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Around the (Data Center) World in 10 Minutes!

A conversation with RagingWire CEO Doug Adams and Kelly Morgan from 451 Research

Whereas Jules Verne once took his readers around the world in 80 days, our President and CEO Doug Adams is taking viewers of a new video around the data center world in 10 minutes.

In this video, Doug sat down with 451 Research VP Kelly Morgan and discussed more than 10 hot topics in the data center industry, including these:

  1. How much demand is there for renewable energy in data centers?
  2. What are the most important data center trends in Virginia and Silicon Valley?
  3. How is data center construction changing?
  4. How much appetite is there from customers for global connectivity?
  5. What are the hot markets (domestic and international) that customers want to be in?
  6. How have data centers become more cost-efficient?

For the answers to these and other questions, play this video above to charter your supersonic flight around the data center world!

Announcing the Launch of Our New Podcast Series: "Inside Data Centers"

Data centers are one of the wonders of the Internet Age. These facilities are home to advanced computing systems, innovative apps, streaming videos, and millions of websites. Through our new podcast series titled “Inside Data Centers”, you will go inside these incredible buildings and learn from real-world experts who work there.

Hosted by John Gilroy, who for years was known as “The Computer Guy” on National Public Radio, Inside Data Centers brings together data center insiders to analyze current trends and predict future developments.

Inside Data Centers - Podcast Series

  • In Episode 1, titled “The Past, Present and Future of Data Centers”, Rich Miller, Founder and Editor of Data Center Frontier, and RagingWire Corporate VP James Leach trace the path of data center history and forecast what is next for the industry.
     
  • In Episode 2, titled “The #1 Data Center Market In The World”, James Leach sits down with Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Economic Development for Loudoun County, Virginia, to discuss how Ashburn became the world’s data center colossus, and where the city goes from here.
     
  • In Episode 3, titled “Renewable Energy in Data Centers”, RagingWire VP of Data Center Operations Phillip Sandino and Erik Krause, Director of Retail Product Delivery and Sales for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), describe how their two companies worked together to roll out renewable energy across RagingWire’s Northern California data centers.

We’ve got five more episodes planned for this first season of Inside Data Centers. You can get a seat at the table by accessing the podcasts on RagingWire’s website or on iTunes. Then if you like what you hear, please give us a good review!

Be Ready to Outsmart the Inevitable

We can’t predict earthquakes.

I bet a lot of people don’t know that. With all our modern technology, it stands to reason that we must have some kind of earthquake warning system, like we do for tsunamis. However, in this article titled “Can you predict earthquakes?”, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) clearly says otherwise: Neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake. We do not know how, and we do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future.”

Okay then. They also mention that there is a 100% chance of an earthquake somewhere in the world today, given that several million earthquakes occur annually. That’s pretty scary stuff.

So we can’t see earthquakes coming, and we certainly can’t stop them. But there is something we can do. Be ready for the inevitable.

This is especially true if you happen to do business in one of the more earthquake-prone areas of the world, such as Silicon Valley in California. There will definitely be an impact if a major earthquake hits that area. The question is: how much of an impact will your business feel? For companies that will house their mission-critical computer equipment in RagingWire’s new Silicon Valley SV1 Data Center, the answer is probably “no impact”.

Why are we so sure? Our company has outsmarted devastating earthquakes before.

In 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck with a 9.1 magnitude, damaging more than one million buildings and causing property damage totaling $235 billion. That total made this the costliest natural disaster ever. However, the Tokyo data centers of NTT Communications (RagingWire’s parent company) withstood this earthquake with no damage. How?

NTT’s data centers utilize a base isolation system that incorporates four types of vibration-absorbing devices. This strategic technology reduces any seismic impact by up to 80%, which is more than enough cushioning to protect data vaults and the IT devices within them.

RagingWire’s four-story Silicon Valley SV1 Data Center will be the first facility in Santa Clara to use the same proven earthquake-absorbing technology that NTT does. Even better, SV1 will also be seismically braced on all floors to further dissipate any shaking.

This all adds up to give you peace of mind that your essential equipment will be safe when the next earthquake strikes – and it will. Check out the SV1 Data Center highlights video below and contact us to learn more.

RagingWire Silicon Valley SV1 Data Center, Santa Clara, CA

Why are Data Center Designs Changing Right Now?

Data center designs are changing significantly, and for good reason.

Hyperscale cloud companies and large enterprises are driving new design requirements that include less redundancy, more space, lower costs, and shorter construction times.

Thus, we are at a key inflection point in the history of data centers. The market is changing, and colocation data centers must respond with new ways to provide everything that customers need, and nothing they don’t.

Data Center Knowledge: New Data Center Designs for Hyperscale Cloud and the Enterprise

RagingWire is proud to collaborate with Data Center Knowledge to produce a webinar and a white paper, both titled “New Data Center Designs for Hyperscale Cloud and the Enterprise”, that explain how this new design will be executed, and how customers will benefit.  

Click here to listen to the webinar, in which RagingWire VP of Product Management Bruno Berti shares how data center customers are benefitting from this new design, and RagingWire VP of Critical Facilities Engineering and Design Bob Woolley explains how data centers are delivering that design. Bruno and Bob are preceded on the webinar by 30-year technology journalist Scott Fulton, who gives an enthusiastic and entertaining retrospective of how we got to this point in the evolution of data center design.

Click here to download the white paper, which shows how this new design addresses the facility, power, cooling, telecommunications and security requirements of hyperscale and enterprise applications, while also lowering costs and improving overall data center performance and availability.

Webinar Examines How to Make Renewable Energy Happen in Data Centers

Just about every motivational video on the Internet contains some version of the line “If you want it to happen, then get up and make it happen.” And that’s for good reason. A sense of urgency, focus and determination can often drive a project through all obstacles to reach the goal.

RagingWire is living those words as it leads the charge to renewable energy in Northern California data centers. By working closely with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), RagingWire created a ground-breaking energy package that provides its California data center customers with 52.7 megawatts of power that is 100% renewable and 100% reliable – all at power rates that are about 40% less than in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

This is great news for hyperscalers and large enterprises looking for ways to lower their carbon footprint at a data center that also connects them to their international markets. As the North American affiliate of NTT Communications, RagingWire offers its customers access to a global platform that includes 140 data centers in 20 countries worldwide.

In addition to offering renewable energy, RagingWire has also been a major contributor to the industry dialogue on the topic. Recently, RagingWire put together an all-star webinar panel to take on the topic of “Can we do it? Renewable energy and data centers.

Renewable Energy and Data Centers

Click here to view the webinar and see what RagingWire VP of Data Center Operations Phillip Sandino, Greenpeace Senior IT Analyst Gary Cook, 451 Research Senior Analyst Daniel Bizo, and SMUD Director Erik Krause had to say to a global audience about:

  • Today’s global picture of renewable energy in data centers
  • Obstacles to widespread renewable energy deployment
  • A case study of a successful renewable energy implementation
  • Forecasts for renewable energy adoption in the near and far-term

Previously in an article on Data Center Frontier, Sandino sparked the renewable energy conversation by examining how data centers can improve their renewable energy usage.

Then in an article on Bisnow that stressed the need for data centers to go green, RagingWire VP of Marketing James Leach commented about the benefits of partnering with a utility to drive innovation in renewable energy.

Can we do it? Can we make it happen? Feel free to add a comment in the box below, we would love to hear what you think.

Two RagingWire Execs Presenting at Key Industry Summits in September

As one of the first companies to help build the data center colocation industry, RagingWire has continuously contributed forward-thinking ideas to data center colleagues and customers for nearly 20 years. This month, two RagingWire executives will share their expertise about data center industry trends at a pair of major industry events.

James Leach, VP of Marketing presenting at CAPRate Data Center Summit

On Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Vice President of Marketing James Leach will speak on a panel titled “Washington, D.C. and Mid-Atlantic Data Center Market 360: What Firms are Actively Developing, Investing, and Why” at the CAPRE Washington DC & Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit at the Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Va.

 

Bob Woolley, VP of Engineering presenting at 451 Research Hosting and Cloud Summit

On Sept. 25 from 1:05 p.m. – 2:10 p.m., Vice President of Critical Facilities Engineering and Design Bob Woolley will speak on a panel titled “Critical Infrastructure from Edge to Core: How Will It Change in the Next Decade?” at the 451 Research Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas.

RagingWire executives are regularly invited to speak at industry events. Earlier in 2018, RagingWire presented at the CAPRE Data Center Forecast, the Utilities and Data Center Conference, the CAPRE Northern California Data Center Summit, AFCOM Data Center World, the CAPRE Greater Chicago & Midwest Data Center Summit, and Bisnow Data Center Investment Conference & Expo events in Ashburn, Va., Dallas, and Chicago.

Now part of the NTT Group, RagingWire is connected to NTT’s global network of 140 data centers with more than 4 million square feet of space, including data center campuses in the world’s top three data center markets (Ashburn, Va., Dallas, and Northern California).

How can we improve safety in data centers?

While participating in a recent roundtable discussion among data center industry leaders, I was shocked to hear of an estimate that at least 50% of data centers allow energized work. And it gets worse. Depending on how you define energized work, that figure could be even higher.

Data Center Safety

Simply put, data center technicians who work on energized equipment put themselves and others around them at risk. According to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, between 500 and 700 people die every year from arc flash incidents. More than 2,000 people with arc flash injuries are treated annually in burn centers. The average cost of medical treatment from an arc flash injury is $1.5 million, with average litigation costs between $10 million-$15 million.

These arc flash accidents are absolutely devastating, and they are preventable. That’s why I believe that data center executives must step up and take a stand to prohibit working on energized equipment. The culture needs to change.

But how do we convince more data centers operators to adopt a culture of compliance toward current safety rules? What are the steps forward to a safer workplace?

I delved into this topic in an article titled “It’s Time to Upgrade Data Center Safety” published recently on Data Center Frontier. Click here to give it a read.

New Report Finds Dallas to be Third-Ranked Data Center Market – and Growing

RagingWire’s Dallas TX1 Data Center is in prime position in one of the hottest data center markets in the world, according to the findings in a new special report produced by Data Center Frontier and datacenterHawk.

Dallas Data Center Market Report by Data Center Frontier. Sponsored by RagingWireIn the midst of a data center building boom, Dallas is now the third-largest market for capacity (trailing only Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley), with 50 MW of available power, and 11 MW more under construction.

Many data center companies are banking on big growth in Dallas, with 570 MW of additional capacity in the planning stages. RagingWire has plans for a total of five data centers on our 42-acre campus outside of Dallas, totaling at least 80 MW of capacity, although more MW can be built-to-suit if needed.

The report answers questions such as: Can Dallas win more hyperscale deals? What five factors are driving Dallas’s popularity as a destination data center market for companies headquartered outside the area? What is the hottest sub-market for new development -- Fort Worth, Richardson or Garland? Will the area’s 15% data center vacancy rate swell up or dry up? How do the offerings of the major data center companies compare?

Click here to read a synopsis of the report and download your copy.

RagingWire Execs Speaking at Major Data Center Events in San Francisco and Dallas on June 26

San Francisco and Dallas will be the sites for two RagingWire executives to share their expertise about data center industry topics and trends on June 26.

Joe Goldsmith to present at DCD Webscale Data Center Conference in San Francisco

 

Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer Joe Goldsmith will speak about “Why Sacramento Should Be On Your Data Center Location Short List” at Datacenter Dynamics Webscale from 10:40 - 11:40am at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Vice President James Leach will speak on a panel about “Leading the Curve: The State of the Data Center Market” at the Bisnow Data Center Investment Conference & Expo, South (DICE) from 2:55 - 3:40pm at Infomart in Dallas.

James Leach to present at the Bisnow Data Center Conference in Dallas, TX

 

RagingWire is well-represented in both San Francisco and Dallas, with 680,000 square feet of data center space in Northern California, and 230,000 square feet of data center space in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. In addition, RagingWire has 535,000 square feet of data center space in Ashburn, VA., and as part of the NTT Group, RagingWire is connected to NTT’s global network of 140 data centers with more than 4 million square feet of space.

RagingWire Talks Data Centers on NPR’s “The Kojo Nnamdi Show”

If you’re a radio listener in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region and surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia, and you tune in during the noon hour, you’ve probably heard The Kojo Nnamdi Show – the top program on the top NPR (National Public Radio) station WAMU (88.5 FM). Avid listeners call the program simply “The Kojo Show.”

The host of this eponymous program, Kojo Nnamdi, has been voted “Best Radio Personality” in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC Poll for five years in a row. He’s been called “maybe the best interviewer in town” by The Washington Post. That’s the cache of Kojo Nnamdi.

RagingWire VP of Marketing James Leach talks about data centers with Kojo Nnamdi on NPR

So we were honored when Kojo invited RagingWire on his program to talk data centers. Our Corporate Vice President James Leach joined “The Computer Guy” John Gilroy and Kojo to discuss “How Northern Virginia Became the Data Center Capital of the U.S.” It was clearly a hot topic as a number of listeners called in to ask questions and share their views.

Click here to listen to a rebroadcast of the program. You’ll learn about what makes data centers in Northern Virginia so special, the kinds of jobs created by data centers, and the economic development spurred by data centers. The broadcast runs a brisk 34 minutes including call-ins. It’s definitely worth a listen.

Thanks Kojo for all you do.  You’re the best!

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