Fortune Earns Uptime Institute Operational Stamp of Approval

First West Coast Data Center to Receive Management and Operations Award

San Jose, Calif. – April 12, 2012 – Fortune Data Centers announced today that its San Jose facility has been awarded the Management and Operations (M&O) “Stamp of Approval” by the Uptime Institute.  The M&O Stamp of Approval validates that the critical facilities management and operations practices at this site satisfy industry-recognized criteria for 24×7 uptime for data centers.

The award gives Fortune, already a recognized leader in data center innovation, another third party assurance regarding the company’s proficiency to address management risks and sustain data center uptime. Fortune’s San Jose data center has maintained 100% reliability with no services outages since it went online in 2009.

According to John Sheputis, Fortune’s CEO, “While the recognition is important, going through the Uptime Institute process further strengthened the company’s operational practices. Fortune’s exceptional uptime is one of the most important reasons customers choose us. The Stamp of Approval is a tremendous credit to our team and their commitment to be the best.”

Sheputis continued, “We enjoyed working with the Uptime professional staff. As expected, they brought deep knowledge and broad experience, and I was impressed by their flexibility. The assessment methods were tailored to meet our business objectives and use our systems and controls. The Uptime approach balances the need to measure operating performance as well as foster improvement.”

Fortune was one of 11 recognized members of an M&O Coalition that worked with the Uptime Institute to develop and validate the Management and Operations (M&O) Program Objectives.  Unlike other operations certifications, the M&O Stamp of Approval is specifically designed for data center operations.

Peter Crook, senior director at Uptime Institute professional services commented, “Fortune not only was a valued member of the Coalition that helped clarify those behaviours that need to exist in a data center, but the M&O approved site in San Jose reinforces Fortune’s overall commitment to excellence in operations.”

Crook added, “Congratulations to Fortune Data Centers for having the first M&O approved site on the West Coast. This is especially distinguishing given the number and competitiveness of the data center market in Silicon Valley and the West Coast corridor.”

In reviewing site’s Management and Operations, Uptime helps organizations analyze the causes and methods to minimizing human error—the leading cause of data center downtime. When making an M&O Assessment, Uptime looks at staffing and organization, training and professional development, preventative maintenance program and processes, operating conditions and housekeeping, as well as planning management and coordination practices and resources.

About Fortune Data Centers

Fortune Data Centers ( builds, owns and operates highly efficient and cost-effective wholesale data centers. Fortune’s San Jose and Portland facilities meet or exceed the toughest industry standards for data centers in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity, and physical resilience. Fortune is a privately held company, founded in 2006.

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