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April 03, 2013 08:15 ET

EasyStreet Ramps Up Data Center Operations, Deploys Additional VYCON Flywheel Systems to Protect Its Green Data Center

Flywheels Help Cutting-Edge Facility Maintain Zero Carbon Footprint

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 3, 2013) - VYCON (www.vyconenergy.com), a designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems, is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with cloud, managed services and colocation provider, EasyStreet® Online Services, Inc. The company has ordered several, additional environmentally friendly VDC-XE flywheel systems to protect its state-of-the-art data center, deploying a total of approximately 800kW of clean energy storage.

Recently, EasyStreet (www.easystreet.com) built a new SSAE (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) 16 Type II audited data center and recently finished an energy-saving retrofit to its first data center. The company takes advantage of green technologies in several areas of the data center including cooling and power. The purchase of additional energy efficient flywheel systems not only meets EasyStreet's sustainability initiatives, but it meets the company's need for high nines (9's) of availability.

Reliability is the major concern. Typically, battery-based uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) are used as the primary backup power source in a data center. However, one bad cell in one battery of a chain of "maintenance-free" valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries is enough to bring down the entire battery string. Batteries also require an excessive amount of testing, monitoring and maintenance. For EasyStreet, it was clear that a battery-based UPS would not meet its sustainability initiatives as VRLA batteries are inherently problematic to the environment as they contain toxic chemicals and have to be frequently replaced.

"VYCON's flywheels continue to perform as expected," said Jon Crowhurst, director of technical services at EasyStreet. "Sustainability is a company priority; it's important that this data center operates with a zero carbon footprint. For us that means flywheels as our only source of power backup."

This is the first data center project to qualify for funding through its state's Department of Energy's Small Scale Energy Loan Program (SELP). The company played a pioneering role in developing the state's Department of Energy's expertise in the area of efficient data center design. Through careful planning and implementation of energy smart technologies and systems, the company estimates that it will be able to save 1,532,634 kilowatts a year -- enough energy to power 153 average households.

"VYCON's customers don't need to sacrifice reliability to meet their green initiatives," said Frank DeLattre, president of VYCON. "The additional order from EasyStreet is a testament to our patented technology and its ability to meet large power needs while saving valuable datacenter space, reducing carbon footprint and eliminating maintenance costs associated with VRLA batteries or older flywheel energy storage systems that utilize mechanical bearings. We look forward to fulfilling more orders for EasyStreet as they continue to grow."

The lifetime investment in the VYCON energy storage system is much lower than that of batteries. Over time, each VYCON flywheel system deployed saves users over $200,000 when compared to using VRLA batteries, making VYCON's VDC-XE system a financially attractive solution.

For more information on VYCON's flywheel solutions, visit www.vyconenergy.com or call 714-386-3800. To see VYCON's flywheels in action visit VYCON's YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/VYCONEnergy.

About EasyStreet Online Services
Serving the region since 1995, EasyStreet® Online Services is Oregon's most trusted locally-headquartered enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider. Known for its consultative approach, EasyStreet helps its customers integrate Cloud, colocation and managed services to create the flexible computing infrastructure that meets their needs. EasyStreet offers specialized Professional Services including Cloud migration, Cloud readiness assessment, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning, network, monitoring and architecture design, capacity planning and implementation support. With a long-standing commitment to sustainable practices, EasyStreet buys offsets for 100% of the electricity, water and natural gas its Beaverton facilities consume -- resulting in zero carbon footprint operations. EasyStreet's Beaverton data centers are third-party SSAE 16 Type II audited and Private Cloud environments have been verified for HIPAA/HITECH compliance. Additional information can be found at http://easystreet.com.

About VYCON
VYCON is an innovator in the design and manufacturing of technologically advanced flywheel energy storage systems that enable a highly reliable, cost-effective and "Green" energy storage solution for a variety of applications. VYCON's products are applied in the power quality markets to provide back-up power in mission-critical applications and in the energy re-cycling markets for capturing and regenerating energy in crane, electric rail and distributed generation applications. VYCON is headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif.

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