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CONNECTIVITY 101: KEEPING SOUTH FLORIDA COMPANIES UP-AND-RUNNING EVEN IN TIMES OF CRISIS

—by Arquímedes Trujillo, Publisher
 

It’s a fact: A vast majority of today’s commercial activity is either initiated, negotiated, accepted or executed —or all of the above— via the internet. Appointments are scheduled, meetings are conducted, conditions are agreed to, contracts are signed, invoices are tendered, and bills are paid online every single minute of each day. This is why the quality, reliability and sustainability of its IT connections have become the most crucial concerns for any company doing business today.

Firms engaging in business in an area as commercially dynamic and technologically sophisticated as South Florida have a definite advantage, as they have access to locally based services that fulfill the need for secure, reliable and virtually uninterrupted high quality connectivity, especially in the event of a natural disaster or a man-made crisis. And with the surge of international companies relocating or opening regional headquarters in Greater Miami, it’s now more important than ever to select the site that offers the conditions conducive to flawless connectivity.

During a conference call while on business in London, Wayne R. Hollo, Executive Vice-President at Florida East Coast Realty, Inc. (FECR), one of the South Florida’s most successful developers, and Managing Director of the Miami Data Vault (MDV), a carrier-neutral collocation data center and disaster recovery facility, recently spoke to MiamiEmpresarial magazine on the importance of being “well connected” in Downtown Miami, Brickell and Coral Gables.

Miami, called the “gateway to the Americas” for its synergistic relationship with the other nations in the western hemisphere (most notably Latin America and the Caribbean), is a true “global city” and an extraordinary business hub, home to thousands of local, national and international firms that have chosen to establish their headquarters here. However, as strategically advantageous or technologically advanced as Miami may be, Mr. Hollo confirms that  operations can be unavoidably interrupted if firms have not planned or prepared for such an eventuality.

“Not only can a hurricane shut down your company, but something as seemingly innocuous as street or a temporary Florida Power & Light (FPL) outage can drastically affect your business continuity,” he says. While it can happen anytime to companies big and small, many do not have a comprehensive emergency plan that would safeguard their data and equipment, and allow them to restore their operations with minimal downtime or no downtime at all.

“Real estate has changed dramatically and tenants are much more demanding,” Wayne Hollo explains. In order to compete for top level tenants, developers and management companies must build or upgrade their facilities to stricter standards, especially where telecommunications and connectivity are concerned.

However, these lapses in preparedness may be a thing of the past when businesses move their offices to a Florida East Coast Realty building.

“With the surge of international companies relocating or opening regional headquarters in South Florida, it’s now more important than ever to choose the right building, location and level of connectivity services,” Hollo explains. “When you come to an FECR property, you get more than a Class A facility, location and view. By taking advantage of our direct affiliation and collaboration with Miami Data Vault and the redundant high speed fiber connections between MDV and FECR’s office buildings, you have available to you the redundancy of critical systems, connectivity to your servers in a secure environment, and the ability to have a complete back-up of your data. While other office buildings are not equipped to handle a crisis, a business in one of our properties will have continuous access to their data and can even have disaster recovery space where critical personnel are able to function without interruption if their offices are temporarily inaccessible.”

“Real estate has changed dramatically and tenants are much more demanding,” he continues. In order to compete for top-level tenants, developers and management companies must build or upgrade their facilities to stricter standards, especially when telecommunications and connectivity are concerned.

“It is important that they know that we also own the Miami Data Vault, a 100,000 square foot SAS 70 Type II certified, hurricane-proof internet data center that promises business continuity even in times of crisis, plus discounted services for FECR tenants and owners.”

What if the tenant is not in an FECR property? The Miami Data Vault also contracts with companies located in other buildings and areas throughout South Florida. All MDV clients have a safe, reliable facility at their disposal to house their servers and protect their valuable proprietary information. The state-of-the-art data center protects critical equipment on an ongoing basis and even offers emergency office space availability in case of a disaster or environmental catastrophe. Despite any unforeseen or uncontrollable external circumstances, the client is able to continue operating through MDV’s fully-redundant infrastructure, connectivity, and secure systems.

“With our assistance and support, our customers only have to focus on running their core businesses. Whether you are a web-host provider, e-commerce business, telecommunications company, financial institution, law firm, or business enterprise of any size, Miami Data Vault can be your total solution.”

In addition to his corporate responsibilities at Florida East Coast Realty and Miami Data Vault, Wayne Hollo is committed to enhancing Miami’s status as a Global City. Part of his commitment is to work diligently to ensure that Miami continues to feature the cutting-edge technological infrastructure necessary to support the local, national, and international companies that do and will choose Miami as the location for their local offices and corporate headquarters.

To that end, Mr. Hollo is a proud member of the City of Miami Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Technology Advisory Board and actively collaborates with the Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition (MDBC), a community-oriented organization that connects the disadvantaged to the web—unlocking the doors to previously unattainable information, education, training, and employment opportunities. The MDBC, in conjunction with MDV, offers internet and related services, such as web hosting, backup, disaster recovery, collocation, and cloud computing, to South Florida municipalities; educational and healthcare institutions; business and commercial entities; industrial and manufacturing facilities; as well as professional, trade, and non-profit associations.

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