Blue Box Selects Digital Fortress™ as Data Center Provider In Seattle Washington

SEATTLE, Washington – June 25th, 2014 – Digital Fortress™, a Seattle based colocation provider, announced today a five year agreement with Blue Box Group to provide Disaster Recovery Colocation services at Digital Fortress’ downtown Seattle Data Center.
“We are excited to add Blue Box to the Digital Fortress ecosystem of providers”, said Paul Gerrard, Digital Fortress CEO. “Digital Fortress promotes a cloud and carrier neutral environment which allows interconnectivity to the platforms required to support the modern enterprise customer.”
“Our customers depend on reliable disaster recovery capabilities,” said Matthew Schiltz, Blue Box CEO. “By moving these DR services to Digital Fortress, we add an additional layer of reliable redundancy to our multi-node deployment, one backed by an excellent customer service team.”
About Blue Box
Blue Box, a Seattle-based cloud technology company, delivers agile cloud resources to nearly 600 customers worldwide. The company’s Blue Box Cloud provides customers with Private Cloud as a Service (PCaaS): a managed private cloud powered by OpenStack, delivered on easily scalable dedicated hardware that ensures performance and security, while meeting strict data sovereignty requirements.
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About Digital Fortress
Digital Fortress™ is a privately held West Coast data center provider delivering secure, high density colocation services with carrier and cloud neutral hosting infrastructure. Managing over 60,000 sq. ft. in Seattle, WA, Digital Fortress services the enterprise customer with secure private-caged suites supported by professional 24×7 staff and diverse carrier neutral infrastructure connected to the Westin, Fisher Plaza and Seattle Internet Exchange (the SIX). Digital Fortress data centers utilize the greenest utility in the nation – Seattle City Light – with over 96% of its energy derived from clean, inexpensive hydroelectric and wind power. Since 1994, more than 1,200 customers have entrusted their […]

By |July 2nd, 2014|News|Comments Off

Founder of Internap Joins Digital Fortress

SEATTLE, Washington – May 15, 2014 – Digital Fortress™ today announced that Tony Naughtin, chief executive officer of Cascadeo Corporation, was elected to Digital Fortress’ board of directors at their meeting earlier this month.

“Tony has a wealth of expertise in the managed services industry and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Digital Fortress’ board of directors,” said Paul Gerrard, Digital Fortress’ CEO. “We are excited to have a local, Seattle businessman of Tony’s stature and experience join the Digital Fortress team.”

“I feel privileged to be joining the Board at Digital Fortress” said Naughtin. “I believe the company has a bright future, and I   look forward to working with Paul and Digital Fortress’ board, to help make the company a premier provider of data center and network services in the Western U.S.”

Mr. Naughtin has over twenty years of experience in building and leading top-tier infrastructure and service provider companies. In doing so he has created and managed innovative business models, built quality management teams, and driven productive relationships with premier customers, alliance partners, venture capital firms, and investment banks.

In 1996 Mr. Naughtin co-founded Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP) where he served as President and CEO until August 2001, led the company to $125 million in annual revenues, and completed two successful public stock offerings. From 2007-2009 Mr. Naughtin served as President and CEO of GridNetworks, an Internet video service provider which was acquired by Global Media Services (New York) in 2009. Mr. Naughtin has served as a Board director for a number of other companies, both public and private, including Internap, Counterpane Internet Security (now a subsidiary of BT), GridNetworks, Cellular Terrestrial Broadcasting, Inc. and Mr. Naughtin started his […]

By |May 20th, 2014|News|Comments Off


A Greenpeace report released today touts our Seattle data centers use of Seattle City Light renewable energy.

Good job congratulations

By |April 3rd, 2014|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Digital Fortress Announces SSAE 16 Type II Certification

Digital Fortress Announces SSAE 16 Certification
Company’s second audit covers both Seattle-area data centers

Seattle, Wash. – Feb. 28, 2014 – Seattle Data Center Digital Fortress™, Inc., Seattle’s largest regional retail colocation services provider, today announced it has successfully achieved its second Type II SSAE 16 certification. The coverage period for the Type II examination – which is conducted on a retroactive basis – was for February 3, 2012 through July 31, 2012 and was completed by Linford and Co. LLP.

“Digital Fortress has taken great care in designing and implementing its control environment supporting its data center colocation services,” said Newel Linford, Linford and Co. LLP. “The company has developed a comprehensive set of security measures and other practices that will protect clients’ information technology equipment at both of the Digital Fortress data center locations.”

“The report provides Digital Fortress’ clients and prospects with independent, third-party verification that our operations meet or exceed corporate-defined levels of processes and controls—critical in this marketplace,” stated Paul Gerrard, CEO, Digital Fortress.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants states “Service Organization Controls reports are designed to help service organizations, organizations that operate information systems and provide information system services to other entities, build trust and confidence in their service delivery processes and controls through a report by an independent Certified Public Accountant.”

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About Digital Fortress

Digital Fortress™, Inc., is a privately held West Coast data center provider delivering secure, high density colocation services. Managing over 60,000 sq. ft. in downtown Seattle, Wash., Digital Fortress services the enterprise customer with secure private-caged suites supported by professional 24×7 staff and diverse carrier neutral infrastructure connected to the Westin and Seattle Internet Exchange. Digital Fortress™ data centers utilize the greenest utility in […]

By |March 3rd, 2014|News|Comments Off

Hybrid Cloud Happy Hour

We had great time hosting a happy hour at the Edgewater Hotel with some of our partners last Thursday night focused on the topic of hybrid cloud building blocks.  We kicked off the night talking about some common questions that we hear from clients on the topic of data center transformation.  Companies want the flexibility to leverage the public cloud but also may not want to move all of their infrastructure to the public cloud.  How should companies connect their data center to the public cloud? Will their data center provider assist them with this?  How do you move your assets to the public cloud?  Once you are connected, how do you optimize reliability, security and performance across the two?

Digital Fortress and tw telecom announced that Digital Fortress’s Puget Sound data centers are the first regional data centers in the world to offer their new eLynk service.  TWT’s eLynk provides dedicated  and on-demand network connections to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other on-net locations.  TWT has pre-connected to these locations so now clients hosting their data center resources with Digital Fortress can achieve on-demand AWS Direct Connect access.  This takes the average time to provision this connection from months to minutes.

Options I/O’s Spoke about their partnership with Digital Fortress offering application co-location architectures for their clients that prefer high-performance hybrid cloud deployments with AWS.  Their client use cases with Digital Fortess include AWS Disaster Recovery and Elastic Compute including HPC/Hadoop workloads.  Digital Fortress offers the ability to use on-site, secure storage as part of the data ownership for HIPAA, FISMA and PCI compliance as well as AWS VPC .  Digital Fortress has multiple Puget Sound locations and AWS Direct Connect at the click of your mouse.

CloudVelocity shared their award winning One Hybrid Cloud offering […]

By |February 26th, 2014|News|Comments Off