Bluebird Underground, a Bluebird Network Facility: Underground Data Centers for Resilient Businesses
Michael Morey, President & CEOOver the years, organizations have deployed data center facilities in metropolitan areas closer to businesses to consolidate relationships with customers and enhance customer experiences. But this trend is reversing. Today, building data centers in rural areas has become the new norm to slash operational costs and enhance disaster resilience, especially when those facilities are located underground. “Natural hazards like tornadoes and hurricanes are a constant threat to disrupt operations and connectivity in metropolitan and rural areas,” says Michael Morey, President and CEO, Bluebird Underground. Bluebird Underground, strategically positioned in Springfield, MO, and centrally located to Tulsa, Dallas, Kansas City and St. Louis, provides an extremely reliable and highly secure data center operation for its customers to fulfill their reliability and networking needs while improving their business. “The Bluebird Underground facility is within a mine 85 feet below the earth’s surface, carved out of natural limestone, which provides a safe and secure environment,” adds Morey.
“All of Bluebird Underground’s operational equipment is also located underground to ensure all data center, colocation, and hosted provider needs, including UPS, emergency generators and battery back-up are always 100 percent available,” says Morey. The mine offers a consistent and stable environment enhancing uptime, while the facility’s cooling units and chilled water delivery system ensures standard temperature and humidity set points for customer operations.
When it comes to physical security, “we have six distinct different levels of security that include biometric security, visual inspections, physical guard stations, card access, PIN access, and mantraps,” explains Morey. To ensure secure access control, Bluebird Underground utilizes card access and a biometric scanning system that enables only authorized users to access specific areas including the main data center location and customer specific areas.
Our philosophy for the data center is: Below ground; Above standards
In addition to security measures, Bluebird Underground employs FM-200 fire suppression systems, air sampling systems and a double interlocked zoned sprinkler system, to ensure all preventive steps are taken.
The company is proud to be SOC 2 Type II Certified, which assures clients’ processes and procedures have been verified and their equipment is safe and secure. “Another key differentiating factor that makes the Bluebird Underground Data Center stand out is its diverse connectivity via a multi-state fiber-optic network,” states Morey. Bluebird Network delivers high-speed broadband solutions to rural and urban communities and businesses. “Today, Bluebird Network has over 6,000 fiber route miles of high-speed broadband and fiber-optic connections spanning across the Midwest,” asserts Morey.
With its rapid implementation capability, seamless connectivity, and diverse network facilities, Bluebird has assisted many clients across several verticals. One of Bluebird Underground’s clients on the east coast was taken down by their data center. They contacted Bluebird Underground and were able to go from contract to space ready for installation the same day.
Forging ahead, Bluebird Underground will continue to expand its raised floor space, while Bluebird Network aims to expand its network from 6000 miles to 9000 miles in the months to come. “We are looking forward to adding more data centers within a Midwest footprint and focus on expanding geographically to envelop surrounding states, in addition to gaining deeper insights into existing products, services and needs,” says Morey. “Our philosophy for Bluebird Underground is: Below ground; Above standards.”