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Cleaner Air Oregon program clears new Hillsboro Data Center for construction

As a new member of Oregon's business community, we're proud to announce that our new data center in Hillsboro, Oregon, has completed its evaluation by the Cleaner Air Oregon program and has been pronounced fit to proceed with construction. 

Oregon began a new era in 2018 by creating the Cleaner Air Oregon program, which makes sure that all new and existing commercial and industrial facilities cannot emit toxic air contaminants at a level that could potentially harm people.  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sees this new program as helping to ensure that industrial progress will not cause a regression in health.  

"DEQ is excited to see Cleaner Air Oregon meet the ongoing challenge of maintaining clean and healthy air in Oregon communities," said Lauren Wirtis, Public Affairs Specialist for the Oregon DEQ. 

The requirements of the Cleaner Air Oregon program apply to paper mills, steel rolling mills, oil refining companies, microchip manufacturers, lumber companies, glass manufacturers – the list goes on and on – and includes data centers.  

While smaller data centers have also gained permits from the Cleaner Air Oregon program, our Hillsboro data center is the only data center to have completed a Level 3 risk assessment. Level 3 is nearly the most rigorous on a scale that goes from Level 1 to Level 4, with Level 4 being the most complex.  

To illustrate the level of examination that takes place during a Level 3 risk assessment, and why it can take up to a year to complete, take a look at the efforts needed to gain the Cleaner Air Oregon certification

To complete a Level 2 or 3 Risk Assessment, facilities need to develop a detailed list of model inputs, including site-specific stack characteristics, building information (to account for building downwash), terrain data, specific exposure locations, and site-specific land use parameters. The quantity and complexity of parameters add up quickly and can easily become overwhelming. 

What also gets complicated fast is the amount of data that needs to be managed.  On average, facilities could be reporting anywhere from 10-50 toxic air contaminants per emissions source.  Multiply that by the number of emissions sources, the number of exposure locations, and 43,824 hours (the number of hours in the required 5-year meteorological dataset), and very quickly your Cleaner Air Oregon Risk Assessment includes over a million data points. 

Therefore, it's not only necessary to have a trained air quality modeler involved, but you also need to be able to manage a large amount of data.  This becomes increasingly important when you need to start analyzing the modeling results to determine what sources and what toxic air contaminants may be driving risks and therefore require refinement. 

Why is this level of scrutiny needed? Before the Cleaner Air Oregon rules were adopted, Oregon's based the existing rules on federal law. Those rules allowed industrial facilities to release potentially harmful amounts of air toxics, but still operate within legal requirements. The Cleaner Air Oregon rules closed the regulatory gaps left after the implementation of federal air toxics regulations.  

Change is hardly ever easy, particularly when it involves new processes and invariably new costs. But this kind of change is well worth it. We applaud the state of Oregon for doing not what is easy, but what is right. And that's why we're proud to help keep Oregon's air clean and healthy for generations to come. 

 

 

Can Growing CDN Providers Overcome These 3 Challenges?

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, content delivery network (CDN) providers were quickly thrust into the world’s spotlight. People everywhere depended on CDNs to quickly and smoothly connect them to news, entertainment, education, social media, training, virtual events, videoconferencing, telemedicine … the list goes on and on. 
 
That’s why it’s no surprise that the global CDN market that was valued at $9.9 billion in 2018 is now expected to reach $57.15 billion by 2025, according to Brand Essence Market Research
 
But to turn those lofty revenue projections into revenue growth, the smartest CDN providers must find ways to overcome significant challenges, such as these three mentioned below. 
 
Challenge #1: Deliver high-performance with low latency 
 
People everywhere are demanding high quality content and video, without any speed bumps due to latency issues. Although software, hardware, networks, and bandwidth all affect the level of latency, the single biggest factor that slows down content is the distance that light has to travel. That’s because for all our mind-blowing achievements in technology, one thing we haven’t yet figured out is how to speed up the speed of light. 
 
Light travels at about 125,000 miles per second through optical fibers, which is roughly two-thirds of the speed of light in a vacuum (186,000 miles per second). So for every 60 miles of distance a packet has to travel, about a half a millisecond of time is added to the one-way latency trip, and thus 1 millisecond to the round-trip time.  
 
They say money makes the world go ‘round. So in essence, latency can stop the world from turning, as shown in these examples: 

  • In finance, for years firms have offered premium “ultra-low latency” services to investors who want to receive key data about two seconds before the general public does. What can happen in two seconds? In the stock market, quite a lot. Research by the Tabb Group estimated that if a broker’s platform is even 5 milliseconds behind the competition, it could lose at least 1% of its flow, equating to about $4 million in revenues per millisecond. 
  •  In retail, according to research by Akamai, a 100 ms delay in web site load time leads to a decrease in conversion rates of up to 7%. Conversely, Akamai reported that Walmart noticed that every 100 ms of improvement in load time resulted in up to a 1% increase in revenue.  
  • In the cloud, latency looms as a major hindrance. Among the findings in a research paper by the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory are that 10µs (those are microseconds, or one-millionth of a second) latency in each direction is enough to have a noticeable effect, and 50µs latency in each direction is enough to significantly affect performance. For data centers connected by additional hops between servers, latency increases further. This has ramifications for workload placement and physical host sharing when trying to reach performance targets. 

Every CDN wants to provide high-performance, but predicting the performance of CDNs can be an imprecise exercise. CDNs use different methodologies to measure performance, and have various types of underlying architecture. However, one universal truth is that the geographic locations of CDN data centers play a big role in performance measurements. 
 
This is one reason why NTT’s Global Data Centers division has strategically chosen certain locations for their data center campuses. For example, our data centers in Sacramento give companies based in San Francisco a low-latency experience as compared to other locations. Those customers experience round-trip latency of only 3 milliseconds to go out and back the 88 miles from Sacramento to San Francisco. That compares well to round-trip latency of 4.2 milliseconds from San Francisco to Reno (218 miles away), 15.3 milliseconds from San Francisco to Las Vegas (570 miles away), or 18.1 milliseconds from San Francisco to Phoenix (754 miles away). 
 
In Chicago, where NTT is building a new 72MW data center campus, customers at that Central U.S. location will enjoy low latency to both U.S. coasts. According to AT&T, IP network latency from Chicago to New York is 17 milliseconds, and from Chicago to Los Angeles is 43 milliseconds. 
 
Reducing latency is a huge point of emphasis at NTT. At our Ashburn, Virginia data center campus, we offer both lit and dark services to multiple carrier hotels and cloud locations, including AWS and Azure, providing sub-millisecond latency between your carrier, your data, and your data center. 
 
Challenge #2: Scale up to meet a growing base 
 
Every business wants more customers, but for CDNs, they need to be careful what they wish for. Huge bursts in Internet traffic can bring an overwhelming amount of peak usage. Videoconferencing historians will long remember the third week of March 2020, when a record 62 million downloads of videoconferencing apps were recorded. Once those apps were downloaded, they were quickly put to use – and have only increased in usage time since then. 
 
The instant reaction to those stats and trends would be for CDNs to add on as much capacity as possible. But building to handle the peak demand can be costly, as a CDN also needs to economically account for lower-usage times where there are huge amounts of capacity that will not utilized. 
 
These massive spikes and valleys bring a significant traffic engineering challenge. A well-prepared CDN will minimize downtime by utilizing load balancing to distribute network traffic evenly across several servers, making it easier to scale up or down for rapid changes in traffic. 
 
Technology such as intelligent failover provides uninterrupted service even if one or more of the CDN servers go offline due to hardware malfunction. The failover can redistribute the traffic to the other operational servers.  
 
Appropriate routing protocols will transfer traffic to other available data centers, ensuring that no users lose access to a website. This is what NTT’s Global Data Centers division had in mind when we deployed a fully redundant point-to-point connection, via multiple carriers, between all our U.S. data centers.  
 
We make critical functions such as disaster recovery, load balancing, backup, and replication easy and secure. Our services support any Layer 3 traffic for functions such as web traffic, database calls, and any other TCP/IP based functions. Companies that leverage our coast-to-coast cross connect save significant money over installing and managing your own redundant, firewall-protected, multi-carrier connection. 
 
Challenge #3: Plan for ample redundancy, disaster recovery, and risk reduction 
 
Sure, most of the time disasters don’t happen. But I suppose that depends on your definition of a disaster. It doesn’t have to be the type that you see in movies – with earth-cracking gaps opening up in the middle of major cities. Even events as routine as thunderstorms can have ripple effects that could interrupt service provided by a CDN. 
 
That’s why smart CDNs are reducing their risk of outages by not having all their assets and content in one geographic area. The good thing is that by enacting one fairly simple strategy, CDNs can check the boxes for ample redundancy, disaster recovery, and risk reduction. 
 
That strategy is to have a data center presence in multiple geographic locations. The three sections of the U.S. – East, Central, West – make for a logical mix. 
 
In the East region, well, Ashburn is the capital of the world as far as data centers are concerned. No other markets on the planet have as much deployed data center space as Ashburn, and construction of new data centers is ongoing in order to keep up with demand. Known as “Data Center Alley”, Ashburn is a perfect home for a data center for many reasons, including its dense fiber infrastructure and low risk of natural disasters. Those factors alone make Ashburn a great location as part of a redundancy and disaster recovery strategy.  
 
In the Central region, Dallas has a very low risk of dangerous weather conditions. According to data collected from 1950-2010, no earthquakes of 3.5 magnitude or above have occurred in or near Dallas. No hurricanes within 50 miles of Dallas have been recorded either. And while tornadoes can occur, some data centers such as NTT’s Dallas TX1 Data Center are rated to withstand those conditions. Another appealing aspect of Dallas is that Texas’s independent power grid, managed by ERCOT (the Electric Reliability Council of Texas), is one of three main power grids that feed the continental United States. By maintaining a presence in each of the three grids, companies can make sure that their data centers are as reliable as could be. 
 
In the West, several appealing options are located along the Pacific coast. In the Northwest, the Oregon suburb of Hillsboro is a popular choice for an economical disaster recovery location. Hillsboro has a mild climate which translates to low heating and cooling costs, a minimal natural disaster risk and strong tax incentives. As a bonus, a variety of submarine cables deliver low-latency connections between Hillsboro and high-growth Asian markets.  
 
In Northern California, Sacramento offers a safe data center option as that city is out of the seismic risk area that includes Bay Area cities. Sacramento is also considered preferable to other Western data center markets such as Reno, Nevada. At least 30 seismic faults are in the Reno-Carson City urban corridor, and some studies say that two of those faults in particular appear primed to unleash a moderate to major earthquake. 
 
And then there’s Silicon Valley, which of course is a terrific place to have data center space. However, no one would say that Silicon Valley is a truly seismically stable area. But, that risk can be mitigated if the data center is protected with technology such as a base isolation system, which NTT uses in its new four-story Santa Clara data center. That base isolation system has been proven to enable multi-story buildings to withstand historic earthquakes with no damage to the structure or the IT equipment inside. 

CDN Customer Coverage from NTT U.S. Data Center Locations 

This map shows how NTT’s U.S. data centers can give CDNs the level of low latency, load balancing, and redundancy that they are looking for. 
 
Legend:  

  • White lines indicate NTT customer base outreach per location 
  • Blue lines indicate the interconnection between the locations 

Tax breaks are perfect topping on Chicago pie

For data centers, Chicago had it all… almost.

Great connectivity. Low latency to both U.S. coasts. Hundreds of temperate days without the need to cool the data floor. Affordable power. Deep dish pizza. Sorry, did that last item make you hungry? Well, keep reading, you’ll be glad you did. 

While Chicago offered a deep, broad list of benefits for data center customers, something was missing. And other data center markets had it. 

So close to perfect 

The missing topping on Chicago’s data center pie? Tax incentives. And that left a noticeable blank spot on an otherwise delicious dish. 

Chicago’s situation came to a somewhat dramatic head on Jan. 27, 2019, when Ally Marotti of the Chicago Tribune wrote an article describing what was at stake if Illinois could not provide the same data center tax incentives that were offered in 30 other states. And of those 30 states, it was nice, quiet Iowa that figuratively sounded the alarm that Illinois could not help but hear. 

Back in 2017, Iowa enticed Apple to start building a 400,000 square-foot data center near Des Moines by offering $20 million in tax incentives. A comprehensive report paid for by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation found that if Apple had chosen to build its project in Illinois, the state could have added 3,360 jobs, $203.9 million in labor income and $521.7 million in economic output.

Let’s do something about it  

Illinois did not want to watch more major players become drawn to Iowa as a top Midwestern magnet for data centers while forsaking Chicago and all its great benefits.

Tyler Diers, executive director of the Illinois chamber’s technology council, made that point clear in Marotti’s article, saying “We hear the war stories all the time, and [data center operators] do too. We’re increasingly losing our desirability and our competitiveness. Even though we’re still relatively high, we want to stop the bleeding before we no longer [are] a desirable location.”

Those are strong words, and they made a powerful impression. Instead of standing by idly as other states flushed their economic coffers full of data center-driven cash, Illinois bore down and did something about the situation. After all, this state is personified by Chicago, the city of the big shoulders where “dem Grabowskis” root for “Da Bears”. The Windy City was not about to get blown away by Iowa.

In June 2019, Chicago essentially called dibs on the Midwest data center market when Illinois added data center tax incentives to the state’s capital spending budget. Now qualifying data centers -- and their customers -- are exempt from paying state and local sales taxes on equipment in the data centers, including everything from cooling and heating equipment to servers and storage racks. To qualify, a data center must spend at least $250 million on the facility and employ at least 20 full-time employees over a five-year period. In addition, it must prove it meets a green building standard, such as  LEED  or  Energy Star.

NTT’s Global Data Centers Americas division will meet all of those qualifications as we build two 36MW data centers on our 19-acre campus in Itasca, Illinois, which is about 27 miles outside of the city of Chicago and right near airports, restaurants, hotels, beautiful lakes, and other amenities.

Here’s what’s in it for you 

So how does that tax break benefit data center colocation customers? Well, the sales tax rate in Itasca is 7.5%. For businesses that are new to colocation, they may have to invest money in new equipment. Say they invest $500,000, that’s an extra $37,500 in sales tax they don’t have to pay because of this benefit.

And this Illinois sales tax exemption is locked in for 20 years, so data center customers will pay no sales tax when they refresh their equipment down the road too.

So that’s the Chicago story, and it’s a darn good one. This is a town that saw it was falling behind, so it lowered its broad shoulders, and charged forward to take the lead again. Now data center customers can enjoy significant tax savings for decades to come in a market that already had everything else they could possibly need. 

Oh, still thinking about that deep dish pizza? I understand. Here’s a great tip: you can get an authentic Chicago deep dish pizza shipped frozen to you from Giordanos or Lou Malnati’s. Either way you can’t go wrong. You’re welcome -- enjoy!

P.S. You can talk the talk – Chicago-style! To learn more about the flavor of Chicago through the city’s unique jargon, check out this page to find out the meanings of frunchroom, the bean, grachki, sammich and more.

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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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.

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.

Proudly Continuing the Legacy of Innovation in Dallas

When we entered the Dallas market with the opening of our Dallas TX1 Data Center in 2017, RagingWire empowered its customers with a way to gain a competitive advantage through a modern, mission-critical data center with seamless global connectivity.

Dallas, TX Data Centers and Innovation

That kind of forward-looking, customer-focused thinking has long been a part of the rich heritage of innovation that has emerged from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as shown in these examples:

  • Invention – In 1958, engineers at Texas Instruments invented the integrated circuit, thus laying the groundwork for the entire field of modern microelectronics. RagingWire evoked that pioneering high-tech spirit by becoming one of the very first colocation data centers when we opened our first facility back in 2001.
  • Modernization – Back in 1950, the historic Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas was the first hotel in the world to provide central air conditioning. Cool air technology is continuing to evolve at RagingWire’s Dallas TX1 Data Center, where we use one of the largest water-free mechanical cooling systems in the U.S.
  • Scale – At 27 square miles, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is larger than the island of Manhattan. RagingWire has a vision for “going large” too, with our 42-acre data center campus in Dallas that can scale up to accommodate five interconnected buildings with 144MW of critical load.
  • Customization – The upscale Highland Park Village in Dallas became the first self-contained shopping center in the U.S. when it opened in 1931. By offering fully customizable space within our 230,000-square foot Dallas TX1 Data Center, RagingWire offers a self-contained shopping center for data center customers.
  • Convenience – Dallas brought the world its first convenience store chain when the Southland Ice Company, which became 7-Eleven, started selling groceries in addition to ice back in 1927. Customer comfort and convenience is emphasized at RagingWire’s Dallas TX1 Data Center as well, through expert deployment and migration specialists, popular amenities, and creative contract terms.
  • Security – Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas, but the security of its future is trusted to Dallas. Allegedly the soft drink’s recipe is kept as two halves in safe deposit boxes in two separate Dallas banks. RagingWire keeps an even more vigilant watch over our customers’ data at the Dallas TX1 Data Center, with physical security that includes anti-climb fencing, anti-ram barrier arms, mantraps, biometric ID readers, high-def cameras, in-house trained security officers, and several other extremely effective layers of security.
  • Style – The legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed several Dallas buildings, including the Dallas Theater Center’s Kalita Humphreys Theater. RagingWire brought data center architecture to a new level with the Dallas TX1 Data Center, which was selected as one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Data Centers” by DataCenter Dynamics.

So if you would like to see what the future of data centers looks like, call 1-866-599-0998 to schedule an onsite private tour of RagingWire’s Dallas TX1 Data Center.

Cover Story in Business Chief Magazine on RagingWire’s New Data Center Design

Every day when I come to work, I am amazed at the construction progress of our new Ashburn VA4 and VA5 Data Centers that each have two stories and 32MW of power.

Joe Goldsmith and Kevin Dalton from RagingWire Data Centers on Business Chief Magazine cover storyA project this size – with this ambitious a schedule – can only succeed when strategy, tactics, and execution mesh together perfectly. This is where our experts in construction, engineering, and design truly build their legacies.

That’s what Joe Goldsmith and Kevin Dalton bring to our executive team. Their vision to see how a broad range of customers could benefit from the flexibility of our new larger data center design – and their wisdom to know how to quickly and cost-effectively make it happen – is translating into the construction success that I see outside of my office window.

Business Chief, a 300-page digital magazine that goes to more than 48,000 executives, chose to profile RagingWire’s new data center design strategy by putting Joe and Kevin on the cover of their recent issue. The accompanying article covers lots of interesting topics, including:

  • What data center customers want more than anything
  • The value of global reach for data center customers
  • The importance of hybrid IT to CIOs
  • How to build data centers bigger, smarter, and faster

Click here to read the full article.

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!

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