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CORE:


A state-of-the-art data center in rural Oklahoma


By Laura Araujo R


Top: Jason Palmer, BOLT customer service supervisor, stands in the CORE Data Center. Photos by Laura Araujo


Bottom: Fiber optic cable, made of glass, is thinner than human hair and is much faster and more durable than cable.


EDITOR’S NOTE:


This article is Part II of the Bolt Fiber Optic Services story that was printed in the November 2016 edition.


ural” and “state-of-the-art” may not often be used in the same sentence, but in the case of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (NEOEC), they go hand-in-hand.


In 2013, NEOEC constructed the CORE Data


Center adjacent to its Vinita, Okla., headquarters. The 5,000-square-foot structure houses the head-end equip- ment for BOLT Fiber Optic Services, a NEOEC sub- sidiary. In 2015, the co-op began offering high-speed internet to residents of rural northeast Oklahoma. However, in addition to the fiber optics initiative, the CORE Data Center has become a valuable resource for those needing secure data storage. “A lot of companies want off–site backup within a few


hours, so we are in a great location for those in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Kansas City and Dallas,” says Cindy Hefner, NEOEC manager of facilities Many are surprised to find this caliber of facility in rural Oklahoma. “We had a man from Dallas fly in to Tulsa to visit the


data center. As he was driving through the farm fields of Vinita, he started to have doubts about it and almost turned around,” Hefner says. “He ended up coming and he was completely blown away.” The data center was constructed with reliability in


mind. Walls are 12-inch reinforced concrete; the floor and ceilings are 8-inch concrete. The facility was built to endure an EF5 tornado. “It was designed to withstand harsh elements that


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could potentially cause outages to our membership and customers of BOLT,” NEOEC CEO Anthony Due says. “When building the facility, we took into account all possible scenarios and built an enclosure of the same specifications to house all of our critical equipment such as transformers, cold water chillers and generators.” To prevent interruptions in service, there are layers of


backup: two chillers, two transformers, two generators and two power feeds. If an outage occurs, a battery bank takes over until the generator comes on. “Multiple levels of redundancy add to our reliability,”


says Jason Palmer, BOLT customer service supervisor. “We have done everything we can do to protect our system.” Bioscan entry into the facility, 24-hour surveillance


with a 30-day video archive, and locks on server cabinets ensure the security of the information in the data center. CORE offers single-server space as well as half- and full-server cabinets where outside companies can store and access their data. Current clients include hospitals, banks and tribes. “Our facility is carrier-neutral and allows access from


all carriers wishing to provide service to our clients,” Due says. CORE also offers office spaces for emergency data recovery. For more information about NEOEC’s CORE Data


Center, call 918-256-9470 or go to www.corecolocate. com.


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