Indianapolis-based Lifeline Data Centers LLC has revealed the location of a $15 million operation in Fort Wayne. The company has closed on the purchase of a former Target store and expects to have the first phase of construction complete by the end of next year. Co-owner Alex Carroll tells Inside INdiana Business the center could employ 10 workers when it is complete in seven-eight years.

He says a data center will typically serve businesses within a 100-mile radius, so it will benefit companies in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

When details of the operation were released in April, the company said the Tier-4 facility will be “an economic driver for northeast Indiana.”

News Release

Originally Posted April 1, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A huge new data co-location center in the Fort Wayne area will be an economic driver for northeast Indiana. The new Lifeline Data Center, expected to open later this year, will be rated as a Tier-4 data center, “but our specifications far exceed the already high standards of a Tier-4 center,” said Lifeline Data Centers' founders, Richard Banta and Alex Carroll.

The announcement of the new data center was made at The Orchard Ridge Country Club March 25. For security reasons the specific location of data centers is rarely revealed.

The data center will be a large structure filled with computers that store critical information for businesses, hospitals, government, universities and other institutions that need to safeguard their critical data in a secure facility.

“Although we won't employ large numbers of people,” Carroll said, “a Lifeline Data Center will be a major drawing card for new businesses looking at northeast Indiana to locate — and for existing companies to expand or to increase their capacity for local and secure data storage.”

The Lifeline Data Center will be a wholesale co-location facility; a high tech landlord; and a compliance boutique.

Lifeline has been serving companies since 2001 in healthcare, software development, utilities, life sciences and government, by providing a high level of offsite data security solutions, decreasing the risk of downtime and associated expenses.

A Tier-4 data center is considered the most 'robust' of data centers. It is designed to host mission-critical servers and computer systems, with fully redundant cooling, power, network links and storage subsystems and compartmentalized security zones controlled by biometric access controls. A Tier-4 center guarantees 99.995 percent availability. Components are fully fault-tolerant including uplinks, storage, chillers, HVAC systems and servers. Everything is dual-powered.

Richard Banta, Lifeline chief data center officer, said the Fort Wayne Lifeline Data Center will:

-be audit ready for CCHIT,SSAE 16, TIA-942, NFPA, HIPAA, FIMSA, FDA, PCI/DSS and Sarbanes Oxley

-have master electricians, HVAC specialists, and diesel mechanics on staff

-provide multiple redundancies for reliability with three uninterruptable power supply (UPS) feeds to server cages

-have custom designed and built AC and server cooling systems and

-offer access to many telecommunications providers.

Banta said the Fort Wayne Lifeline Data Center will have onsite compliance expertise, including two certified information systems analysts on staff and one certified data center expert, of which there only nine in the U.S.

The Fort Wayne Lifeline Data Center will also offer one-of-a-kind secured co-location office and adaptive manufacturing space. Lifeline maintains a current SSAE 16 Type II Audit Report and as a compliance boutique, has in-house compliance experts.

The new Fort Wayne data center will follow reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) protocols.

“RCM is the gold standard for systems that cannot fail such as passenger aircraft, fighter jets and weapons systems,” explained Banta.

Most clients choose to use Lifeline purely as a landlord, fully managing their own information technology infrastructure. Other clients use Lifeline's co-location facilities and office space along with Lifeline's managed services to supplement their own IT staff. To learn more about Lifeline Data Centers, visit

Source: Lifeline Data Centers LLC

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