Aligned Energy Experiencing Rapid Growth Announces New 50 Megawatt Salt Lake City Data Center

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Aligned Energy Experiencing Rapid Growth Announces New 50 Megawatt Salt Lake City Data Center 

Colocation site underway for 3Q 2018 commissioning, in the heart of growing data market

DALLAS (March 20, 2018) – Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider, today announced its new Salt Lake City-area development in West Jordan. When completed this summer the 300,000 square foot building will serve as a colocation data center supporting both cloud providers and enterprise customers.

“Our new data center in West Jordan addresses the needs of cloud providers, enterprise companies and our existing customers that require an adaptive, future-proof data center solution in and around the greater Salt Lake area,” said Aligned Energy CEO, Andrew Schaap. “We are delighted to be a part of the Salt Lake business community, expand our portfolio to a new market and serve the region with an incredibly efficient and highly reliable data center platform. We continue to see strong demand for our services in Phoenix, Dallas and now Salt Lake.”

Situated on 60 acres, including a dedicated on-site substation, the facility is being renovated to become a colocation data center delivering 50 MW of critical capacity. The site will initially provide a 75,000 square foot data hall, 15,000 square feet of rentable office space, and 9,700 square feet of technical burn-in and storage space. The building also will have a dedicated loading dock, conference rooms, drop-in office pods, a café area, and shower facilities on site.

Aligned Energy’s new state-of-the-art Salt Lake City facility delivers an industry-leading 1.15 PUE (Power-Usage-Effectiveness). Utility power for the data center will be provided by Rocky Mountain Power. Green energy options are available.

About Aligned Energy 

Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions combined with our patented cooling technology offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom-line.

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4 Things to Know About Phoenix Data Centers

The data center sector is booming. By the end of 2017, markets in the United States saw approximately 315 megawatts in net absorption, according to JLL’s 2018 Data Center Outlook. This accounts for more than half of the overall absorption rate of 583.5 megawatts across top global markets. Europe, Middle East and Africa came in second with a total 135 megawatts, while the Asia-Pacific region reached about 85 megawatts.

As far as construction trends are concerned, U.S. regions still take the crown with 188 megawatts in the pipeline. The top-tier markets remain Northern Virginia, Chicago and Silicon Valley. Other markets are catching up fast, however.

GROWING TECH HUB

Phoenix is one such area, with a rapid growth that does not show signs of slowing down. CBRE’s 2018 Market Outlook defines it as a maturing data center market, along Atlanta, Minneapolis and Portland. At the end of 2017, it saw a net absorption of 29.9 megawatts, an 80 percent increase since 2016, JLL reports. Furthermore, the metro is quickly becoming a bona fide technology hub. A Robert Half Technology survey estimates an increase of roughly 8 percent in tech employment, with the likes of Intel to invest billions of dollars and to create thousands of jobs in Chandler, Ariz.

Large data center operators have a solid footprint in Phoenix and are constantly consolidating it as demand for IT solutions grows. CyrusOne is expanding its campus in Chandler, Digital Realty Trust will build a new 17-acre facility in the same area, while EdgeConneX recently closed on a 47-acre land deal in Mesa for new development.

AN INSIDER’S VIEW

Aligned Energy is among the key players in this market. Founded in 2013, the company currently operates a 550,000-square-foot, 120-megawatt data center in Phoenix, where construction on a new expansion is currently underway. The company adopts a build-to-scale strategy when developing new facilities, building them in a way that allows a rapid incremental addition of capacity according to needs.

Commercial Property Executive talked to Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy, for a more in-depth view on why Phoenix is such an attractive market right now. Schaap, who joined Aligned Energy in 2017 with an experience of more than a decade in the sector, outlined his views in the four responses below.

What is Aligned Energy’s role in this fast-growing market?

Schaap: As we continue to grow and attract more clients to our adaptive data centers we expect to see further impact on the demand for capacity. This is a strong market for so many reasons, and we have a vested interest in this community. From sustainable, renewable energy to new cooling technology that sets new levels of power efficiency, we believe that this market is conducive to realizing our vision for the future of data centers.

Arizona tax advantages are partially responsible for Phoenix being such an attractive market for data center clients and operators. What other key factors are worth mentioning?

Schaap: Beyond the tax advantages, Phoenix is a business-friendly market that is attractive nationally for data center colocation needs in the western U.S. They have a diverse economy and are an established tech hub. Large corporate enterprises and web scale companies view Phoenix as a strategic market given its low risk for natural disasters, educated workforce, proximity to other major western markets, stability of the electrical grid, telecom resources, focus on sustainability and overall pro-business environment.

As a maturing data center market, how do you see Phoenix evolving in the near future?

Schaap: Phoenix is growing into a major data center market in the U.S. I think we will continue to see strong demand driven by the digital economy and rapid cloud adoption. The market is well positioned for the future and we’re excited to be a part of it with our 550,000-square-foot, 120-megawatt data center in North Phoenix.

Moving on to the broader picture, how does Aligned Energy gauge itself in 2018, a year expected to exceed 2017 in total data center investment volume?

Schaap: We believe we are uniquely positioned in the data center industry with our dynamic data center platform that efficiently adapts to client workloads, which, like IT in general, is becoming more variable. Customers require support for both legacy applications as well as modern IT infrastructure and thus our ability to flex from low density to high density—in the same footprint—provides our clients with strategic and operational benefits. In parallel, our ability to rapidly scale and provide our customers with exceptional service positively positions us for a successful 2018.

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Aligned Energy Launches 200,000 SF Expansion of Ultra-Efficient Data Center in Phoenix, AZ

Aligned Energy, an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise and managed service providers, today announced a 200,000-square-foot expansion at the company’s 51-acre, 550,000-square-foot, 120 MW data center campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

Situated at 2500 W Union Hills, the addition of Phase II will be able to accommodate 60MW at full build-out. The facility expansion, which will substantially increase the amount of space available to clients, is a result of the strong demand that Aligned Energy is experiencing for their high-performance, adaptive data center platform that is dynamically scalable, efficient and reliable.

“Forward-looking businesses today require a data center provider that offers advanced, future-proofing infrastructure solutions that keep pace with the demands of the client’s ever evolving requirements on density and scaleability,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. “Our Phoenix data center does just that. We are thrilled to increase our floorplate to welcome new clients and continue to grow with existing ones as they look for a partner that is responsive, experienced and always at the forefront of engineering transformative solutions.”

Located in the heart of one of the top U.S. data center markets, Aligned Energy’s Phoenix data center campus demonstrates an unequivocal dedication to solving client and industry challenges. Addressing fluctuations in high-density and variable workloads, Aligned Energy offers flexible rack densities of up to 50 kW, enabling customers to deploy legacy systems alongside computational applications without latency or disruption. The Phoenix campus also utilizes significantly less resources, guaranteeing a 1.15 PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) and consuming up to 85 percent less water and up to 80 percent less energy than traditional facilities, reducing natural resource use and clients’ total cost of ownership.

About Aligned Energy

Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions combined with our patented cooling technology offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom-line.

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Aligned Energy Announces Appointment of Jay Forester to Senior Vice President of Platform Delivery and Technical Operations

PLANO, TX – January 23, 2018 – Aligned Energy, an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise and managed service providers, today announced the appointment of Jay Forester to Senior Vice President of Platform Delivery and Technical Operations. Forester’s leadership will play a pivotal role in executing Aligned Energy’s mission to engineer rapidly deployable, adaptive, efficient and responsive data center ecosystems that continuously improve economic and environmental performance.

With over 40 years of demonstrated data center design and construction experience on behalf of both emerging and large-scale providers, Forester will be responsible for ensuring the seamless migration and deployment of high-density, variable client workloads to deliver uninterrupted connectivity and efficient operation. He will also work closely with Aligned Energy’s leadership to develop and bring to market adaptive, intelligent infrastructure solutions that scale on-demand and optimize resource allocation. His experience and skills will further enhance the momentum of expansion the company is currently experiencing.

“Throughout his extensive and very impressive career, Jay has established a strong and successful track record of leading complex facility developments while managing advanced technological systems with unequivocal ease,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. “As we look to continue to grow and expand our world-class team, Jay’s expertise will be critical in further establishing a data center environment for our clients that adapts and transforms with the digital economy.”

Forester most recently served as Senior Vice President of Product Delivery at Compass Datacenters, coordinating and overseeing all facets of property and data center facility development. Prior to joining Compass Datacenters, Forester held a five-year tenure as Vice President of Construction in North America at Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR), where he led the U.S.-based Design and Construction Departments under the Chief Technology Officer.

Currently operating out of Aligned Energy’s Plano headquarters, Forester holds a Master’s degree in Business and Commerce from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University.

About Aligned Energy

Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility-accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions combined with our patented cooling technology offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom-line.

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Jonathan Pappas

jpappas@solomonmccown.com
617.981.2194

Sharp HealthCare Selects Aligned Energy as Data Center Provider

PHOENIX & SAN DIEGO (PRWEB)NOVEMBER 06, 2017

Aligned Energy, an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise and managed service providers, today announced that Sharp HealthCare, a preeminent not-for-profit healthcare provider based in San Diego, has signed a multi-year colocation contract for Aligned Energy’s adaptive data center in Phoenix, AZ.

“As San Diego’s leading healthcare system, our citizens rely on Sharp Healthcare’s commitment to patient-centered medical excellence,” said Sharp HealthCare President and CEO Michael Murphy. “We selected Aligned Energy as our colocation partner for numerous reasons but one major differentiator was their flexibility and their ability to deploy varying density within aisles. This was important in our decision process because as we continue to grow and expand our services, we needed an experienced partner who can future-proof our data center needs and scale with us on demand as we need to.”

Aligned Energy’s data center infrastructure is unique in that it responds to both standard and dynamic workloads with flexible rack densities of up to 50 kW, or 1000 watts per square foot, enabling customers to deploy computational applications without latency or disruption.

“Additionally, Aligned Energy’s data center is considered a ‘sustainable redevelopment project,’ which qualifies us for Arizona’s equipment sales tax exemption for 20 years, significantly lowering our total IT infrastructure costs,” added Murphy.

“Sharp HealthCare is in the incredibly important business of saving lives, and the company has built a reputation of providing the highest medical service to its patients,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. “We’re delighted to support them to ensure their dynamic workloads are met with 100% uptime so that they remain at the forefront of medical innovation and compassionate care.”

Dedicated to continuously improving economic and environmental performance, Aligned Energy’s footprint-based business model and flexible intelligent infrastructure solutions scale with client demand. With Aligned Energy’s patented, award-winning heat removal cooling technology and guaranteed Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15, Sharp HealthCare will consume 85% less water and up to 80% less energy than capacity deployed in traditional facilities. Coinciding with Sharp HealthCare’s “Always Green” corporate sustainability campaign, this hyper-efficient ecosystem will lower Sharp HealthCare’s total cost of ownership, resulting in an estimated $12 million reduction of capital and operating expenses over the next seven years.

About Sharp HealthCare

Sharp HealthCare, San Diego’s most comprehensive health care delivery system, is recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac, cancer, multi-organ transplantation, orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, women’s health, home health and hospice services. Sharp HealthCare has been widely acclaimed for its commitment to transform the health care experience for patients, physicians and staff through an organization-wide performance improvement initiative called The Sharp Experience. The Sharp HealthCare system includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups, a health plan, and numerous outpatient facilities and programs.

About Aligned Energy

Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions combined with our patented cooling technology offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom-line.

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Jonathan Pappas

jpappas@solomonmccown.com
617.981.2194

Leading Technology Consulting Firm Selects Aligned Energy as Data Center Colocation Partner

Aligned Energy, an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise and managed service providers, today announced that a leading information technology consulting business has signed a multi-year contract supporting a mission-critical production environment in Aligned’s adaptive data center in Phoenix, AZ.

“To help support their continued growth in the Southwest, our client was looking for a data center partner capable of rapidly deploying their private cloud environment backed by reliability and uptime,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. “We’re delighted that our adaptive data centers continue to attract high-performing companies who seek a colocation partner able to meet their evolving business needs with flexible, scalable and efficient solutions.”

Aligned Energy’s data center infrastructure is unique in that it responds to both standard and dynamic workloads with flexible rack densities of up to 50 kW, or 1000 watts per square foot, enabling customers to deploy computational applications without latency or disruption.

Additionally, their intelligent infrastructure solutions are engineered to continuously improve economic and environmental performance, and guarantee a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15. By partnering with Aligned Energy, businesses will use up to 85 percent less water and up to 80 percent less power than workloads deployed in traditional facilities, reducing the environmental impact of their facilities and resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.

About Aligned Energy

Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows us to deliver data centers like a utility—accessible and consumable as needed. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions combined with our patented cooling technology offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom-line.

Media Contact

Jonathan Pappas

jpappas@solomonmccown.com
617.981.2194