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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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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!

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.

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