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.

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.

Get Your Copy – The Launch of InterGlobix Magazine!

When we first heard of a new magazine called InterGlobix that would cover “the intersection of data centers, connectivity, luxury, and lifestyle” we were intrigued to say the least. What would the articles be about? What would the magazine look like?

InterGlobix far exceeded our expectations. It’s gorgeous and full of great articles on the industry.

Publishers Jasmine Bedi and Vinay Nagpal utilized their industry experience, publishing savvy, and tireless, round-the-clock dedication to generate the premier issue of InterGlobix magazine, which debuted with 140 pages of interesting information and compelling visuals delivered with a lustrous look and feel.

James Leach, VP of Marketing with InterGlobix Founder, Vinay Nagpal at RagingWire Data Centers

RagingWire was honored to be featured in several places in the magazine, which was launched globally in markets including the U.S., South America, the UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Monaco, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Singapore. Look for RagingWire in:

  1. CEO Diaries” where RagingWire President and CEO Doug Adams writes a first-person account of his travels to integrate RagingWire into the global data center platform of NTT with 140 data centers in 20 countries.
  2. An article titled “A Visual Exploration of RagingWire’s Newest Pacesetter in Ashburn” that highlights our state-of-the-art VA3 Data Center in Ashburn, Virginia, the #1 data center market in the world.
  3. A cover story called “The Godfather of Data Center Alley” about industry icon Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Economic Development for Loudoun County, Virginia. Check out the photo shoot of Buddy dressed as “the godfather” at various spots throughout our Ashburn Data Center Campus, currently home to the VA3 Data Center and future home to VA4, VA5…and beyond.]

Click here to subscribe to InterGlobix so you can have your own copy of the magazine and read it online.

Around the (Data Center) World in 10 Minutes!

A conversation with RagingWire CEO Doug Adams and Kelly Morgan from 451 Research

Whereas Jules Verne once took his readers around the world in 80 days, our President and CEO Doug Adams is taking viewers of a new video around the data center world in 10 minutes.

In this video, Doug sat down with 451 Research VP Kelly Morgan and discussed more than 10 hot topics in the data center industry, including these:

  1. How much demand is there for renewable energy in data centers?
  2. What are the most important data center trends in Virginia and Silicon Valley?
  3. How is data center construction changing?
  4. How much appetite is there from customers for global connectivity?
  5. What are the hot markets (domestic and international) that customers want to be in?
  6. How have data centers become more cost-efficient?

For the answers to these and other questions, play this video above to charter your supersonic flight around the data center world!

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


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