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January 5, 2010 
 
 
TECH IN '10?

 
Dallas-based All-In-One Network Solutions (AIO) recently completed a $100k contract with a Dallas-area insurance agency, pulling the entire IT department off-site into a co-location facility. Back-to-back co-location stories for us? Maybe there’s something to this trend.
 
AIO CEO Michael Ehrich, here outlining a project with CTO Richard Lyszczek and VP Trey Scalf.

Data centers provide redundancy and allow companies to grow by creating remote access nationwide, says AIO CEO Mike Ehrich, here outlining a project with CTO Richard Lyszczek and VP Trey Scalf. Mike says he sees all kinds of companies contemplating their use for security and redundancy (it just seems fitting to repeat the word). Mike says builders and their sub-contractors also need remote access at job sites to connect easier with the home office. A bonus is that the total cost of IT ownership usually goes down, too.

Matt Clarkson and Richard Lyszczek

And it's direct effect on real estate? Mike says co-location saves money, but also adds flexibility. Last year, he had one construction client whose job site trailer caught fire and destroyed the server. Instead of shutting down for days and losing valuable data, the company was back at work the next day because all the files were centrally located in a data center. Rich, here with Matt Clarkson, says AIO is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The economy forced more entities to dissect their IT fluff and those budgets are pared down, Rich adds.

AIO CEO Mike Ehrich

Mike’s either telling us to shift our defense right, or illustrating how data centers work with virtual servers. He says they’re self-healing. If a site is running five different virtual servers and one of the physical servers fails, the other physical servers take over. Plus, virtualization saves power, he says. Physical servers shut off when not in use, yet its services are still available. Mike says it’s like driving a newer 8-cylinder car and getting it up to 70 mph on the highway. Once at cruising speed, the engine cuts the power down to 4-cylinders, but the car is still motoring at 70 mph.


DATUM ENGINEERS

 
Datum's Jeff Koke and Ann-Marie Doughty
With a reputation for out-of-the-ordinary construction projects, Datum Engineers left its mark on the recently opened Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and hit the ground running on the $185 million Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park, which broke ground in November. Above, studio manager Jeff Koke and Ann-Marie Doughty look over plans for the museum. The project will feature a green roof, with construction scheduled to get into full swing by early summer. Completion is slated for 2013.
Datum's Thomas Taylor, Jeff, Ann-Marie, EVP Stephen Price and project engineer Brian Dahm

A UT alum pic: the firm’s patriarch Thomas Taylor, Jeff, Ann-Marie, EVP Stephen Price and project engineer Brian Dahm. High profile projects include one at the University of North Texas, a VA hospital, the new Parkland Hospital, and the Irving Convention Center. Thomas says the secret to the firm’s success is the relationship developed with architects. He tells us helping them accomplish their goals with structures and making them look good is what we do.

 
Datum Studio manager Rodolfo D'Arlach, Brian Dahm, Lee Christian, and Jim Arnold
Studio manager Rodolfo D'Arlach, Brian again, Lee Christian and Jim Arnold show us the office is literally divided by collegiate allegiance. Brian can play both sides thanks to undergrad at A&M and, following his wife, grad work at UT. Rodolfo is working on the new buildings at the old Parkland Hospital site and the new $70M four-story business leadership building at UNT (which is going for LEED certification). That task holds many challenges in the design, including long cantilevers, V-shaped exterior columns, a green roof, solar panels, and recycled materials. But we imagine no challenge matches suppressing a water-cooler smile if UT comes up short against Alabama Thursday.
 
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