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Salute Mission Critical empowers data center sector’s global growth by leveraging the military background of its specialized technicians

Detroit, MI – March 11, 2020 – Salute Mission Critical, a global data center services company, is on a mission to solve the data center industry’s growing shortage of skilled talent. By working in partnership with Salute, the company’s clients benefit both from world-class services delivered with military precision and a long-term solution to their staffing shortage.  With 350 full-time staff operating data centers for the most innovative and fastest-growing companies in the world, Salute continues to prove its unique engagement model.

To mark its continued growth, Salute has unveiled a refreshed website that better reflects its core goal of transitioning veterans, who often face a shortage of skilled private sector opportunities, into vibrant careers within the data center sector. It has also launched a new Global Command Center that will enhance its scalability and reach as it coordinates vital data center management services for the facilities its clients own. As a trusted advisor to multiple data center providers, Salute is a critical piece of the solution for attracting and retaining talent within a sector shaping the future of the internet.

At the end of 2019, EnterpriseAI noted that surging enterprise demand for the hyperscale data center services powering the future of communication and collaboration is being stymied by a growing skills gap. The Uptime Institute’s 2019 Data Center Survey also supports this observation, noting that 60% of respondents reported difficulties finding and retaining employees, including data center technicians. Lee Kirby, Chairman and Co-Founder of Salute Mission Critical, believes his organization is uniquely positioned to help data center operators meet their staffing needs.

“At Salute, we really are a bridge for veterans to reach the data center industry and start careers,” Mr. Kirby notes. “The sector’s critical shortage of skilled resources is driving our company’s growth as data center providers continue to see value in the world-class data center technicians developed through our transition and training programs. As a premier IT Data Center Lifecycle services company, we can deploy wherever our clients need us to help build out, manage and decommission data center sites with high-quality results. With our Global Command Center, our team members can monitor our clients’ sites from afar, ensuring that all facility operations comply with stringent standards and processes.”

As a triple bottom line company, Salute measures its effectiveness in both commercial and social terms. Since its inception in 2013, the company has worked with its clients to bring its brand of “military precision” to data center operations across North America, South America and Europe. Salute’s ability to provide reliable, expert services to any type of data center, from hyperscale to hyperlocal facility, often results in its recruits being hired by clients for full-time positions. As a result, the organization is creating a sustainable funnel for future veterans to find long-term employment in the data center sector.

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About Salute Mission Critical

Salute Mission Critical is a global Data Center services company that delivers a new operating model that is agile, resilient and scalable. From web-scale to edge clients and their tenants, the Salute operating model is more cost-effective, more resilient and strategically advantageous. Salute delivers world-class services to the fastest growing data center companies around the world. The Salute operating model is built on a rich history that skillfully integrates military precision with best practices from the industry. Salute deploys, manages and decommissions data center sites with consistent, high-quality results.

Our ability to recruit, train, deploy and support our teams is unique and proves the value of military training, practices and veterans as the forgotten talent pool of disciplined, adaptable and trainable personnel. The meteoric growth of Salute has had the dual benefit of helping data center clients rapidly grow and change without risk as well as helping thousands of veterans start careers in the data center industry. For many veterans, this has dramatically changed their lives and those of their family members for the better. Salute has been recognized by the industry as the best example of a business with a social conscience.

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