NEC Corporation of North America (NEC), a leading technology provider, has selected the heavily secured underground western Pennsylvania data center of Iron Mountain, Inc. as the primary colocation provider for its cloud-based SAP HANA private cloud and operations services.
Iron Mountain’s facility, WPA-1, was chosen for its comprehensive compliance support, security, federal-ready services, energy efficiency, data center marketplace, and cloud services provider neutrality. Moreover, the location features compliance with Department of Homeland Security Level IV critical facility standards and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
In an exclusive statement to Homeland Security Today, vice president and general manager of Iron Mountain Government Services Michael Lewis said, “Our western Pennsylvania underground campus continues to attract world-class cloud and managed service providers that see the benefit of operating in a FISMA High data center.”
Lewis continued, “In addition, this facility meets the government’s latest policy standards for energy consumption and utilization, like those contained in EO [Executive Order] 13693.”
Iron Mountain, a leading storage and information management services provider, has recognized the need for federal cloud integration, and the need to appeal to their potential customer base. Lewis said, “The growth in Federal cloud adoption is driving increased demand for these types of services and we are pleased NEC has trusted Iron Mountain.”
SAP HANA is a platform designed to work through large amounts of data more quickly and efficiently than standard means of processing. The selection of Iron Mountain allowed NEC to take steps to gain SAP-Certified Provider status, which is only granted when SAP is able to validate means of service management, security directives, facilities protocol, operational capabilities, and personnel.
Taichiro Hashizawa, executive vice president of NEC, said Iron Mountain will serve as a solid foundation for SAP HANA.
“The audit process for SAP HANA certification is rigorous, and Iron Mountain was instrumental in our success,” said Hashizawa. “The level of physical site security, quality of service, customer support, and Iron Mountain’s heritage in managing confidential data, allows NEC to position our SAP Hosting solution as a new level of cloud service for SAP public sector clients deploying SAP HANA.”
With WPA-1 located more than 200 feet below Earth’s ground level, Iron Mountain’s data center offers long-term scalability and space. Moving forward, as both the public and private sector needs continue to change and development, the company’s data center services and location offer a reliable option for hosting critical IT infrastructure and applications.
“Iron Mountain is excited to welcome NEC’s SAP-Certified HANA cloud services offering to our Western Pennsylvania data center ecosystem,” said Mark Kidd, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Iron Mountain. “Our ‘Underground’ is the ideal place to grow this innovative offering and we look forward to supporting the NEC team as they continue to expand this offering.”