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Rick Kurtzbein
Research Analyst, Datacenters

Rick Kurtzbein joined 451 Research in October 2010 as a Research Analyst covering the datacenter space. Prior to joining 451 Research, Rick had over 20 years of IT experience in several fields. Rick began his career as a contract technical writer on IBM projects before transitioning to project management.

Rick managed software and infrastructure projects at Fortune 500 clients including Sabre Holdings, American Airlines, and Capital One Financial. Rick next joined Unisys as a Transition Manager for datacenter-outsourcing contracts; he later joined IBM in the same datacenter outsourcing role.

Rick holds a BA in English/Technical Writing from the University of North Texas, and the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.


Reports by this Analyst

Global Switch launches more capacity in Amsterdam
HITS Insight - April, 2014
The company has opened the first phase of a planned multi-phase expansion program for its Amsterdam datacenter. The major multi-phase expansion will add 25,400-gross square meters (275,000 square feet) when fully built out at a cost of €240m ($331m).
ViaWest celebrates grand opening of Chaska datacenter
HITS Insight - April, 2014
The company recently celebrated the grand opening of its new datacenter. The stand-alone brownfield-development facility sits on 28 acres, with 150,000 gross square feet and 70,000 square feet of net sellable space when fully built out.
MTDC customer win roundup: CyrusOne, AIS, FirstLight Fiber and Pulsant
HITS Insight - April, 2014
Multi-tenant datacenter customer wins continue this week, with customers representing a variety of verticals, including unified communications, building automation systems, healthcare and colocation/networks.
MTDC customer wins for CyrusOne, QTS Realty Trust, Ascent
HITS Insight - March, 2014
Customer wins feature CyrusOne, QTS Realty Trust and Ascent all providing flexibility and value-added services.
Switch partners with Accelero and OTMTI to form SUPERNAP International
HITS Insight - March, 2014
The three companies have formed a joint venture, SUPERNAP International, to market and build datacenter ecosystems globally based on pre-fabricated modular components of its SuperNAP datacenter.
CyrusOne enters Northern Virginia market and breaks ground in San Antonio and Houston
HITS Insight - March, 2014
The company has entered the Northern Virginia market and broken ground for new datacenters in Texas. It continues to expand aggressively in existing markets and to enter new geographic markets as it executes its growth strategy.
21Vianet Group reports Q4: strong datacenter revenue, with plans to double its cabinets
HITS Insight - March, 2014
The company reported strong Q/Q and Y/Y revenue growth, with net revenue increasing to RMB545.9m ($90.2m). Hosting and services revenue was up due to the increase in the number of cabinets and growth in CDN services. More cabinets are on the way.
Zayo Group subsidiary zColo acquires Dallas-based CoreXchange
HITS Insight - March, 2014
With the deal, zColo adds two datacenters and 18,000 square feet of operational space to its footprint in Dallas and surrounding areas. The acquired facilities increase zColo's nationwide footprint to 27 datacenters.
New supply in Chicago: Forsythe to build and operate 'Retail Plus' datacenter
HITS Insight - March, 2014
Forsythe Technology will design and build a 221,000-gross-square-foot datacenter in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, that will feature 1,000-square-foot private data suites. It expects to break ground in March, with the first suites available early in 2015.
DataSite enters Boise, Idaho, adding third datacenter to its footprint
HITS Insight - February, 2014
The MTDC company will enter the Boise market and operate the former HP 60,252-gross-square-foot Boise Data Center located at 9700 W. Bethel Court in Boise, Idaho. DataSite will open the facility next month to serve Pacific Northwest customers.
QTS Realty Trust reports another solid quarter in Q4 with leasing commencements
HITS Insight - February, 2014
The company turned in solid results, with revenue in Q4 up 3.1% Q/Q. During Q4, QTS commenced leases representing roughly $27.7m of annualized revenue.
Vaultas enters new geographic market as it opens Milwaukee datacenter
HITS Insight - February, 2014
Vaultas has opened its new datacenter in downtown Milwaukee. The company perceives the Milwaukee market as a prime business-continuity/disaster-recovery location for enterprises in Chicago, which is less than 100 miles south of the Milwaukee market.
Switch's SuperNAP 8 receives Tier IV Certification of Constructed Facility
HITS Insight - February, 2014
The company's SuperNAP 8 facility has received Tier IV Certification of Constructed Facility from The Uptime Institute (an independent division of The 451 Group). Switch is the first MTDC provider in North America to receive the certification.
Compass Datacenters purchases development site in Columbus, Ohio
HITS Insight - February, 2014
The firm purchased its next development site for $1.93m. The 9.2-acre site is in the New Albany Business Park and will include up to five dedicated datacenters.
Next Generation Data continues to prosper in the UK
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company recently won significant deals with Wipro and Efar at its NGD Europe datacenter in Newport, South Wales. The firm also recently signed a contract for a 55,000-square-foot datacenter in the southwest region of England.
CyrusOne is awarded multi-site certification from Open-IX
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company has received certification from Open-IX Association for six of its datacenters in North America, which were certified under the Open-IX Data Center Technical Standards OIX-2.
Involta expands in Akron, Ohio, and plans second datacenter
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company has a 5,000-square-foot expansion unde rway at its Akron datacenter, and will build a new custom-built 34,000-gross-square foot datacenter to add a second datacenter in the market.
ByteGrid acquires Aurora datacenter to enter Chicago market
HITS Insight - January, 2014
ByteGrid has acquired a 70,000-gross-square-foot datacenter located in Aurora, Illinois. The deal was structured as a partial sales-leaseback agreement with CNA, which will serve as the anchor tenant under a long-term lease agreement.
Ascent to offer colo in Northlake, target colo and financial providers downtown
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company is adding colocation at its Northlake datacenter, and will target financial services and colocation providers with its Dynamic Data Center Suite model at its datacenter in downtown Chicago.
Cologix doubles down at 511 11th Avenue in Minneapolis
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company has leased 28,000 square feet at the carrier hotel. The additional capacity will be built out in phases - Cologix expects the first phase to become available in Q4 2014.
QTS Realty Trust shows progress on Dallas facility
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The firm is showing progress on the Dallas datacenter, with its first phase planned to open in July.
Server Farm Realty acquires Oak Brook Technology Center for $16.25m
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company has acquired the Oak Brook Technology Center at 800 and 810 Jorie Blvd. in Oak Brook, Illinois, for $16.25m. The property sits on 13.49 acres of land and consists of two buildings totaling 193,688 square feet of rentable space.
Carter Validus acquires AT&T's San Diego datacenter
HITS Insight - January, 2014
The company bought the AT&T California Data Center for $134.5m plus closing costs. The deal was a purchase with a lease back to AT&T Services; it was the REIT's sixth datacenter acquisition in 2013.
CyrusOne boosts Houston West power and completes Carrollton expansion
HITS Insight - December, 2013
The datacenter services provider has increased its Houston West campus' power 3MW for high-performance computing and completed a 60,000-square-foot second data hall with 12MW of critical load at its Carrollton, Texas, datacenter.
Interxion to build seventh datacenter in Amsterdam
HITS Insight - December, 2013
The company will open the first phase of its seventh datacenter in Amsterdam in Q1 2014, to meet demand for colocation services. At full buildout, the facility will provide 7,300 square meters of space.
Internap opens hybrid datacenter to serve the New York metro area
HITS Insight - December, 2013
Are New York and New Jersey overbuilt? Not according to Internap, which has just opened a new datacenter in Secaucus. The facility provides 13,500 square feet of operational space in phase I.
21Vianet reports strong hosting and colocation revenue for Q3
HITS Insight - November, 2013
21Vianet Group reported nearly 30% year-over-year revenue growth in the third quarter. Hosting and related services (colocation) revenue was up 54.3% from the year-ago quarter.
Cascade Divide opens Roseburg datacenter, plans a Bend datacenter
HITS Insight - November, 2013
The company recently held an open house for its newest datacenter in Roseburg, Oregon, and is planning to build a second datacenter in Bend, Oregon.
Carter Validus acquires AT&T datacenter in Tennessee for $109.2m
HITS Insight - November, 2013
Carter Validus has acquired an AT&T datacenter property in Nashville, Tennessee for $109.2m. The datacenter has 347,515 gross square feet and provides 103,000 square feet of raised floor. AT&T leases 100% of the facility.
DataBank upgrades its Minneapolis VeriSpace datacenter
HITS Insight - November, 2013
An expansion of the white-floor capacity of its recently acquired VeriSpace datacenter in South Minneapolis is nearing completion, in addition to an upgrade to the electrical and cooling infrastructure to support higher-density customer requirements.
Windstream's business revenue in Q3 helps offset wholesale losses
HITS Insight - November, 2013
The company reported Q3 revenue of $1.5bn. On a pro forma basis, revenue was down slightly, while business services revenue was up. Data and integrated services revenue came in at $406.5m, up year over year on a pro forma basis.
NCC: A carrier hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska?
HITS Insight - November, 2013
Nebraska Colocation Centers has opened its new datacenter in Lincoln. The company aims to create the city's only carrier hotel to drive colocation services.
MTDC customer win roundup: Digital Realty, Telx, Data Centers Canada, DataSpace
HITS Insight - October, 2013
Multi-tenant datacenter wins continue, with demand stemming from multiple industries for datacenter services to support business-critical and disaster-recovery operations.
DuPont Fabros reports solid Q3 results with new leases and commencements
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company reported revenue of $96.3m for Q3, primarily due to new lease commencements. DuPont Fabros commenced four leases totaling 11.48MW, and signed three leases for a total of 7.15MW.
US Signal breaks ground for 20,000-square-foot datacenter
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company is planning a purpose-built datacenter in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be available by July 2014. The site for the greenfield project includes the capacity to expand by 20,000 square feet.
Interxion scrambles to meet demand in Frankfurt, will build ninth datacenter in a hurry
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company is set to build its ninth datacenter on its Frankfurt campus. The brownfield development project consists of a single phase that will provide 800 square meters of operational space with 1MW of critical load.
Savvis expands in the Minneapolis market
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company is expanding its footprint in the Minneapolis market and adding a second datacenter. We believe Minneapolis is one of the more underserved emerging major markets in North America.
CapRate Events hosts Greater Texas Data Center Summit in Dallas
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The Texas Data Center Summit was held on October 10 in Dallas, with some 425 panelists and attendees, nearly matching the attendance of its Greater New York Data Center Summit and Expo earlier this year.
Alpheus Communications adds second Houston datacenter
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company has opened its second datacenter in Houston. It has invested roughly $500,000 in the facility, which provides some 6,000 square feet of space. The on-net datacenter connects to Alpheus' DWDM fiber network.
NEXTDC's Sydney S1 datacenter open for business
HITS Insight - October, 2013
NEXTDC has officially opened its S1 datacenter site in Sydney. The facility features 22,000 square meters across five stories.
Stream Data Centers breaks ground in San Antonio
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company has broken ground for its private datacenter greenfield development project in San Antonio, Texas. The facility will be a 75,840-gross-square-foot datacenter, and fully commissioned and ready for occupancy in July 2014.
C7 Data Centers acquires IntegraTechs
HITS Insight - October, 2013
The company has expanded its managed services capabilities by acquiring IntegraTechs, which will serve as a division of C7, add 60 employees and bolster IT support services including cloud migration, development, security and IT outsourcing.
CyrusOne's Phoenix datacenter campus update
HITS Insight - September, 2013
The provider purchased a 40-acre land parcel to build a datacenter campus of ultimately eight buildings with up to one million square feet of raised floor. The first phase provided 38,000 square feet of raised floor.
CRE's inaugural Texas Data Center Summit in Dallas
HITS Insight - September, 2013
CapRate Events (CRE) is holding its inaugural Texas Data Center Summit on October 10 at The Renaissance Dallas Hotel. The event features 40 plus speakers participating in 10 panel discussions with an expected audience of 350-400 attendees.
Digital Realty expands Digital Houston Data campus
HITS Insight - September, 2013
The company has added two new datacenter buildings, a total of 112,000 gross square feet of space, to its 21-acre Digital Houston Data Campus. Two geoscience companies serving the energy industry leased the capacity taking down 7.3MW of critical load.
C7 Data Centers to open second Bluffdale, Utah datacenter
HITS Insight - September, 2013
The company's Granite II facility will provide 25,000 square feet of office space and 35,000 square feet of net sellable space in its first phase.
Hawaiian Telcom to acquire SystemMetrics
HITS Insight - September, 2013
Hawaiian Telcom Holdco plans to acquire SystemMetrics in a cash transaction valued at $16m. Hawaiian Telcom has targeted completion of the transaction for September 30.
21Vianet forms joint venture with Dongguan Municipal People's government
HITS Insight - September, 2013
The company has entered into a joint venture with the Dongguan Municipal People's government in Guangdong province to jointly build a new Internet datacenter and provide cloud computing-related services in Dongguan.
Telx expands at 350 E. Cermak in downtown Chicago
HITS Insight - September, 2013
The firm has added two new suites offering 1.2MW of critical load at its Chicago datacenter (CHI1) at 350 E. Cermak. Telx's footprint now spans 8 suites supported by more than 3.7MW of critical load.
451 Research publishes MTDC Supply - Europe and Asia-Pacific Top Markets report
HITS Insight - September, 2013
451 Research has released a new report, Multi-Tenant Datacenter Supply: Europe and Asia-Pacific Top Markets – 2013, which gives readers a detailed look at the top four datacenter markets in Europe and the top four markets in Asia-Pacific region.

 

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