Aligned Energy Launches Aligned Access™, Its Software-defined Connectivity Solution

Solution enables software-defined, carrier-neutral connectivity to leading cloud service providers, data centers and network service providers

DALLAS (March 20, 2019)Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces the launch of Aligned Access™.  This software-defined, carrier-neutral connectivity solution extends customer reach across Aligned’s data center network and beyond with accessibility to: leading Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, Salesforce, and others; IT service and network providers; and more.

As an intuitive, Software-Defined Network (SDN), Aligned Access allows customers to seamlessly adapt their hybrid IT needs and expand their network service capabilities and footprint with highly reliable connectivity and low-latency transport.  The Aligned Access portfolio of carrier-neutral connectivity solutions includes:

  • Aligned Cloud Access – Secure, private and cost-effective hosted or dedicated direct connectivity to leading CSPs. Services can be provisioned from 1Gbps to 100 Gbps instantly from Aligned Energy’s data centers in AshburnDallasPhoenix and Salt Lake City.
  • Aligned DCI Access –  Secure, low-latency, high-resiliency and cost-effective Data Center Interconnect (DCI) Access, enabling connectivity from customers’ own facilities or managed infrastructure, to and between all Aligned data centers and connected CSPs.
  • Aligned Transport Access – Carrier-grade Layer 2 and Layer 3 transport service offering blended or dedicated IP and point-to-point, high-speed, low-latency connectivity through a variety of wholesale partners.  Available in 10 Gigabit Ethernet increments as dedicated protected or unprotected circuits.
  • Aligned On-net Access – Seamless, carrier-neutral provisioning and turn-up for highly reliable and low latency connectivity to customers, partners and service providers with no monthly cross-connect fees.

“Aligned Energy is committed to providing carrier-neutral and open connectivity to extend the reach of our customers to the cloud, to their customers, partners and providers, and beyond,” comments Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy.  “These ideals, along with our powerfully-built services, ultimately promote better outcomes for customers both today and in the future, empowering critical expansion while facilitating a new path forward for data center connectivity.”

With Ashburn ranked as having the highest density of dark fiber in the world, and Phoenix, Dallas and Salt Lake City all boasting some of the country’s fastest internet speeds and mobile networks, Aligned Energy’s data centers are strategically located to provide robust, high-speed connectivity infrastructure.  Each facility delivers carrier-neutral connectivity to a wide range of carriers and telecommunications providers using a diverse set of Meet-Me Rooms (MMRs), all at no monthly cross connect fees.

For more information about Aligned Access, visit alignedenergy.com/solutions/connectivity.

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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 eight 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 Energy.

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.

To learn more about Aligned’s Salt Lake City-area facility in West Jordan, visit www.alignedenergy.com/data-centers/salt-lake-city.