Involta to Build Data Center in Independence

AKRON, Ohio – Involta LLC will expand its Ohio presence with a new multi-tenant data center in Independence.

Involta, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last year acquired the assets of Youngstown-based DRS LLC. The company’s Ohio footprint now includes data centers in Akron, Columbus and two facilities in Youngstown. Its assets include 13 data center facilities, over 5,500 fiber miles and nearly 200 employees, most of whom reside in Ohio.

Upon completion of the latest expansion, Involta’s capital investment in northeast Ohio will total nearly $55 million, according to a company news release. Involta announced the expansion of the Akron data center in March.

“The Ohio market continues to be an area of significant growth for our company,” said Bruce Lehrman, Involta founder and CEO. “Both our clientele and our workforce continue to grow to meet the needs of the information technology economy.”

To fulfill customer demand, Involta will build the  high-security, concurrently maintainable data center in Independence, which will house mission-critical computer systems and related services. The new facility will serve Involta clients in Akron, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and surrounding markets.

“By leveraging colocation and end-to-end managed service offerings, organizations gain flexibility, scalability and security, allowing them the ability to focus on priorities that differentiate their businesses,” Lehrman said.

A fiber ring will connect the Akron data center to the Independence center to allow clients to keep redundant production systems in a hot-hot configuration. The network solution has been designed to allow near real-time replication with sub-millisecond connectivity, officials said.

Pictured: Involta’s Akron data center.

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