Data Specialties Inc. becomes an approved Trade Ally of Ameren Missouri

St. Louis, MO: Data Specialties Inc., has announced that it is an approved Trade Ally of Ameren Missouri, allowing them to participate in Ameren’s BizSavers program.

The BizSavers program ( offers cash incentives and technical assistance to small businesses, commercial, and industrial electric customers to help them reduce energy consumption and costs.


Data Specialties Inc. is a national data center services company that will provide data center optimization and efficiency services under the program.

“Data Centers are historically designed for reliability over efficiency, and our mission within the program is to help our customers achieve both.”

“With the growing importance of information processing to our nation’s economy, businesses are using more powerful IT equipment. We are glad to encourage our customers to upgrade their IT equipment and data centers through cash incentives for improved energy efficiency,” said Shelly Hendry, program manager of the BizSavers Program, “allowing them to minimize their energy costs while continuing to meet their computing and analytical business needs.”

The Ameren Missouri Trade Ally Network gives DSI an edge in making their business readily accessible to customers seeking data center energy efficiency equipment and specialists.

“We are excited about the opportunity to provide energy efficient solutions to our customers within the Ameren footprint. And most importantly, to help bring incentives to encourage them to be as efficient as they can be.”

For more information about Data Specialties Inc. and their focus on energy efficiency, you can read their corporate responsibility statement here, or visit their website at

Data Specialties Inc. Two-Booth Approach at HIMSS 2013 a Success!

Data Specialties, Inc. was among the list of 1,200 exhibitors at last week’s HIMSS 2013 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  But they were among only a handful of professional design/build contractors supporting the over 34,000 attendees that made their way to the conference.

This year’s theme was “Health IT: Right Time. Right Place. It’s On.”  The one millions square foot show floor was filled with new tech from the likes of Agfa Healthcare, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Palantir, all promising to power next-gen health care.

Within the data center services sphere, companies such as Peak Uptime, Razor Insights, Charter Business, and SSI found their place in the exhibit hall.

DSI took a two-booth approach, staffing locations at either end of the exhibit hall to maximize the company’s exposure.  “We felt like this would provide us the best opportunity to reach out to the highest number of attendees about data center consulting and design/build services” said Steve Borley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for DSI.

According to a HIMSS survey, roughly half of healthcare industry CIOs said their IT budgets would definitely increase this year, and another 29 percent said expenditures would likely go up.

The number of healthcare professions seeking DSI’s data center services supported these percentages.  Overwhelmingly, the majority of end users saw a correlation between IT spending and a net impact on their data centers.  According to Jeff McCartney, Western Region Business Development Manager for DSI, booth activity “…was clearly driven by the need for additional capacity in terms of space, power or cooling to support new IT initiatives.”

Timing within the healthcare was another takeaway.  “There are still many healthcare organizations out there,” McCartney said, “that have delayed upgrades as long as they can.  The flood of IT projects is pushing the tipping point.  In healthcare, this is the year of the data center.”


Data Specialties Inc. – Thank You 2012, Hello 2013! – a year in review

2013-Happy New Year from DSI2013 could very well be the year of the “Data Center”, or at least data center technologies and advancements.  According to Data Center Knowledge, sales picked up in the second half of 2012, and many vendors report that customers are finally starting to understand the value in operating their own data centers. Data Center Knowledge published an article about 10 predictions for the data center market and DCIM in 2013.  (Read it here.)

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Data Specialties Inc. (DSI) partners with AFCOM and 24/7 Exchange at a Kansas City Sustainable Data Center Golf Event

Always eager to get involved, Data Specialties Inc.’s St. Louis office participated in AFCOM/24X7 Exchange’s “Green Grid” 4th quarter meeting October 12, 2012 on the Sprint Campus in Kansas City, MO.   Launched in 2011, The Green Grid model integrates every aspect of the data center from power and cooling to more efficient computers, storage and networks.  Over 120 industry professionals met up to network, golf, and update their knowledge in the Green Grid methodology, which was developed to serve as a comprehensive model, providing clear goals and direction that map out what can and should be done over time to improve overall efficiency and sustainability throughout the data center industry. In addition to fun and friendly networking, rounds of golf, food and drinks, attendees were exposed to subject matter that focused on strategies, models and best practices for building and managing sustainable data centers for economic, social, and environmental benefits.

The DSI St. Louis team made great headway as a corporate “Hole Sponsor” and look forward to participating in more industry networking events that foster both networking and having a good time!

DSI at Data Center World Fall 2012 – Nashville, TN

The Sales & Marketing team at Data Specialties Inc. just returned from exhibiting at this week’s AFCOM Data Center World Fall 2012 Conference & Expo in Nashville, TN. While it was a smaller show than the same produced in the Spring, DCW brought out a fair share of data center industry heavy weights, as well as the little guys (up and coming SME’s), and even a handful of vendors and suppliers new to our close knit data center market. With its slightly extended expo hours and a more “down home” location in Tennessee, Data Center World turned out to be a year ending show with pretty good ROI potential.

DSI’s sales team, which included our newest team members from our recently opened St. Louis office, were consistently busy fielding questions and inquiries on our data center design-build services. With 2012 coming to a close, participation in industry trade shows will be tapering off until the cycle restarts in the new year, and we welcome the opportunity to get back out there and meet many more future and existing clients, vendors, and partners. To read more about our 2012 trade show and marketing success click here.

Next stop….The Healthcare Design Conference in Phoenix, AZ….stay tuned!

Data Specialties Inc. – Designs and Builds Data Centers Nationwide

Data Specialties Inc. Expert Data Center Design-Builders

DSI St. Louis – Ready to Meet Your Data Center Design-Build Needs

We’ve officially announced our grand opening in St. Louis, MO.  By now you’ve read the official Press Release, and quite possibly already checked out our New Hire Profile Listing for Regional Manager Jon Jonz on the St. Louis Business Journal website, so now let us give you a peek into the bustling office environment that is Data Specialties Inc. – St. Louis!

Our staff in St. Louis are a knowledgeable and happy bunch, ready to assist you with your data center needs in any way they can!

With over 20 years experience in the field, St. Louis Regional Manager Jon Jonz is always deep in thought about providing the best in DSI’s data center design-build services.

St. Louis Technical Manager Mike Balles hard at work researching the latest in data center energy efficiency and technology. DSI prides itself on keeping abreast with the latest in data center technology and regulations.

With over 30 years experience, DSI – St. Louis Construction Manager Kevin Mattison works hard to ensure Data Specialties Inc. clients receive the best ROI in time and materials for their data center project. A DSI key to success!

From the outside looking in, it may seem a little quiet now, but DSI – St. Louis is running full steam ahead, ready to provide Data Specialties Inc.’s expertise and service to the data center needs of the mid U.S. region.

Data Center Design-Build Firm, Data Specialties Inc., Opens Office in St. Louis, MO



Contact:  Lance Morcos, DSI Design/Marketing Coordinator at (714) 523-8489

Orange County, CA – August 27, 2012 – Data Specialties Inc. (DSI) has been providing nationwide data center design-build services for over 20 years from its headquarters in Orange County, California.  Due to the strong growth of company demand and the increase in data center activity in the eastern half of the country, DSI sought an anchored presence in the midland region to better serve its clients and existing projects in middle America.  Having existing office locations in Phoenix, Arizona, Sacramento and Orange County, California, St. Louis was an attractive central location due to DSI’s targeted expansion into the nearby regions of Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Ohio, Nebraska, and Georgia.

“With a home base that can serve and focus on the central part of the United States, we will be on track towards our projected growth of doubling the size of our market share and creating a truly national footprint over the next two years”, states Steve Borley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Data Specialties Inc.

In order to bring the same level of industry knowledge and expertise to the central part of the states, DSI has recruited a few of the industry’s top talent already rooted in the local area.  Jon Jonz, newly appointed Regional Manager for DSIs St. Louis office, has over 20 years of experience in the construction and data center services industry. Jonz’s most recent experience includes the organization and start-up of a data center consulting firm and he is active in numerous regional data center organizations, including AFCOM, in addition to being a founding member of the St. Louis Gateway Board of Directors. He regularly speaks at trade shows and corporate events across the country, and is a recognized expert in the areas of cooling and power efficiency. Jonz will be responsible for the general management and sales efforts of the St. Louis office.

Mike Balles is a 28-year veteran of the data center industry and the Technical Manager for DSI – St. Louis. He specializes in the planning and design of technical facilities as well as the design and construction of data centers, network switching facilities, call centers, cable television head-ends, cell sites, and healthcare facilities.  Balles’s career includes work as lead designer and project manager for several design, engineering, and data center design/build firms. He is also a member of a number of construction and data center service organizations.

Kevin Mattison is the Construction Manager for DSI’s St. Louis office.  For the past decade, Kevin has been managing construction of ground-up and renovation projects for mission critical facilities and has more than 30 years of hands on experience in the field.

With its new facility now open and fully staffed with local area data center professionals, DSI is ready and able to fulfill Midwest, as well as east coast, data center projects and inquiries.  With licensing in over 24 states, Data Specialties Inc. is officially standing strong as a nationwide data center design-build construction firm.

For more information on Data Specialties Inc., visit their website at or contact them toll free at 800-454-5164.


DSI sets up in St. Louis

St. Louis - DSI's newest neighborhood

Data Specialties, Inc., a nationwide data center design-build firm, proudly announces the opening of a new branch office located in St. Louis, MO. As a primary data center market, DSI found St. Louis to be optimal due to its central US location, reasonable electricity, easy access to available fiber optics and bustling data center popularity. Over 10 Fortune 500 companies and 5 of the top 10 North American data centers are also located here, making the choice for DSI to establish an office that much easier and allowing DSI to establish an even greater presence in the data center design-build industry. With nearly 13 colocation centers and numerous corporate data centers in St. Louis, DSI looks to build upon current relations and future expansions into its new territory. Stay tuned for more details of our newest location and staff members in the coming weeks!