Back from a watery grave…IDS Data Center on a Ship?!?
Well, it’s official, International Data Security (IDS) is back from what many thought was a watery grave…AND the initial phase of the first data center ship is set to be online and functional in October 2010!!
I had the pleasure of meeting with Ken Choi and Dick Naughton and was given an update on IDS, where they disappeared to, what they have been doing in secret, and when (if ever) the highly anticipated ‘data center on a ship’ was going to go live.
What I learned is that IDS suffered the same credit crunch every other data center and commercial builder has felt over the last few years, and they slowed progress on the first ship to a near standstill until the credit markets opened up. Now that money is starting to flow again, they have re-surfaced, stronger than ever.
While they were not building data centers over the last few years, that does not mean they were not busy. Ken and Dick have invested heavily in a few managed services organizations. These investments allow them to be their own first customer in a sense, bringing the managed service customers into the first ship.
It is also rumored they have a large network device company as an anchor tenant, although neither Ken nor Dick would confirm the rumor, much less provide a company name.
Now for the exciting stuff…
The first IDS Data Center on a Ship went into dry dock on July 15, 2010 and is scheduled to come out of dry dock and head to its new home at the end of August.
Now, I should point out that the first IDS Data ship is not going to San Francisco’s Pier 50 as orginally thought. IDS has signed a dock lease with the Port of Redwood City!!
Redwood City’s slogan is “Climate Best by Government Test!” which will hopefully allow for some *green* activities and upgrades as new benchmarks are set.
Needless to say, SilverBack (along with me personally) is involved with IDS on a few different fronts, and I hope to bring more news of their success to light.
IDS can be contacted through their website at http://www.idsstar.net.
For sales information, feel free to drop me a line at ken’@’teamsilverback’.’com and I can make a formal introduction.
More as it becomes available…oh and in case you forgot, here’s the IDS news from 2008
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