Systems Opens Two Data Centers
Web integrator targets managed services
May 30, 2001 -- Systems integrator Solid Systems Inc. said
this week that it has entered the data center business with the
opening of facilities in Houston, Texas and Baton Rouge, La.
Solid Systems, an 18-year veteran of the computer systems integration
business, will use the two facilities to offer managed services
to a regional client base. The company said it intends to build
a "series of facilities" in the Southeast.
illustrated the growing attraction of managed Internet services
as a profit engine.
1983, we have built a reputation of reliability among our hundreds
of systems integration customers by providing the highest quality
service,'' said Ken Cruise, co-founder and chairman of Solid Systems
Inc. "We saw an opportunity to transfer that specialized
skill set and service ethic to the managed services space.
learned that many of our customers were evaluating opportunities
to control costs while maintaining efficiencies," Cruise
added. "Our data center represents a tremendous advantage
for companies affected by the current economy.''
2000, Solid Systems raised $20 million in equity financing from
BancBoston Capital and Alta Communications to build the Houston
and Baton Rouge data centers.
data center has seven customers, GrandBasin and Network Oil. The
Baton Rouge data center, housed in the Louisiana Technology Park,
is a collaboration of Solid Systems, the Research Park Corporation,
the ECOstructure, an alliance comprised of EMC, Cisco and Oracle,
and the State of Louisiana.
the Louisiana State Legislature approved a capital outlay allocation
of $2.75 million as the first of a multi-year financial commitment
for the Louisiana Technology Park project.
a systems integrator, we know there is a great deal involved in
protecting a company's data,'' said Cruise. "We offer a cost
effective alternative to expanding their in-house data centers,
while keeping their servers nearby and providing a suite of managed
in Houston, Solid Systems
has offices in Austin, Dallas, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.