and high-performing in an ever-changing space
  • Fiber– With DH’s network, your business is connected via dark fiber to one of the largest fiber hotels in the Midwest

Carrier Neutrality

The facility is carrier neutral and we can support almost any carrier of your preference for your connection needs. We can enable fiber, copper and dark or lit services with 100 percent diverse redundancy from 350 Cermak in Chicago.

Current carriers:

  • AT&T – Fiber and copper services
  • Level 3 – Fiber and copper services
  • TW Telecom (TWT) – Fiber Services
  • Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWC) – Fiber services
  • Midwest Fiber Networks (MFN) – Fiber services
  • Wisconsin Independent Network (WIN) – Fiber services
  • Ethoplex – Microwave services
  • Business Only Broadband – Microwave services
  • Windstream

Stable Location:

Milwaukee, WI, enjoys a stable environment and economy. The data center is located 93 miles from Chicago in an area that experiences little to no seismic activity, flooding, or extreme temperatures. Compared to other cities of its size, Milwaukee has demonstrated remarkable stability through economic recent downturns and continually attracts global businesses to establish headquarters here.

Stacy England: A Brief Background

Mr. England brings 25+ years of experience in the information technology, critical facilities, construction, operations, infrastructure, and management arenas.

Stacy is passionately involved in all aspects of the business including operations of multiple data centers, compliance with SSAE 16 controls, PCI, HIPAA-Hitech, providing pre and post-sales direction and support, working closely with customers, business partners and the executive team on executing all aspects of operations, technical, and business initiatives.

Data Holdings has grown from concept to one of the largest data center providers in the state of Wisconsin in under 6 years.

"By leveraging the latest in power and cooling technologies, Data Holdings enables its clients to operate efficiently and with lower cost than competing facilities.”