Growing Need for Adaptable, Sustainable Infrastructure Drives Aligned’s Latest Expansion in Silicon Slopes

It’s been a little over four months since we officially opened the doors of our Salt Lake City-area facility in West Jordan. In those four short months, we’ve received great feedback regarding the meaningful, positive impact of our efficient, highly reliable and adaptive data center platform.

Completed in just six months, the first phase of data center construction showcased not only the support of our customers and the greater Salt Lake City community, but also the hard work and dedication of our platform and operations teams as well as construction and technology partners.  It also substantiated the effectiveness and critical nature of Aligned’s advanced supply chain methodology and inventory management system.

Since then, we’ve embarked on the second phase of expansion to serve the fourth generation of Utah tech.  Our construction teams are hard at work in response to the growing needs of cloud providers, enterprise companies and our existing customers in the region, all whom require an adaptive, reliable and sustainable colocation solution.

“Aligned’s latest expansion in West Jordan is a critical milestone in the company’s next growth phase, and we couldn’t have gotten here without the support of our customers, partners, team and surrounding community,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned.

Aligned Salt Lake City features our patented, award-winning heat rejection technology, Delta Cube; the platform is also underpinned by Aligned’s VSAS™ methodology – velocity, scalability, adaptability, and sustainability.  Located on 55 acres, including a dedicated on-site substation, the 600,000-square-foot facility can deliver up to 130 MW of critical capacity and industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).

The state of Utah and the Salt Lake City area met even the most stringent criteria of Aligned’s rigorous data center site selection process.  Boasting an extensive fiber infrastructure, the state ranks first in the West and eighth worldwide for fastest internet connectivity speeds. Utah also ranks fifth in the nation for national disaster safety, and its cold desert classification allows for ambient air cooling.  Combine that with some of the cheapest electricity and natural gas rates in the nation, and it’s no surprise 451 Research ranks Silicon Slopes as a top 10 U.S. multi-tenant data center market.  The skiing isn’t bad either.

In addition to these data center drivers, the state also boasts a rich history of playing a critical role in championing innovations that underpinned numerous Industrial Revolutions. Just North of Salt Lake City in 1860, for example, the last golden spike was hammered into the ground, marking the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad — one of the First Industrial Revolution’s major innovations.  A year later near the city center, the final link between the East and West Coast’s telegraph networks was established, and with it, so was the Second Industrial Revolution.  Jumping ahead to just 45 years ago, on Aligned Salt Lake City’s very data center site, National Semiconductor built a manufacturing facility to fabricate its first wafer silicon chip. This invention ignited the Third Industrial Revolution.

As we now stand on the brink of the next great disruptive innovations, the Salt Lake City area and Aligned’s data center are poised to play another significant role in their perpetuation.  From the adaptable platform to the next-generation technologies we have deployed there, we believe Aligned Salt Lake City as well as our entire network of data centers are the new engines of innovation for not only the next Utah tech wave, but also for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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The Rise of the Adaptive Data Center

Published by: Andrew Schaap – CEO at Aligned Data Centers

Addressing the evolving needs of the high-capacity buyer

The data center sector has changed dramatically over the last decade, with hyperscale and platform providers driving the most recent building boom. According to new data published by Synergy Research Group, the number of large data centers operated by hyperscale providers rose by 11% in 2018, reaching 430 by the end of the year; another 132 remain in the pipeline.

What’s driving the surge? The major public cloud service providers increasingly attract the migration of ever-expanding enterprise workloads. The leading social networks have a business model founded on consumers eagerly providing them with troves of invaluable personal data. And the raison d’être of over the top (OTTs, content providers that distribute streaming media as a standalone product) is filling the bulk of our free time with seemingly infinite libraries of entertainment.

Business at this scale appears to have reached not so much an upward trend as an irresistible gravitational force; but with success comes challenges. Among the most prominent tests these digital giants face is to strategically manage compute, network, and storage capacity effectively and efficiently to keep up with surging demand.

Use of hyperscale platforms and services is critical to daily business operations. For example, consider how the multinational enterprise has evolved from siloed approaches of production to workflows based on new tools and technology platforms offering increased collaboration. However, with digital transformation comes the on-demand consumer, who will not tolerate even a transient blip in service delivery — an issue that oftentimes results from constraints of resources and infrastructure.

Equally, if not more significant, has been the veritable data tsunami that continues to engulf cloud and platform providers every day. To provide a useful reference point, according to IBM, more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data were created daily in 2016. By estimates provided by IDC, data creation since the dawn of the internet has doubled in size every two years, and by 2025, the amount of data created and copied annually will grow to 163 zettabytes (ZB), or one trillion gigabytes. That equates to ten times the 16.1 ZB of data generated just three years ago.

As the capacity needs of hyperscale giants, platform and cloud providers, and enterprises using high-density computing continue to swell, they must continually roll out scalable infrastructure that supports their expansion strategically, while simultaneously maintaining the same quality of service expected of them, for an increasingly larger and geographically diverse user base.

Read the full article on Mission Critical Magazine here.