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FORTRUST Strengthens Executive Organization in Partnership with IO 

FORTRUST announced that David Shepard, senior vice president at IO, will assume the additional role of FORTRUST senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Aug. 7 — FORTRUST, the Rocky Mountain Region's premier data center and colocation services provider, announced that David Shepard, Senior Vice President at IO, will assume the additional role of FORTRUST Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Shepard will play a leading role in positioning FORTRUST and IO as the combined solution of choice for customers seeking best-in-class data center infrastructure.

The addition of Mr. Shepard is in response to the increased demand that FORTRUST has experienced for IO Anywhere data modules in all of their locations. During Shepard's tenure IO has added new customers including publicly announced Goldman Sachs and LexisNexis. FORTRUST has IO data modules in all three FORTRUST locations, which include Denver, CO, Phoenix, AZ and Edison, NJ. In less than a year, FORTRUST has deployed over 1.5MW of module capacity across the three locations for their customers.

FORTRUST and IO first partnered together in April 2012, marking the launch of IO's Powered by IO (PBIO) Program. Mr. Shepard led the development of the PBIO program while at IO. Through Mr. Shepard's work, FORTRUST was named the first and exclusive provider of IO.Anywhere data center modules in Colorado.

Steve Knudson, Vice Chairman and CEO of FORTRUST, states, "David Shepard has years of experience conveying IO's value proposition to prospective customers. Having that expertise at our fingertips will enable both IO and FORTRUST to maximize the value of this partnership."

Rob McClary, Senior Vice President and General Manager of FORTRUST, added, "David and I worked together closely to enable FORTRUST's adoption of IO's modular technology and the development of the FORTRUST and IO partnership. We welcome Mr. Shepard and look forward to advancing the industry through this truly unique partnership. With his support, FORTRUST will continue to serve customers agile, efficient and on-demand data center capacity and services."


FORTRUST is the premier high availability data center and colocation service provider in North America offering services in Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; and Edison, New Jersey. FORTRUST offers agile, reliable, sustainable and secure raised floor or modular data center capacity for any-size enterprise supported by optimal power infrastructure and connectivity to safeguard mission-critical business services. Leading companies choose FORTRUST to gain a trusted partner who will preserve and protect their IT infrastructure as well as serve as an essential extension of their operations. More information is available by visiting

About IO

IO is a global leader in software-defined data centers and has pioneered the next generation of data center infrastructure technology. Our integrated hardware and software data center technology platform offers enterprises, governments and service providers an innovative way to deploy, provision and optimize data center capacity anywhere in the world. IO technology lowers the total cost of data center ownership compared to traditional data centers, enabling dynamic deployment and intelligent control based on the needs of IT equipment and applications in the data center.



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