FOCUS BUILD UPDATE
Issue 7, Dec 09/Jan 10
BUILD: FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
UNITED STATES: WITH DEMAND OUTPACING SUPPLY, US SEES NEW-BUILD SQUARE FOOTAGE IN SIX DIGITS
There is no end in sight for data center market growth in the US, with demand outpacing supply three-fold, according to Jim Kerrigan, EVP and director of the National Data Center Practice at real estate advisory firm Grubb & Ellis.
After slow leasing activity in the year’s first two quarters, demand has picked up and both wholesale and colocation prices rose by about 15%, Kerrigan said at DatacenterDynamics’ Chicago conference in October.
Overland Park, Kansas-based colocation and managed service provider Quality Technology Services received an infusion of capital it said it would use to build an additional 200,000 sq ft of data center space at its one-million sq ft facility in Atlanta, Georgia.
QualityTech said in late October that growth equity firm General Atlantic had agreed to invest $150m into the company which, in addition to two facilities in Georgia, owns data centers in Kansas, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Indiana.
The first phase (currently online) is also 200,000 sq ft. It was completed in the third quarter of 2007.
The facility has an on-site electrical substation capable of supplying up to 80MW of power. At full build-out it will house about 550,000 sq ft of data center floor space and 200,000 sq ft of office space.
QualityTech plans to bring Phase 2 online in the second quarter of 2010.
i/o Data Centers, another colocation provider, has also began building out a second phase of one of its facilities. The company said Phase 1 of its Phoenix One data center in its hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, was quickly approaching full occupancy and it was necessary to begin developing Phase 2 ahead of schedule.
The additional data center floor area will measure 180,000 sq ft and have up to 20MW of power available. Phase 1 space and power capacity are identical.
Silicon Valley colocation and internet backbone provider Hurricane Electric finished and brought online Phase 3 of its 208,000 sq ft data
UK data center provider Next Generation Data (NGD) has begun building out its massive Wales data center on a site the company leases from the Welsh government. Around mid-October, NGD announced that the facility’s first client was moving in.
The client’s name was not specified, but the company said it was generally going after enterprise and government customers.
The three-storey building’s footprint is about 807,300 sq ft. It was originally built as a semiconductor plant but was never
center in Fremont, California. The new phase provides 24,000 sq ft of data center floor, with power capacity of 3MW.
The company has another 45,000 sq ft data center in Fremont and a 3,000 sq ft facility in San Jose, California.
Hurricane Electric also operates what it claims is the world’s largest IPv6 network.
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In another major Silicon Valley development, CoreSite has settled on a completion date for its complex in Santa Clara, California. The company said in November it was planning to bring the first 50,000 sq ft online in Q1 2010.
The site has space for two more phases, measuring 180,000 sq ft each. CoreSite plans to invest about $350m in all three phases. At full build-out, the complex will receive up to 49MW of power from Silicon Valley Power – Santa Clara’s city-operated utility.
EUROPE: NGD BEGINS BUILD-OUT IN WALES AND IBM BECOMES GLOBAL SWITCH’S ANCHOR CLIENT IN PARIS
commissioned as such. NGD chief executive Nick Razey said it contained “30 data centers under one roof”.
Each computer room inside the data center has its own mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Two high-voltage utility feeds are the only infrastructure all individual spaces share. The substation feeding power to the data center is about 0.6 miles away.
Razey said the company can provide and manage up to 60kW per rack and said the site features low-latency fibre feeds from several major telecoms.
It has robust security features, including an 82ft clearance between the building and the 13ft prison-grade fence. The building has thick walls, bomb-proof glass and, according to Razey, NGD employs “ex special forces security guards”.
Another large building made for manufacturing is being examined for its suitability to house a data center. Glasgow-based Energy Solutions Consultants said late October that it was conducting a feasibility study for the former Compaq plant in Ayr, Scotland.
The building, after changing hands among a number of organisations – including HP – currently belongs to developer Centaur. It is being considered for a four-hall data center. According to Energy Solutions’ William Morris, the possible facility would receive about 3.2MW.
Data center provider Global Switch is building its second Paris data center, adjacent to its existing facility. IBM is expected to take up half of the six-floor building with a 183,000 sq ft footprint.
Global Switch said it planned to bring the data center online in 2011. Paris 2 will bring the company’s portfolio to nine data centers across Europe and Asia-Pacific.
In early October, Silicon Valley-based global colocation and peering service provider Equinix announced a plan to build its second data center in Geneva. The plan continues the company’s $1.4bn expansion programme, announced in 2007.
The 48,800 sq ft facility (scheduled to come online in December) will be Equinix’s sixth in Switzerland. The company already has four data centers in Zurich.
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