Need for data protection fuels growth for Capital Data

Last updated on May 13th, 2019 at 02:45 pm



In recent years, Milwaukee-based Capital Data Inc. has changed its focus from just selling computer hardware to consulting and building entire data center solutions for businesses.

The changes have played significant roles in the company’s growth, according to John Steindorf, president.

Capital Data’s revenues grew 50 percent in 2006, and the company has expanded to open offices in Chicago and Minneapolis.

“We’re trying to get our footprints throughout the Midwest with our infrastructure in Milwaukee,” said Steindorf, who took over as president in 2002.


Capital Data is considering future expansions to Iowa or Indiana if things go well with the branch in Minneapolis, Steindorf said.

In addition to selling equipment, Capital Data offers technical consulting services to its clients, focused in five areas: data storage; data protection; data availability; data management; and data security.

New federal government security laws, such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley, are requiring companies to increase the security of their e-mail and data base systems. Capital Data has responded to these needs by expanding its consulting services.

Steindorf predicts that the most significant growth areas of the company will be in data protection and security.

Capital Data offers data protection through a co-location disaster recovery program, which provides clients with a second or even third data center controlled by a third-party, in case the primary center goes down.

The company also offers varying levels of security to client data centers to prevent information from being obtained by external sources or leaked by internal ones.

“We want to make sure that what is internal stays internal,” said Steindorf.

Capital Data Inc.

Address: 310 E. Buffalo St., Milwaukee
Web site:
Industry: IT integrator of data center solutions
Revenues: 50 percent growth in 2006
Employees: 30

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