Growing Berks firm gets $8M new home

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With many businesses’ increasing dependence on cloud computing, Omega Systems Consulting Inc. of West Lawn is expecting continued growth for its data center services.

To meet that demand, the company bought a new, larger facility near its current headquarters at 3020 Penn Ave. in West Lawn. The new $8 million data center will be at 1121 Snyder Road, also in West Lawn, and is expected to be the home of 60 employees as Omega looks to eventually double its workforce.

“Computers are becoming like electricity. You need them to run your business,” said Bill Kiritsis, founder and owner of the firm.

Having such a center keeps a business in touch with its sensitive data remotely – even after a disaster strikes, he noted.

Spokeswoman Erin Smith said the company was getting pretty close to “maxed out” in its existing 500-square-foot data center and that the new home will have room to grow.

“It has a capacity of 5,000 square feet. We will build as we go based on need,” she said of the data center. Kiritsis said the new center will start at 1,500 square feet.

“We’ve been in business for over 10 years and it’s been constant growth,” he said.

Since Omega Systems added managed hosting services four years ago, its growth rate generally has been 75 percent year over year, he said.

Kiritsis said he believes the big jump in square footage is warranted based on his growth predictions.

Still, the data center will only be one part of the new 25,000-square-foot facility, he said.

He said the building will be a disaster recovery center for businesses and will have four conference rooms on site.

Kiritsis said Omega is focused on small- to medium-sized business, especially firms in the financial and medical fields.

He said the specific demands for data security and continuity in those industries are a big reason for the new facility’s $8 million price tag.

“You need redundancies, backup generators, security and fire suppression. Those are all expensive to install,” he explained.

Kiritsis noted that since the company began managed hosting, it has grown its staff from eight to 30 people. With the expanded facility, he expects to add another 30 employees over the next five years.

The company also plans to keep its Penn Avenue facility as a disaster recovery site, as well as a facility it also runs in Ohio.

Kiritsis said construction on the new building will begin this month and should take about six months.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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