9 Reasons Why Hillsboro, OR is the Best Location in the Pacific Northwest for Your Data Center

Hillsboro, Oregon is home to one of the strongest network points in the Pacific Northwest, including one of the most advanced and comprehensive trans-Pacific fiber networks in the U.S. and comprehensive local connectivity. It also has more favorable tax incentives than states such as California or Washington.

Here's nine reasons why you should be considering Hillsboro, Oregon for your next data center if you aren't already:

1. Low-Latency Access to APAC Region

Multiple submarine cables connect across the Pacific Ocean to help deliver low-latency connections between the U.S. (Hillsboro, OR) and high-growth Asian markets.

2. Comprehensive Local Connectivity

Hillsboro, OR has a rich network infrastructure system. Hillsboro is directly connected to the ultra-high count fiber ring which joins all the major local data centers, businesses and cable landing stations.

3. Favorable Tax Incentives

Oregon has no sales tax and an Enterprise Zone Program. Oregon’s Enterprize Zone Program offers property tax abatement to data centers for up to five years that bring new facilities, equipment and employment to the zone.

4. Lower Energy Bills

Mild temperatures help reduce power usage. Hillsboro’s average temperature of 53°F will save you money on data center cooling when airside economization is used.

5. Get Greener

100% renewable energy options available. Portland General Electric owns seven hydroelectric plants, two wind farms, and seven thermal plants.

6. Convenient Location

Travel is easy within the United States and international locations. Portland International Airport (PDX) offers more than 250 daily direct flights to all major U.S. cities, and direct flights to many international destinations.

7. Total Cost of Ownership

Save up to $10,000,000 over 7 years on base rent and power in the Pacific Northwest when compared to other markets. In addition to favorable tax incentives, the Pacific Northwest market offers affordable power and low operational costs on areas like base rent.

8. Talented Workforce

Compared to other lower cost data center markets, Hillsboro has much greater access to quality IT support staff. Compared to the U.S. average, Hillsboro has 3 to 5 times the concentration of engineering jobs and 2 times as many computer jobs. Technology Services is Hillsboro’s fastest growing trade sector industry — expanding jobs by 46% over the past 5 years.

9. NTT's Hillsboro, Oregon Data Center Campus

Our brand-new 47-acre and 144MW Hillsboro Data Center campus is strategically located near Portland, Oregon—deep in the heart of a Pacific Northwest technology hub. It combines regional bonuses like a robust fiber network, reliable power, and favorable business tax incentives with NTT’s world-class data center expertise, services, and global platform.

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Do you reach customers around the world?

You can’t get around it. Global reach is key to maximizing revenue.

But to reach customers anywhere and everywhere, companies need to reliably distribute applications around the world. For this strategy to work, solid interconnection is key.

So where do you find the perfect city to set up your data center for global reach? Go where the hyperscalers go. Those social media, cloud, and e-commerce giants need to use servers that are customized to meet the needs of millions – maybe even billions – of users. They depend on an architecture that contracts and expands to scale up or down with flexible memory, storage, and networking capabilities.

By going to the same market that the hyperscalers are in, other companies — perhaps like yours — can utilize parts of those hyperscalers’ platforms. Plus, when you see that hyperscalers depend so much on global reach have built their own data center in a particular area, it's a strong indication that other companies should feel secure setting up their own data center there too.

For instance, let’s look at Dallas-Fort Worth. Facebook recently built a new data center there. Why? Well, what Facebook found out, you can too.

Dallas-Fort Worth offers a dense fiber network, low risk of natural disasters, reliable and affordable utility power on a standalone grid, a business-friendly environment, and a significant concentration of wholesale colocation and cloud providers. For these reasons (and more), Dallas is a prime destination for companies looking for a large data center footprint with turnkey or build-to-suit infrastructure.

RagingWire Dallas Data Center

Clearly, Dallas is a smart choice to set up a data center, whether your business calls the State of Texas home or somewhere else in the country. So, if it’s time to sunset your current data center, or you’re looking to expand into a new facility, take a good look at Dallas.

At our 42-acre Dallas data center campus, we have the flexibility to support hyperscale cloud deployments, large enterprise IT shops, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, healthcare IT and any other industry vertical.

Your global connectivity begins in Dallas. Click here to explore our other data centers in the United States. In addition, we connect you to 160 data centers around the world as part of the network of our parent company, NTT.

Our 16-megawatt Dallas TX1 Data Center is ready for you today. You may find the answers there to help your company meet strategic business objectives -- all while addressing both your current and future IT demands. Contact us to take a tour and find out how you can benefit from this mission-critical facility.

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It’s a buyer’s market for data centers in Dallas – for now

For the time being, there is data center capacity available in one of the top markets in the country -- Dallas. That’s great news for you, as contracts can be written with flexible terms customized to your needs.

Who is already here? Fortune 1000 companies are finding that the Garland / Plano / Richardson area near Dallas-Fort Worth is an ideal location for large-scale data center deployments. This trend is turning what was at one time known as the “Telecom Corridor” into the “Data Center Corridor.”      

With some of the lowest power costs in the U.S. and a business-friendly economy, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has established itself as a top tier destination data center market. Dallas is highly appealing both for companies looking for data center capacity available today, and for those looking to the future to grow their space in an affordable market.

Dallas is surging in so many ways. Forbes named the Dallas-Plano-Irving area as the No. 1 best U.S. city for job growth. The Kauffman Foundation put Dallas in the Top 10 in its Index of Growth Entrepreneurship. Businesses looking to expand their workforce can tap into a deep labor pool of 3.8 million people.

So with all of this interest, why is there data center capacity available in Dallas? In the last few years, there has been a data center building boom – resulting in a surplus of space … for now. No one knows how long this space will remain available, but one thing is for sure – as the space gets absorbed, prices will go up.

According to JLL’s 2018 report, Dallas data centers have about 79 megawatts of data center capacity available out of 516 megawatts of inventory. And that doesn’t even count the room we have to grow at our 42-acre fenced Dallas Data Center Campus, which has space for five interconnected buildings totaling over one million square feet of space.

We can give you the best deals in Dallas for customizable space at our 16-megawatt Dallas TX1 Data Center, which has been featured in media outlets such as Dallas Innovates, Data Center Frontier, and Bisnow.

And in addition to a great price, you’ll find that Dallas offers comprehensive fiber connectivity, dynamic business growth, dependable low-cost power, and a strategic disaster recovery location for a well-balanced data center portfolio.

We would love to show you first-hand exactly what we have to offer in the Dallas market. So if it’s time to sunset your current data center, or you’re looking to expand into a new facility, just let us know. You’ll find that we are absolutely driven to provide IT solutions with flexible terms for companies of all sizes.

If connectivity is gold… Dallas is Fort Knox

Where should your business set up its data center presence?

That’s one of those questions that sounds like it could be complicated, but really it’s not. There are only a few locations that check all the boxes for optimal data center effectiveness.

For a lot of reasons, Dallas, TX is gaining tremendous momentum as an up-and-coming data center market. One of the biggest reasons is the area’s world-class connectivity.

Why should you care? Connectivity is gold to companies that depend on reliable network traffic. And Dallas data center customers are living in the Fort Knox of connectivity gold. They can count on their revenue-generating data getting to customers reliably and quickly – every time.

Dallas is a particularly attractive data center location because its central location within the U.S. means data travels to the rest of the country with very low latency. That point has impressed many large enterprises and cloud companies to prioritize Dallas as a major part of their global data center footprint. After all, these companies need to distribute applications around the world for maximum performance and reliability. For this strategy to work, connectivity is clutch.

And Dallas doesn’t just offer a robust central region connectivity hub, it does so with low TCO figures. Telecom giant AT&T’s long-haul fiber is prevalent in the area – benefitting all Dallas data center customers.

For example, our Dallas TX1 Data Center has dark fiber connections to the carrier hotels in downtown Dallas, providing access to over 70 carriers and global interconnectivity. For global secured networks, our clients can access high-quality, global network coverage in over 190 countries by using the Arcstar Universal One virtual private network (VPN) from our parent company, NTT.

In addition, our Dallas TX1 Data Center is directly connected to our data center campuses in the U.S. including Northern California, Virginia, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Phoenix and Pacific Northwest, so workloads can be balanced and backed up across the country. Lastly, we offer secure connections to the world’s top cloud and content providers.

We would love to show you first-hand exactly what we have to offer in Dallas. So if it’s time to sunset your current data center, or you’re looking to expand into a new facility, let us know when you would like to talk more about the solution that would work for you. You’ll find that we are absolutely driven to provide IT solutions with flexible terms for companies of all sizes.

Hillsboro Data Center Campus Construction Updates

January 24, 2020

The first 6MW customizable vault is currently under construction and is available to pre-lease. This vault will be located in the first of five planned buildings on our Hillsboro, OR Data Center campus. Vault 1 will be available this summer. 

Vault 1 - General Specifications

  • 6MW at 258.7 watts per square foot
  • 23,000 sq. ft.
  • Single-story structure with a concrete slab design
  • Dedicated electrical infrastructure option at 6MW

To learn more about our Hillsboro, OR Data Center campus and get more details on the first 6MW vault layout and specifications, download the brochure here: NTT Hillsboro Data Center Brochure


November 1, 2019

Introducing NTT's Hillsboro, Oregon Data Center campus. The 47-acre campus is located in the Pacific Northwest technology hub with one of the richest network infrastructure in the country. The 1,000,000 square foot space will have 144MW of critical IT load. The first of five buildings, HI1 will be opening in the summer of 2020. Our campus will also include 100 percent green energy capabilities.

Inside Data Centers Podcast: How to Drive Revenue with Artificial Intelligence

This episode of our Inside Data Centers podcast is about a technology that is literally “inside data centers”, as well as everywhere else around us. That technology is artificial intelligence (AI).

We know many of our data center clients are eager to find out how AI can help their business. So we asked two industry experts to describe how AI can be used, particularly to help companies either make money or reduce costs. Our podcast guests are:

  • Dave Copps, CEO of HyperGiant Sensory Sciences, a Dallas-based software company with a mission to deliver human perception at impossible scale. Back in 2017, Dave sold his AI startup, Brainspace, as a part of a $2.8 billion rollup.
  • Ryan Fontaine, the CEO and founder of Citadel Analytics, a Dallas-based AI company that has generated significant momentum since its startup.

Inside Data Centers Podcast: How to Drive Revenue with Artificial Intelligence

Oddly enough, both Dave and Ryan became involved in AI at least in part due to serious brushes with death – and that’s how the podcast begins...

Curious? The podcast is full of interesting insights and stories from Dave and Ryan, including:

  • Why does Dave start every day looking at an MRI of his brain?
  • How did a car crash start Ryan’s AI company?
  • Why did Dave chart his own course through college, showing up in classes he wasn’t registered for?
  • Why do Dave’s friends tell him he’s unemployable?
  • How does AI help companies more tightly focus their digital marketing strategies?
  • What is a short explanation of what a data scientist does?
  • Is AI at a point where it has surpassed human intelligence?
  • What is AGI, ASI, and narrow AI?
  • What are some practical applications of AI that companies can use to generate revenue or save costs?
  • How much data will humans eventually create?
  • How does AI augment, but not replace, human employees?
  • What are some memorable stories about how customers used AI?
  • How can AI help Fortune 1000 companies improve their marketing partnerships and drive more revenue?
  • How did AI help the Department of Justice bring months of case research to a close in 30 minutes?
  • Are there any industries that might not yet realize how much AI could help them make money or reduce costs?
  • What tips would you give to companies that want to use AI?
  • What will the future of AI look like?
  • How will the “Evolution of Trust” impact AI?
  • What profound question made Dave have to just sit for a minute and ponder the enormity of it all?

To listen to the full podcast, go to our inside data centers podcast library.

Take the pain out of data center budget meetings

Budget meetings. They’re everyone’s favorite pain-fest, right up there with dentists’ appointments and tax audits. You start with a hale, hearty, healthy IT budget, and then you’re told to cut, cut, cut… and cut some more. Good times.

So with all the edicts to save money, what’s the best way for CTOs and CIOs to keep mission-critical IT operations running smoothly and still make the bean-counters happy?

The answer is to find a state-of-the-art data center that delivers flawless network operations – all for a very low total cost of ownership (TCO).

That might sound impossible, but as the saying goes, “impossible happens.”

But where? Let’s build the suspense for about 30 seconds before the big reveal.

There’s a location with data center power to be had around 4 cents per kWh. That rate crushes every other major U.S. data center market, and makes the TCO conversation with your CFO go a lot smoother. This location also has multiple power providers to choose from, which means more options and packages to choose from when compared to other places with only a single provider.

This data center location offers other financial advantages as well. There is no state corporate income tax and real estate is affordable. In fact, the cost of doing business here is 4% lower than the national average, and exponentially lower than other major metro areas like New York and San Francisco, according to Moody’s.

Another huge plus is that the state that this data center market is in is the only one among the contiguous 48 that has a standalone electric grid entirely within the state. This independent grid reduces the risk of rolling power outages, strengthens reliability, and stabilizes energy prices.

In addition, renewable energy packages are available. In fact, this state adds more renewable energy capacity from wind and solar sources than anywhere else in the entire country. Ali Greenwood, Senior Vice President of Data Center Solutions at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), stated that last year, over 20,000 megawatts of energy capacity was generated by wind in this state.

To sum up, this market has low-cost power with renewable energy available, sweet tax breaks, the reliability of an independent power grid, and multiple providers to choose from. Where the heck is this place?

Enough suspense. We’re talking about good ole’ Texas.

For businesses in general, Texas has been named the best state for business by Chief Executive magazine for 14 years in a row, since the inception of the survey.

For data center customers, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is a mecca for companies looking for capacity available today, and for those looking to the future to grow their space in an affordable market.

At our 42-acre, securely fenced data center campus, we can give you the best deals in Dallas-Fort Worth for customizable space. We would love to show you first-hand exactly what we have to offer at our 16-megawatt Dallas TX1 Data Center, which has been featured in media outlets such as Dallas Innovates, Data Center Frontier, and Bisnow.

So if it’s time to sunset your current data center, or you’re looking to expand into a new facility, let us know when you would be available to meet. You’ll find that we are absolutely driven to provide IT solutions with flexible terms for companies of all sizes.

Why a robust intelligent infrastructure can help you decrease cost and complexity, improve performance, and innovate faster

Today, there are a number of ways of providing a backbone for your network. Thanks to the rise of hyperscalers, the role of the telco is being redefined. Instead of using a single provider, businesses are increasingly turning to the public internet. This has been accelerated by the maturation of SD-WAN technologies, an area that’s experienced massive growth in the last few years.

I believe that it’s important to evaluate all your options, given that there are now so many choices for connecting and improving the performance of your network, and how it connects to a hybrid cloud environment.

In my experience, with the accelerating growth of hybrid cloud environments, and an increasing dependence on hyperscalers to provide lower cost and more innovation, a good SD-WAN implementation can help you to:

  • increase business intelligence, reliability, and networking agility
  • reduce complexity, cost, and sleepless nights

In the year ahead, I expect to see more businesses relying on hybrid cloud to improve their performance and help them to innovate faster, while implementing a robust intelligent infrastructure to decrease cost and complexity. This will require investment in the relevant skills for the design, installation, and management of their new WAN for optimal performance.

This is certainly an exciting time for those of us working in the field of intelligent infrastructure. At NTT, we’re actively exploring all the new opportunities that recent technology advancements in this space are creating. We’re applying our research and development capabilities to explore how we can leverage these to innovate and push the boundaries of what’s possible. One of the current domains we’re working on is adaptive computing. It has applications in complex environments such as smart stadiums and safe hospitals, where information comes from a range of sources – massive video feeds, sensors, and so on – and a fast, real-time response is key.

We’re creating a new generation of capabilities for NTT data centers to tackle these complex scenarios and target 5G. Adaptive computing uses Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), a new generation of semiconductor devices configured to manage and process massive amounts of information. We aim to create the first full-stack solution that can, for example, process information in real time from thousands of feeds from cameras, sensors, and other devices, as well as social media, to assist with fast decision-making and quality responses.

Read this article for more insights on the key intelligent infrastructure trends to watch in 2020.

Inside Data Centers Podcast: Hiring Military Veterans

Anyone who has worked in a data center – particularly in critical facilities or a network operations center – knows to expect the unexpected.

And when things happen that you can’t see coming, it’s how you respond that matters.

Stay calm. Think clearly. Show leadership.

Inside Data Centers Podcast: Hiring Military Veterans for Data Centers

Those are the hallmarks of one particular group of men and women who have been trained to develop a mission-critical mindset that enables them to react with efficiency under pressure. They are military veterans, and they are a perfect fit for many jobs in data centers.

To delve deeper into this topic, RagingWire has produced a new podcast titled “Hiring Military Veterans” in which three experts share their thoughts on different aspects of hiring military veterans.

Marnie Holder, the Director of Transition Summits for the Hiring Our Heroes program run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, starts the podcast by explaining that increased awareness of opportunities is one reason that veteran unemployment has dropped from 29% in 2011 to less than 4% today.

“Veterans often don’t even realize that the skills they learn in the military are highly sought after by private employers,” says Marnie, who also highlights some web sites that contain key information that veterans can use to get hired.

Steve Jordon, the Executive Director of the Veterans Employment Initiative of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, comes on at the 9:20 point in the podcast and confirms that many veterans have valuable skills that match the talents sought by commercial businesses.

Steve calls out veterans’ ability to be mission-focused, to professionally communicate up and down a chain of command, to work in teams, and to overcome obstacles.

“There’s many, many more, but generally you can take those kinds of skill sets and they apply to any business,” says Steve. Steve goes on to share some resources to help veterans translate those soft and hard skills so they make sense to the industries they are targeting.

Tom Manriquez, the Director of Corporate Recruiting for RagingWire Data Centers, takes the mike at the 21:30 point of the podcast and gives his opinion on the biggest strategic advantages of hiring veterans. He also talks about the best ways to attract veterans to your company, and some of the reasons why RagingWire’s veteran retention rate is so much higher than most other companies.

“Through our Veterans Employee Resource Group, when somebody is called up to active duty as a reservist, we have a protocol in place for what we will do,” Tom says. “We will support that family, invite that family to company events -- and keep supporting our veterans.”

To listen to the full podcast, click here to go to our podcast page.

At Our Dallas TX1 Data Center – We Are Cookin’!

Summer’s here, and the time is right for cookouts and getting together with friends, especially with the Fourth of July holiday coming up. For me, this is the high holiday of barbecuing, which is something I’ve revered for just about my whole life. That’s what happens when you grow up in North Carolina and then move to Texas – two of the barbecue meccas of the U.S.

Rodney Willis - Grill Master at RagingWire Dallas TX1 Data Center

As I’ve worked to perfect my barbecue technique and recipes, I’ve had a lot of fun entering various competitions. And remarkably enough, I’ve found there are actually some similarities between pleasing barbecue judges and pleasing data center clients.

The key to coming home with the barbecue gold medal lies with matching your homemade rub with the preference of the evaluator. Some people like a good spice, some people like a sticky sweet. Whatever judge you get on that day, if your rub doesn’t match their particular flavor profile, you’re not going to win with them.

I extend that barbecue logic to my philosophy of serving data center customers. Just like I strive to match my barbecue flavor to a judge’s preference, I listen carefully to client needs in order to recommend and provide the best data center option.

In our TX1 Data Center here in Dallas, we look at everything we do to see what matches a particular client’s goals. That attention to detail leads to the perfect data center space customized to their needs today, with room to grow for tomorrow, all set up with a contract that is flexibly written to their comfort level.

As I say in the video, we may be part of a large, $118 billion, multi-national conglomerate, but we still feel like a small-culture group, which makes TX1 a great environment for our clients to be able to thrive.

Enjoy your holiday and let the cookouts begin!


Rodney Willis - Senior Director of Enterprise Sales, RagingWire Data Centers

About the Blogger
Rodney Willis is RagingWire’s Senior Director of Enterprise Sales. He joined RagingWire in 2018 and is based out of our Dallas TX1 Data Center. Previously Rodney worked in sales for CommScope since 1996, serving as Global Director for Multi-Tenant Data Centers for eight years. Rodney graduated from Western Carolina University, with a degree in Business Management.


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