Data Technology Center Protects Business Information

Posted: January 20, 2021

Ritter Communications opens 8,544-square-foot facility

Ritter Communications, an Arkansas-based regional telecommunications provider that serves portions of rural Tennessee, announced the opening of a new $8 million multi-user data and cloud storage facility.

The state-of-the-art Data Technology Center provides a highly secure, hardened environment for businesses to house servers, manage data and meet industry compliance, all with the specialized support of Ritter’s Cloud Solutions team and its Network Operations Center.

The 8,544-square-foot facility was created for the sole purpose of protecting customers’ business’s data. Instead of retrofitting an existing facility, Ritter felt it was best to build a new facility from scratch with rigid technical specifications required to protect data from seismic activity, fire disaster, tornadic weather, and more.

“At the Ritter Communications Data Technology Center, we operate in accordance with strict privacy and security guidelines,” said Alan Morse, Ritter chief executive officer. “Customer data protection is top priority — no matter what.”

The new Ritter Communications Data Technology Center features a state-of-the-art network operations center staffed 24/7/365. Data and infrastructure are protected by N+2 dual-fuel back-up power, .75 MW power capacity, and geo-diverse, carrier-neutral fiber entrance systems. The facility can accommodate a total of 82 full racks, four cages with four racks, and co-location and storage space for customer IT. Additionally, the Data Technology Center has modular-inline cooling and clean-agent fire extinguishing systems. It is HIPAA, PCI, and SOC 2 compliant.

Construction on the Data Technology Center began in the spring of 2019 and finished on schedule despite potential interruptions from the global COVID-19 pandemic. Camfil APC, an air filter manufacturer, and St. Bernards Healthcare, both of Jonesboro, are two of the initial customers to use the Ritter Communications Data Technology Center.

The facility combines industry-leading data security and privacy certifications to create a highly secure, off-site location for businesses to store data and IT infrastructure.

“This new Data Technology Center provides a secure data center, cloud computing, and disaster recovery solutions that protect our customers and their technology assets from any major environmental or cyber risks,” Morse said.

The Ritter Communications Data Technology Center is open and fully operational, serving customers with state-of-the-art technology solutions. To learn more about the new Data Technology Center, visit the Ritter Communications website.