Integral Solutions Group to Expand Spartanburg Data Center
By Trevor Anderson
Published: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 7:25 p.m.
Integral Solutions Group announced Friday it will expand its Data and Business Continuity Center in northern Spartanburg County.
The move isn’t expected to create any new jobs, though officials hope the news will lead to a lasting positive impact on the local economy.
The company opened the 20,000-square-foot center off North Blackstock Road in 2010. It is designated as a Tier IV center, the highest certification under a global standard that measures a data center’s capacity, security and infrastructure.
“Because of customer demand in recent years, we are beginning a major expansion project to accommodate additional customers in our Tier IV Data Center,” Joe Strayer, senior vice president and general manager of Integral Solutions Group, said in a statement.
Integral Solutions Group is a division of Spartanburg-based J M Smith Corp., South Carolina’s third-largest privately owned company. The business established the multi-million dollar center to be the hub for its information technology services.
The company said the suite of IT services is monitored 24 hours per day, seven days a week from the center. The center is designed to operate even during a natural disaster.
Integral Solutions Group said the expansion will increase the center’s cabinet and colocation space by more than 20 percent.
Carter Smith, executive vice president of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Futures Group, said the data center “often” comes up in conversations with a wide range of companies seeking to set up operations in Spartanburg.
“It really gives us something unique here,” Smith said. “It is my understanding that not many of these facilities exist across the country. This demonstrates that we can provide companies the most secure, high-tech system available and that we have the ability to offer cutting-edge connectivity to the world…it definitely comes into play.”
Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said the center has also helped local companies with installing advanced machinery or systems.
“It says not only to South Carolina and the Southeast, but to the world that we mean business and our people know how to operate the most sophisticated equipment and systems in the world,” Britt said. “You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley. We have what you need right here.”
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