CPG, in tandem with Canara, to lead the way with predictive analytics

designed to transform the data center industry

ASHBURN, VA – January 30, 2019 – CPG announced today that funds managed by Columbia Capital, a private equity firm focused on internet infrastructure, enterprise IT, and mobility, with over $3B in fund commitments raised, will acquire a majority interest in the company and merge them with Canara, a Columbia Capital portfolio company. The transaction will provide CPG with increased access to capital in support of its aggressive growth strategy, while the merger will allow CPG to leverage Canara’s proprietary predictive analytics software and expand their cutting-edge capabilities in the data center industry. The newly formed entity will operate under the CPG company name and Tom Mertz, former CEO of Canara, will serve as CEO. CPG Managing Partners Gerry Jepson and Anthony Rizzo will remain material shareholders and continue to manage day-to-day operations of their existing business units. 

“We have been looking for a world-class service organization to support the ongoing growth of Canara’s predictive analytics platform,” said Patrick Hendy, partner at Columbia Capital. “CPG’s long-standing reputation for excellent service, combined with their strong management team and focus on partnerships, made them the perfect choice. To this end, CPG’s Managing Partners, Gerry Jepson and Anthony Rizzo, will play an integral role in the new senior management team and have been named Presidents of their respective divisions.” 

“When Columbia Capital acquired Canara in 2012, we developed a strategic plan to leverage our proprietary technology platform supported by world-class services,” says Tom Mertz, CEO. “At Canara, we’ve had tremendous success applying our predictive technology to batteries then leveraging our service platform to more effectively manage battery assets. With this merger, we will expand beyond batteries; fully realizing our strategic vision to leverage our technology to better design, build and operate the data centers of the future. It’s a very exciting time for all of us.”

“Columbia Capital has a proven track record of success and expertise in the data center category and their backing will allow us to deliver products and services that will take both CPG and our customers to the next level,” says Gerry Jepson. “Leveraging Canara’s proprietary predictive analytics software will enable us to take advantage of the industry trends in AI and Big Data to optimize our service offerings and maximize the benefits to our partners.” 

“This recapitalization will enable us to continue to fund the exponential growth CPG has been experiencing over the past several years,” adds Anthony Rizzo. “We’ve just scratched the surface of the potential in this industry and this move positions CPG to help reshape the global data center industry.”

The newly formed company will be headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia.

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About CPG: Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, CPG is at the heart of the data center industry. CPG experts are the innovators for cutting-edge data center and cloud solutions. For 20 years, CPG has been providing full-life cycle, mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the world’s most demanding companies by combining and applying the latest facilities infrastructure power, cooling, security and controls at all scales and densities, including modular and hyperscale.

About Canara: With over 20 years of experience in the data center industry, Canara is a leading provider of predictive analytics and battery asset management services. Canara Critical Power Analytics helps data centers across the globe maximize uptime and ensure efficient asset management of critical backup power systems. Canara Battery Services offers full turnkey battery services. Together, Canara's seasoned team of critical power analysts and field services team provide unmatched visibility and intelligence into essential operations in order to detect potential threats, prevent problems and protect assets. Headquartered in Atlanta and with a West Coast hub in San Rafael, California, Canara’s customers include leading global companies such as Equinix, Cyxtera, Digital Realty Trust, Cologix, and Fidelity Investments. For more information, please visit and follow @Canara on Twitter.

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Betsy Henry

Loudoun Clear Marketing, LLC


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CPG Hires Industry Veteran Jeff Ivey as Part of Ongoing Expansion

ASHBURN, VA – December 6, 2018 - CPG, the full-spectrum data center solutions provider, announced today that Jeff Ivey, a seasoned Data Center executive, will be joining the company as part of their ongoing expansion plan. With a focus on increasing market penetration, both domestically and internationally, as well as awareness of the company and the full depth and breadth of its capabilities, CPG cited Jeff’s extensive knowledge, industry insight and strong communication skills as reasons for their selection.

With over 30 years of experience, Jeff is a sought-after thought leader in the data center category. A frequent speaker and panel participant for organizations such as CAPRE and BISNOW, Jeff is also an active Board member for several industry organizations. His career highlights include nearly a decade of working with Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) in their Government Services and Data Center division, with a focus on hyperscale and colocation, as well as extensive experience in facilities operations with a wide range of high-profile customers.

“Jeff will play an integral role in business development and organizational operations at CPG,” says CPG Managing Partner, Anthony Rizzo. “His project management capabilities, combined with his industry involvement and expertise, will be a huge asset to CPG as the company continues to grow, both in the U.S. and throughout Europe and Asia. We’re excited to have him on board.”

About CPG

Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, CPG is at the heart of the data center industry. CPG experts are the innovators for cutting-edge data center and cloud solutions. For 20 years, CPG has been providing full-lifecycle, mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the world’s most demanding companies by combining and applying the latest facilities infrastructure power, cooling, security and controls at all scales and densities, including modular and hyperscale.

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Liz Phlegar, Strategic Marketing Director

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The Five Benefits of Modular Container Design

In our previous blog, ‘The Changing Shape (and Size) of Data Centers,’ we talked about modular data centers as a natural evolution in design of mission-critical facilities. Within an ever-changing computing landscape, modular container design has created an economical deployment methodology that is being utilized by hyperscale providers, corporations, governments, and educational institutions. In our previous blog we discussed how this evolution has taken place within the historical context of data center design and the economics of computing in the modern world. In this blog we will talk about the benefits of the new modular approach.

While there are a host of reasons, we think that all of the benefits of modular container design and deployment can be summed up with these five drivers:

  1. Spatially elastic: Modular containers are very adaptable to the environment in which it finds itself and can work in any number of configurations. Containers can be housed in a warehouse or placed outside, on their own. They can be stacked without need of additional structural design. They also complement existing architecture. Rather than retrofitting or rebuilding rooms in facilities to house the computer equipment, electrical and mechanical infrastructure, and network, you only need to find 20 or 40 feet of space to set a container.
  1. Highly secure: Modular containers provide a higher level of security on several fronts. The container itself is a highly secure solution. Built of steel, containers can withstand threats ranging from vandalism and tampering to wind and debris. Because they are built off-site, they can also be shipped to highly secure locations, eliminating the need for crews of contractors and their costly clearances and confidentiality requirements for these types of projects.
  1. Custom built: Almost by definition, the modular nature of the containerized data center lends itself to customization. The electrical and mechanical infrastructure are sized directly to the computing application, resulting in higher efficiencies and lower PUE’s. It also allows the organization to deploy according to its computing needs and redeploy elsewhere if computing needs change. 
  1. Highlyportable: Have you ever tried to move a stick-built data center? When new data centers are built, they are accompanied by a data center migration – a complex and nerve-racking move of server, storage, and network equipment from the old facility. Today, containerized modular data centers can literally be packed up and shipped worldwide. They are easy to transport over the road, by sea, or by plane.
  1. Fast: The process of designing and building a container is turnkey, with all of the benefits of design-build construction. This means that the owner works with a single, unified team to implement the project. It also means that the process, from design to delivery, is shorter and less expensive. Also, containerized solutions are commissioned in the factory which means that the unit is ready for operation as soon as it reaches the site.

The benefits of modular container data centers are drivers for a shift in the way data centers are design and deployed. With improved flexibility, efficiency, speed and cost of deployment, it is a shift that we believe is the natural evolution of data center design. Click here for more information about how CPG is taking part in the design evolution.

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