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News round-up: project announcements from Vantage, CapitaLand, Cologix and Aligned

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Project announcements from recent days across the US and Asia

Vantage Data Centers opens second facility

Vantage Dasta Centres now offers 16MW of IT capacity for hyperscalers, cloud providers and large enterprises, following the completion of phase one of VA12.

VA12 is the second of five planned facilities at Vantage's Northern Virginia campus, which is located in the heart of Data Centre Alley, Virginia.

“This past year, Vantage quickly ramped up our construction schedule to meet the skyrocketing demand for capacity in Northern Virginia,” said Jeff Tench, the newly named president of North America, Vantage Data Centers.

“The first phase of VA12 was brought online in just 10 months, which is a testament to our team and our strategic approach to design and construction for accelerating time to market for our customers.”

The campus features solar and wind energy sources onsite, the first of its kind in Northern Virginia, as well as industry-leading power usage effectiveness (PUE) and water usage effectiveness (WUE).

CapitaLand moves on hyperscale debut in China following acquisition

CapitaLand has acquired its first hyperscale campus in China, for S$757.7 million.

Located in Minhang District, an established data centre hub in Shanghai, the operating hyperscale campus serves two of China’s largest telcos. It comprises four buildings with a gross floor area of up to 75,000 square metres and up to 55MW of IT power capacity. 

The campus was previously owned by AVIC Trust, an investment arm of Shanghai-listed AVIC Capital, and an unrelated third-party vendor.  The acquisition is expected to be completed by 3Q 2021, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions precedent.

Puah Tze Shyang, CEO of investment and portfolio management, CapitaLand China, said: “CapitaLand’s entry into the data centre market in China will further diversify our portfolio across asset classes and build more operating capabilities.  This is in line with the Group’s strategy to pivot into new economy assets in the country.  We see strong potential to expand our data centre portfolio in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and leverage our growing base of new economy assets to bolster our fund management business in tandem.  We may also look for opportunities to take strategic positions in data centre operating platforms to accelerate our growth in a key market like China.  CapitaLand has the resources and reach to help these platforms grow their presence in other parts of Asia.  We will continue to look for new investments that stand to benefit from China’s economic transformation.” 

CapitaLand said the developments align with its ambition to grow data centre operations into a global business.

Cologix Completes Acquisition of Silicon Valley data centre

Cologix has acquired vXchnge's 84,000 square foot data centre and five-acre campus in Santa Clara, California, renaming it SV1.

Located at 2050 Martin Avenue, Santa Clara, the facility is in the heart of Silicon Valley, taking the operator's square feet of data centre space in the area to more than 84,000.

"Accelerated growth in cloud services continues to drive customer demand for connectivity to applications, data, carriers, networks and multiple clouds at the digital edge," said Laura Ortman, president and CRO of Cologix.

"This acquisition expands Cologix's footprint into Silicon Valley, the world's second largest interconnection hub. We are happy to welcome our new employees and customers to Cologix.  These new customers can now access our robust ecosystem of networks and carriers, public clouds, clouds service providers and partners through the Cologix Platform."

Aligned breaks ground on Chicago hyperscale campus

Aligned has broken ground on a new, 18.5-acre hyperscale campus in Chicago, Illinois.

The first facility to be built there will be ORD-01, a 520,000 square-foot, 48 MW facility, expandable to around 60 MW. Upon completion, the Chicago campus will offer more than 100MW of capacity.

“Whether by rail, road, air, or network packet, Chicago has long served as a major infrastructure hub for the nation’s commerce and now, a rapidly transforming digital economy.  We’re excited to bring our adaptive infrastructure and ExpandOnDemand capabilities to serve the needs of fast-growing customers in the Chicago market,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned.

“The city’s central location, attractive data centre sales tax incentives, long-haul connectivity and access to ample renewable energy options make it an ideal site for hyperscalers, cloud companies, and multinational enterprises to deploy their mission-critical infrastructure.”

ORD-01 is positioned at the convergence of more than 12 metro, long haul and international fiber networks, offering customers extensive local and global connectivity options. Located at 505 Northwest Avenue in Northlake, IL, ORD-01 will use Aligned's patented and award-winning Delta3™ cooling technology, which utilizes up to 80% less energy and 85% less water than traditional cooling systems.

 

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