Peak 10 Breaks Ground On New South Florida Data Center. A Word About Data Center Standards and Compliance

Data center hosting and cloud services provider Peak 10 has broken ground on a new data center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Some of the vital statistics on the new facility include:

  • Peak 10’s 22nd data center
  • 11,000 square feet (Peak 10’s presence in south Florida will total 33,000 square feet.)
  • Multiple levels of security
  • Uninterruptible power
  • HVAC systems
  • Fire suppression
  • Around-the-clock monitoring and management.
  • Interconnected with Peak 10’s private network
  • SSAE 16 and PCI compliant

For those unfamiliar with SSAE 16, this is the new version of SAS70.  For those unfamiliar with SAS70, SAS 70 is an auditing standard that was developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  SAS 70, when applied to data centers, demonstrates that the data center operator has adequate controls and safe guards in place to host or process data related to their customer base. SAS 70 is not a certificate, but an opinion on the nature of those controls.

SSAE 16 is becoming a pretty big deal in the data center hosting industry.  It should provide Peak 10 with a competitive advantage in the marketplace for a couple of reasons;

  • The south Florida hosting industry caters to businesses located in the Caribbean, Central and South America.  SSAE 16 is an internationally recognized standard.
  • SSAE 16 is especially important to the healthcare, insurance and financial services industries.  You can’t swing a cat in South Florida without hitting a healthcare, insurance or financial services firm.

The Peak 10 data center will also be PCI compliant.  The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standard is another important standard for financial services, e-commerce and retail industries.  This is an information security standard for organizations that handle cardholder information for the major debit, credit, prepaid, ATM, and POS cards.

The Peak 10 corporation is also compliant with a number of other important standards including:

  • Sarbanes Oxley (SOX)– A Federally mandated accounting standard important for auditing of publicly traded US companies.
  • HIPAA/HITECH– A Federally mandated standard that addresses the privacy and security concerns associated with the electronic transmission of health information
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA)-A federally mandated standard that is important to commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms, and insurance companies.

The Florida data center is one of many growth moves announced by Peak 10 in 2011.  Others include completion of data centers in Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY and ground breaking in Nashville, TN.

Congratulations to the good folks at Peak 10 for quickly becoming a major player in the Southeast data center hosting and cloud marketplace.