DataCenter Knowledge: TierPoint CEO Jerry Kent Talks Strategy

Originally published on DataCenterKnowledge.com by Bill Stoller on November 22, 2016

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DCK Exclusive: TierPoint CEO Jerry Kent Talks Strategy

St. Louis Missouri-based TierPoint is a privately held colocation, hybrid cloud and managed services provider focused on serving enterprise customers in US secondary markets.

TierPoint has continued to execute on an acquisition and organic growth strategy for more than a decade. The company now employs 850-plus associates who deliver services around the clock to over 5,000 customers nationwide.

In the past 12 months, the pace of acquisitions reached a crescendo with the $575 million acquisition of Windstream Hosted Solutions, and the Q1 2016 purchase of Midwest data center provider Cosentry, for an undisclosed sum. In December 2015, TierPoint entered the Chicago market to service an existing client with the acquisition of AlteredScale.

[Read more: How TierPoint Quietly Built a Data Center Empire in Secondary Markets]

In September, the company announced an investment of $20 million to develop a 16,000 square foot initial phase of a planned 90,000 square foot campus in Allen, Texas, to be built by Compass Data Centers. TierPoint has invested a total of $45 million this year in data center expansion projects, including an announcement last week of a $13 million expansion of its Baltimore and Marlborough (Boston Metro West) data centers.

National Footprint

TierPoint now operates a fleet of 39 data centers, totaling over 650,000 square feet, located in 20 US markets, spread across 18 states. Based on last quarter’s annualized run-rate, TierPoint now generates $370 million of revenue per year according to company management. Click here to read the full article, including an in-depth discussion with CEO Jerry Kent on TierPoint company culture, product enhancements and market opportunities.  

Thank You to the People Who Worked in Data Centers on Thanksgiving

By Brian Schwartz, TierPoint Content Team

Data center employees including network engineers and security personnel all across the United States gave up part of their Thanksgiving yesterday to protect Cloud and client infrastructure.  In fact, if you used the Internet during the holiday to share photos or contact family, a human somewhere likely was watching to make sure the network was performing correctly.

Thursday morning, I visited two TierPoint facilities near Boston to drop off goodies and show appreciation for those working.  At our Boston-Marlborough location, I was greeted by friendly security staff and spoke with the people managing and monitoring network activity.  Two clients were also in the building working on their own equipment.

When I suggested a move to the break room for cookies, one of the engineers declined politely saying, “Can’t leave because the monitoring never stops.”  The commitment in that comment struck me.

Thank you to all the people who delayed their holiday celebrations to serve clients.  We notice.

Hurricane Warning: Is Your Business Ready?

By Robert Lupo, GM, TierPoint Jacksonville Facility and Operations

Well, it’s that time of year again. No, not the Holiday Season.  It’s Hurricane Season.  It is of particular concern to businesses here in the Jacksonville area, but these storms can cause tragic circumstances across the Atlantic Seaboard and Gulf Coast states.   This time of year is a good reminder to make sure your business is prepared.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting this year will be a near normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.  This means the government agency is forecasting a 70% chance of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of these, 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

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