Archive for November, 2014

Please Don’t Make Me Raise Our Prices to Earn Your Business

We Like Our Current Prices … Because “They Are FAIR”  cash

As you may have heard, SecureData 365 is opening a new Cleveland data center in March/April.  Our pending Cleveland data center has opened dialogue with numerous firms looking for an alternative to their current Northeast Ohio data center. Discussions usually lead to a price quote from us which tends to lead to some questions like:

“Are you sure this pricing is right?”

“You must be missing something because I am paying significantly more today?”

“These prices don’t look right, you are significantly lower – what’s the catch?”

More than five years ago we founded SecureData 365 as the kind of data center we wished existed.  It may sound strange – but we wanted to create data centers that were not only reliable and secure, but also FAIR.  

Coming together as former employees and/or clients of other large data center companies – we knew what we wanted SecureData 365 to be; based on both the good and bad practices we had seen and experienced. One of these “bad” practices happens to be marking up power pricing.

And we’re not talking a simple “handling” or “convenience” fee – we are talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars in marked up costs each year.  One company came to us asking for a quote for seven cabinets.  Needless to say they were both thrilled and confused when they saw it would cost approximately $100 thousand dollars less per year in power alone at SecureData 365 compared to their current Northeast Ohio data center provider.

SecureData 365 only charges for the power you use.  Why?  We feel it’s fair to pay only for what you use. This repeatedly puts me in some bizarre situations and conversations with potential new clients. The fact that other data centers in the area are marking up power prices makes SecureData 365’s price quotes look incomplete or make us look like less than the world-class data center we are in Canton and will be in Cleveland.  Which leads me to ask…

Do I have to raise my prices to earn your business or can we just agree that fair is fair?

And unfortunately power is not the only thing businesses in a typical Ohio data center are being overcharged for.  Ever hear of a cross connect?

In layman’s terms it is a $15 copper or $50 fiber cable. In the data center world, a cross connect costs several hundred dollars a month – but not at SecureData 365 where we charge you only once for the $15 to $50 it costs for the cable and the few minutes it takes to plug the cable in.  Again we feel that this is only FAIR!

Another quote revealed that two point-to-point data circuit connections to customer locations and redundant connections between data centers was almost $150 thousand less per year than one of our Northeast Ohio competitors.  Is this because we pay people less?  Do we get some sort of special connectivity rates?  NO and NO.

As you can see, it is easy for a data center to mark up prices – but at SecureData 365 you pay what we pay – period. We’re in the business of providing fairly priced, excellent value data center services… not as a middleman for connectivity or utility charges.

We won’t even charge customers a fee for fiber connections between our Canton and Cleveland centers because we see it as our “cost of doing business” to support disaster recovery and replication.  Allowing you to use assets we have in place is something we see as fair if you choose to utilize both of our world class data centers in Canton and Cleveland. And as long as we are discussing it – you can be assured that you will have your own secure segment on this redundant fiber at the speed requested and be able to monitor your segment of our fiber with our NetScout analytic tools.

We are in the data center business – and we are sure you’ll find that we are the best in the business.  And I am sorry; I am not going to raise my prices to prove it.

Want to learn about our plans for our new Cleveland data center and learn what fair pricing looks like? Give us a call or email at!

Canton Charge Welcome SecureData 365 As Presenting Partner

Canton-Based Data Center Leads group of Partners Added for 2014-15 Season

chargesdlogoCANTONThe Canton Charge, the NBA Development League team owned and operated by the Cleveland Cavaliers, today announced a new multi-year partnership with Canton-based SecureData 365, Ohio’s premier data center company, to be its Presenting Partner beginning with the forthcoming 2014-15 NBA Development League season.

“Our partnership with SecureData 365 is a milestone for the franchise and demonstrates the continued growing support from our local business community,” stated Charge SVP/COO Mike Levy.  “Their commitment to the Charge and the Canton area is important and impactful, and we thank them for that.  We also look forward to working together to extend our brands throughout Northeast Ohio.”

As the Charge’s Presenting Sponsor, the company’s name and logo will be incorporated into a full and dynamic assortment of team marketing and promotional elements.  The partnership will also extend to all other teams in the Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena family, including media and in-arena marketing components with the Cavaliers, Cleveland Gladiators (AFL), and Lake Erie Monsters (AHL).  SecureData 365 is slated to open a facility in downtown Cleveland in the Spring of 2015.

The company, with headquarters in Canton, is Ohio’s premier data center company providing businesses with cloud computing, co-location, disaster recovery, and backup solutions.

“We are thrilled to be able to give back to the business community and citizens of Stark County who have made our tremendous growth possible,” explains Tim Barta, CFO of SecureData 365.  “As a longtime business resident of Canton expanding to Cleveland, we’re thrilled to be able to contribute to our home communities and their sporting institutions,” added Ernie Blood, CEO of SecureData 365.

The Charge also announced the recent additions of new corporate partners including the University of Akron, Consumers National Bank, Two Fat Guys BBQ, Nom Nom Popcorn and Dunkin’ Donuts as well as the extension of Aultman/AultCare, a Founding Partner of the Charge and the team’s official medical provider.

The Charge open the 2014-15 season at home against the Delaware 87ers on Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. Single game tickets for all 2014-2015 Canton Charge regular season home games are on sale now! To view the 2014-15 Canton Charge home schedule complete with promotions and special deals, head to

2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships are on sale now starting at just $5 per game! Premium Memberships are also available with VIP Club access including food, Budweiser & Pepsi products starting at just $40 per game! Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more, with Fan Experience Packages such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court! For 2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to or call 866-444-1944.

About the Charge: The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.

About SecureData 365:  SecureData365 is a premier, state-of-the-art data center company headquartered in Canton, Ohio with an additional center in Cleveland, Ohio opening early 2015.  Designed from the ground-up to deliver unwavering power and connectivity thanks to multiple redundant systems, SecureData 365 offers the stability and reliability required by enterprise clients.  SecureData 365 offers protected and safeguarded services including colocation, virtual computing, storage and backup, and business continuity.  More information about SecureData 365 can be accessed online at

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