We did it. We made it to the end of 2020, a year that took everyone by surprise and forced us to change the way we operate in business, schools, and communities. This year taught us to be resilient, adaptable, and innovative to ensure our business kept running at the highest level for our clients.
When we reminisce about 2020 many years from now, we’ll most likely remember a time of extreme change and challenges, but we should also remember what we were able to achieve amidst the uncertainty. As this year comes to an end, we wanted to highlight some of those milestones.
RagingWire is Now NTT Global Data Centers Americas
This year we joined the new Global Data Centers division, which incorporates e-shelter, Gyron, Netmagic, NTT Indonesia Nexcenter, RagingWire and other data center companies that formerly sat under the NTT Communications brand. Now as one NTT team, the Global Data Centers division is one of the top three leaders in worldwide colocation and interconnection services. All the benefits of our highly skilled in-house team from the former RagingWire remained for our clients, but by joining the NTT family, we expanded our global footprint and network service options. As NTT Global Data Centers Americas, we’re able to give our clients access to new markets, solutions and help them grow at the pace they need.
A Time of Growth
This was a year of growth for us as we expanded in Ashburn and broke ground on data centers in three new markets – Chicago, Hillsboro, and Silicon Valley – all set to open in 2021.
6MW is now available on the first of five planned data centers on our 47-acre campus just outside Portland, Oregon. The campus offers more than one million square feet of data center space at full buildout and a total of 126MW of critical IT load. We’re proud to have earned the Cleaner Air Oregon certification, which ensures commercial and industrial facilities can’t emit toxic air contaminants at harmful levels. Clients will also have access to direct subsea cables offering low-latency connections between the Hillsboro campus and high-growth Asian markets, making this a prime spot in the Pacific Northwest.
After a year of hard work, the first data center offering 36MW is now available at our new 19-acre data center campus in Chicago. When complete, the campus will feature two buildings totaling 72MW of critical IT load. Customizable high-density vaults, low latency to both US coasts, and robust connectivity make Chicago an increasingly desirable data center location for deployments of all sizes. We’re excited to celebrate the opening of CH1 and HI1 early next year.
We hit significant milestones at SV1, our new data center in Silicon Valley, this year. Construction is nearly complete on the 160,000 square foot, 16MW facility, and its convenient location in Santa Clara makes it an ideal spot for clients looking for space in this prime market. We leaned in on NTT’s experience in Japan and proactively prepared for the challenges of an earthquake. This facility is the first in Santa Clara to use a state-of-the-art base isolation system proven to absorb vibrations and keep IT equipment safe during a seismic event.
Expansion in Ashburn is moving fast and the first 8MW are available in a new data center on our 78-acre campus. VA5 contains a total of 32MW of critical IT load and 140,000 square feet of data floor space. With the new addition, our Ashburn campus now totals 224MW and 1.8 million square feet over seven buildings.
An Emphasis on Health and Safety
Like most of the world, COVID-19 forced us into different working environments and made us rethink health and safety protocols. To keep our mission-critical employees as safe as possible in the data centers so they could keep our clients’ businesses running, we moved all other employees to remote work and implemented extra safety precautions, including:
- Temperature checks at each data center
- Health screenings asking data center entrants about recent travel
- Increased cleaning/sterilizing throughout the day, especially at frequent contact surfaces
- Hand sanitizer distribution to all occupants
Employees moving to remote work encountered lots of virtual meetings, canceled events, and a change in dynamic among colleagues. We came up with some unique ways to keep our team and clients connected including a virtual “Craft Cocktails with the Chief of Staff” mixology event and cookie decorating party around the holidays.
Designing for Density in the Data Center
If we learned anything from 2020, it was how to adapt to rapidly changing situations and find innovative ways to solve problems. As the growing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) changes density demands in the data center, we’ve made sure our data center facilities can support accelerated computing operations. Our Dallas TX1 and Ashburn VA3 Data Centers are now qualified as NVIDIA DGX-Ready data centers. Clients can utilize DGX, NVIDIA’s flagship appliance for AI computation, and leverage AI benefits without installing their own infrastructure. It’s a major step toward our goal of making AI infrastructure-as-a-service accessible and economical for businesses of all sizes.
As we look to the new year, we have several exciting milestones coming up. We’re planning a (virtual) launch for both our Chicago and Hillsboro Data Centers, and we’ll break ground on a brand-new campus in Phoenix. Stay tuned for more about that site.
The many obstacles we all faced in 2020 brought data to the forefront of our everyday lives more than ever, and we’re looking forward to the opportunities ahead. We hope 2021 brings back a sense of normalcy, but it might be a new normal. No matter what, we remain committed to giving our clients the best global technology solutions to drive their growth and enable their success