Kane County Fiber Hosts Nov. 15 Energy Efficiency Program Seminar

Kane County Fiber Hosts Nov. 15 Energy Efficiency Program Seminar

Want to learn how your business, non-profit or government organization can power your technology while reducing energy costs?

A free Nov. 15 seminar will show you how to do exactly that.

Kane County Fiber is hosting the seminar, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Continuum data center located at 603 Discovery Drive, West Chicago. You can sign up at Eventbrite at here.

The program will look at how business, government and non-profit organizations can take advantage of the county’s fiber network and the Kane County IT Department’s colocating to a data center.

The program also will examine how to take advantage of the energy efficiency programs that ComEd has available to save organizations money on their energy bills.

About Closet-To-Colocation Data Centers

Many customers host their day-to-day IT operations on computers and servers housed on site in small data closets, but today there is another option: colocation. By moving IT equipment to data center colocation facilities, customers gain economies of scale, reduced energy use and lower energy cost.

Essentially, a colocation facility is a data center that rents space to businesses and organizations to house their servers and other computing hardware. Space is leased by the rack, cabinet, cage or room.

Colocation facilities are typically equipped with state-of-the-art cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security, which assures their customers that servers and data storage equipment will be housed in the optimum environment.

In the past, colocation facilities were used by private enterprises for disaster recovery. Today, they are an excellent option for primary data center operations and are especially popular with cloud service providers.

About Kane County Fiber

The Kane County Fiber Optic Network came about in 2011 through a partnership with the Transportation Division of the Kane County Traffic Management Network. This partnership helped the county reduce the cost of constructing the network and allowed valuable services to be offered to organizations throughout the county.

The fiber network was initially used to consolidate public safety and health information systems and county branch offices, connect schools, colleges, and universities to the internet, and provide other data services.

Working with data partners, Kane County has provided connectivity to its citizens and organizations. This allows them to transmit data in a reliable and cost-effective manner. By consolidating offices and reducing the amount of leased facilities from the communication carriers, the organizations utilizing the Kane County fiber network have received tremendous cost and service level benefits.

As the network has evolved and matured from its beginnings in 2011, additional fiber runs have been made to extend the reach of the network. The additional fiber runs throughout the county have helped increase the number of organizations that can take advantage of the network and provide connectivity to data centers on the network.

This connectivity allows organizations to take advantage of enhanced services provided by data centers such as cloud, co-location, data storage, HIPAA compliance, redundancy, and other services provided by data center providers.

SOURCE: New Continuum Data Centers news release