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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.

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 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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