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Dave Olson, Published May 10 2013

Trade Talk: Data center sets up shop in NDSU Research and Technology Park

Vaultas, a Minneapolis-based company, is setting up a state-of-the-art data center in a 47,000-square-foot building that is part of North Dakota State University’s Research and Technology Park.

The data center will use about 25,000 square feet of the space. The remainder will be used for offices and other purposes, said John Unger, president of the company that also has data centers in Alexandria and St. Cloud in Minnesota, and a new data center in Milwaukee.

In addition to offering secure data storage, Vaultas provides a variety of other services including server hosting, which lets clients set up and manage their own data storage.

“Enterprise companies – insurance companies, financial organizations – they can’t afford the risk of putting their data on public clouds,” Unger said. “They want a place where they can host their own private cloud, or semi-private cloud.”

Because Vaultas data centers are independent of any specific network, hardware or software vendor, Unger said they don’t hire large numbers of people. Clients who operate systems within Vaultas facilities do, he said.

“Any data center that is full of hardware is producing a lot of high-end technology jobs,” Unger said. “They’re not always directly related to the data center, or employed by us, but they are all directly related to the data center.”

For more information, visit the Vaultas website, www.vaultas.com.

IT awards

The Information Technology Council of North Dakota recently bestowed its Premier IT Award on Sundog Inc., a Fargo-based technology firm.

Sundog, which specializes in bringing marketing and technology together, was recognized by Information Technology Council for outstanding success in developing and providing IT business solutions to clients.

Others recognized include: Eid Passport, of Minot, which received the council’s Technology Innovator Award; and Randall Thursby, chief information officer of the North Dakota University System, who received the North Dakota IT Champion Award.

Thursby was honored for his use and development of IT in the academic world.

Better late …

Rhombus Guys Pizza in Fargo has opened its rooftop dining area.

The business had planned to open its rooftop last weekend, but given the late spring, it held off until Thursday.

“Mother Nature kind of dictates when,” said Nate Dickmeyer, assistant general manager of the restaurant.

Weather permitting, Dickmeyer said the rooftop will be open during regular business hours, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., through the summer months.

The restaurant is at 606 Main Ave. The phone number is (701) 540-4534.

Lot 2029 open

Lot 2029, which sells women’s fashions and accessories, has opened at 612 Main Ave., Fargo.

Hope Wald, a graduate of North Dakota State University’s apparel and textiles program, will operate the store.

Information about Lot 2029 can be found on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LOT2029.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555