NTT Com’s RagingWire to build 16MW Silicon Valley data centre
RagingWire Data Centers has purchased land and begun developing the California Silicon Valley 1 (SV1) data centre in Santa Clara.
It marks RagingWire’s firsts entry into the Silicon Valley region and SV1 will be designed for flexibility and scale, with options for dedicated electrical and mechanical infrastructure. The facility features a rich ecosystem of connectivity options to major carriers, cloud providers, content networks, and other data centres. SV1 will also enable hyperscale cloud companies and large enterprises to customise their data vaults.
The 160,000 sq ft, four-story facility is being built on a 3.3 acre site, with 64,000 sq ft of data floor space and 16MW of scalable, critical IT power. SV1 will be fed by Silicon Valley Power, which has rates that are 25 to 40% lower than other Bay Area power companies.
"This is an important milestone in our company's history," said Doug Adams, president and CEO of RagingWire.
"With the addition of Silicon Valley to our portfolio, we now have data centre options in the top three data centre markets – Ashburn, Silicon Valley, and Dallas – plus land for build-to-suit data centres in Chicago, the #4 US data centre market, and we are part of the global data centre platform of NTT Com in over 20 countries and regions."
Highly coveted by major IT firms and public cloud providers, new data centre space in Santa Clara is also extremely rare. The vacancy rate is less than 8% among the more than 30 data centres operating within an area of 3.5 square miles in Santa Clara.
"The supply of wholesale data centre space in Silicon Valley is constrained," said Kelly Morgan, vice president at 451 Research.
"Many providers no longer have room to expand, and it is difficult to find suitable land with the necessary power and environmental characteristics needed to obtain permits. New data centre space in Silicon Valley, particularly Santa Clara, is typically leased before it is available and commissioned."
To address this demand, RagingWire is now accepting first customer commitments and leases for SV1, which is planned for availability in July 2020.
SV1 will have a seismic stability system that reduces shocks from earthquakes. This state-of-the-art design utilises a base isolation system that incorporates a combination of subterranean pendulum isolation and viscous dampers to protect the building and everything inside it.
The same base isolation system was used by RagingWire's parent company, NTT Communications, to save its data centres in Tokyo, Japan from damage during a 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in 2011. That event became the costliest natural disaster in history, causing approximately $235 billion of damage, but the NTT Com's data centres protected with this system were unharmed.
RagingWire has been 100%-owned by NTT Com since January 2018 after it had previously acquired an 80% equity stake in January 2014.