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Mitchell Wayne Technologies logoMitchell-Wayne Technologies (MWT) was founded in Birmingham, AL in 1995 to provide IT and Helpdesk services. Since then, MWT has expanded its services to provide data protection, cloud computing and managed services for a wide variety of customer environments. President and Founder of MWT, Mitch Hungerpiller says “essentially, Mitchell-Wayne Technologies helps our customers to ‘right-size’ technology by making good technology decisions that match their specific business needs while minimizing downtime and lowering costs of operations.” Hungerpiller emphasizes that “the technology has to be easy to use by employees, and it just needs to work, and I mean always work!”

Mitch visited the DC BLOX Birmingham data center in February 2020 with fellow members of the Entrepreneur Roundtable group of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA). Members heard an overview of DC BLOX services over a catered lunch and took a tour of the data center facility. Though not all members were specifically involved with technology, common reactions included: “Wow,” “Impressive!” and several agreed: “this is a great resource for the Birmingham business community.” Many of the participants were unaware of the fiber network crossroads that the DC BLOX data center sits on that enables high-speed data transport to and from Dallas to the West, Nashville to the North, Atlanta to the East and Florida to the South.

Mitchell-Wayne is the First Customer in DC BLOX Birmingham

Mitchell-Wayne recognized the value of the DC BLOX data center in Birmingham before it was even built. In July 2018, Mitch read the press release announcing the purchase of the Trinity Steel site in Birmingham and immediately contacted Jeff Uphues, CEO of DC BLOX to arrange a meeting. Discussions continued over the next few months and MWT became the first DC BLOX data center customer in Birmingham, moving in shortly after the facility opening in June of 2019.

To meet their growing needs, MWT previously purchased a building in Birmingham in 2005 to house their offices and IT infrastructure. But they were running out of room and they would have had to invest substantially to upgrade the facility. Hungerpiller says “the enterprise-grade power redundancy available in the DC BLOX Tier 3 data center was something we couldn’t have possibly duplicated without a significant investment. The resilient network connections and 24×7 on-site security were big sellers since it’s our job to protect our customers’ data.” So, the deal was sealed.

DC BLOX Enables “Virtually Unlimited Capacity”

Since the first phase of DC BLOX’s Birmingham data center was built on a 27-acre property, it has the ability to substantially expand, as local demand requires. According to Hungerpiller, “I feel like I have virtually unlimited capacity, there is no customer that is too big for me now.” MWT has added colocation to the portfolio of services it offers to its customers, but Hungerpiller says, “colocation is such an outdated term considering everything the DC BLOX data center can do for a growing business.” It’s no longer just a tactical decision to outsource space and power, a modern data center like the DC BLOX Birmingham facility with robust connectivity and its ecosystem of partners enables so many use cases for business continuity, disaster recovery, hybrid cloud, distributed IT, data protection and more. Hungerpiller concludes, “all growing businesses need access to state-of-the-art data center resources, but why would any company today want to be in the business of building and managing their own data centers?” With data center companies like DC BLOX bringing secure, reliable and connected data centers to smaller, growing cities all across the country, that’s a great question Mitch Hungerpiller!

About DC BLOX
DC BLOX is a multi-tenant data center provider delivering the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business. DC BLOX’s network services enable access to a wealth of providers, partners and platforms to businesses across the Southeast. DC BLOX’s connected data centers are in Atlanta, GA; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN, and Birmingham, AL.

About Mitchell-Wayne Technologies
Mitchell-Wayne Technologies, founded in 1995 by Mitch Hungerpiller, offers a wide variety of cost-effective managed IT services to help small and mid-size companies in Birmingham, Alabama save more time, ensure the security of their valuable data, and increase productivity.

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