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A pictorial salute to Bernard Daines; four images from the SR archives

It was probably one of 2012's high points for me to have the chance to meet up with Bernard Daines this past month, and include him in our end-of-year “Catching Up With” series at Spokesman.com.

This collage shows four file photos, On top left, Daines back in 1997 as he was developing Packet Engines. At the right on top, an image from before Daines moved from Silicon Valley to Spokane, which appeared in the San Jose newspaper.

Below left, a staff photo back in 2002 as Daines was guiding Worldwide Packets. On the right, a recent photo taken by Jesse Tinsley.

TierPoint receives partner award for its use of industry-leading net defenses

TierPoint, the Liberty Lake-based data center and hosting service originally launched by tech guru Bernard Daines, got a little recognition this month.

It was named the Fortinet 2012 VIP Partner of the Year for North America.

A press release noted the award is for outstanding achievement and is awarded annually to some of Fortinet’s more than 1,000 distributors and resellers around the world.

TierPoint, which was acquired in May by Cequel Data Centers, is a Fortinet Platinum Partner and has established a growing presence in the education, retail, medical, and enterprise markets as a leader in managed security services, in addition to traditional data center and cloud services.

In short, that means Fortinet is used by TierPoint to help its data hosted companies be protected from security break-ins and cyber attacks.

Spokane Valley’s Ciena operations still producing Carrier Ethernet devices

A week ago we spotted the announcement that tech provider Ciena had signed a deal to replace underwater cable between the U.S. and Japan. This made us wonder if Ciena's Spokane Valley office had anything to do with that coast-to-coast project.

It doesn't, we learned. Ciena acquired the former Worldwide Packets some years ago, and like many out-of-town owners, they've kept a low profile. We're not even sure how many people work in that location, on Sullivan Road.

That operation, since it's the remnant of Bernard Daines' Carrier Ethernet company, is tightly focused on that very technology. If you know much about telecom and enterprise-level delivery of data, you're aware that Carrier Ethernet is still one of the enduring standards.

Instead of doing the underwater cable, the Spokane Valley folks can point to deals like this one in Germany, which shows the enduring appeal of their products.

Liberty Lake TierPoint sold to St. Louis-based Cequel Data Centers

The Spokane area’s largest data center, TierPoint in Liberty Lake, has been acquired by Cequel Data Centers, LLC, a St. Louis-based company with similar operations across the United States.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the size of the transaction was “significant,” according to TierPoint CEO Octavio Morales. He said he could not elaborate on the sale.

While the amount of the purchase was not disclosed, a press release noted that five financial services firms were involved: Goldman Sachs, CapitalSource Bank, US Bank, ING Capital and CoBank.

Morales said TierPoint’s 24 current employees will not be affected. The main goal of the deal, he added, was to provide more capital to help the company grow and reach more Northwest customers.

TierPoint operates three data centers at its campus in Liberty Lake. Together the buildings provide more than 30,000 square feet of raised-floor data-center space and almost 4.4 megawatts of power. Its third data center building also pioneered using geothermal cooling water to control building heat.

The founding investor in TierPoint is Bernard Daines, one of the area’s leading technology advisers. Daines is no longer a manager of the company, having sold his interest to the company’s other partners.

TierPoint’s list of regional clients includes several banks and dozens of Northwest companies including f5, Coldwater Creek, IT-Lifeline and Red Lion Hotels.

The decision to acquire TierPoint was largely based on its offering a location in “one of the safest areas of the United States, with relatively low power costs and high fiber connectivity,” said Paul Estes, the CEO of Cequel Data Centers.

TierPoint’s strategic focus will continue on expansion into colocation, managed technology services and cloud computing services, Estes said.

(Photo: 2007 SR photo)  TierPoint executives, from left, Bernard Daines, Octavio Morales, Chris Walter and Dan Seliger at their headquarters in Liberty Lake.

TierPoint in Liberty Lake adds capacity, plans for the future with a green data center


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Liberty Lake-based data center TierPoint has two announcements this week. First, it’s upgraded its network to 50 gigabits per second capacity.

Second, it’s announced an $8.2 million project to build a third center, TierPoint 3, just down the street from its first and second centers.

The network upgrade means customers who provide Internet and network services from TierPoint will see a faster connection, and even more reliable service, and those who host from the Libery Lake center will have more bandwidth available, said Dan Seliger, one of the partners of the company.

With the new data center, roughly 10,000 square feet, TierPoint is adopting a Green approach to cooling, relying on a system that will draw underground water and use it to cool off the rack room.

About $4.1 million of capital for the project came from financing from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; another $3.1 million came from Evergreen Business Capital; with another $3.1 million provided by a small business loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA).

TIerPoint, which was founded by tech guru Bernard Daines, provided the remaining $1.0 million.

It’s expected to be operating next spring.

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