Aligned Energy Announces Phase Two Expansion at Its Ashburn Data Center Campus

ASHBURN, VIRGINIA – MARCH 10, 2020 – 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 that its hyperscale data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia will be expanded to meet growing customer demand. Representing one of the fastest expansions of new capacity in the Ashburn market this year, at full build, the campus will offer ~ 1 mm square feet of data center, office and amenity space as well as 180 MW of total critical load.

“Ashburn continues to be a critical growth market and we’re excited to embark on delivering the next phase of capacity in ‘Data Center Alley’,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “The sophistication of customers, as well as the level of development and demand in the region, require unprecedented speed to market and solution versatility that pushes beyond the boundaries of traditional data center construction and operational methodologies. Designed to be truly adaptive and future-proof, the Aligned Ashburn campus attracts a broad range of customers and requirements, from the standard-density enterprise all the way up to the highest-density hyperscale organization.”

The Aligned Ashburn campus was built leveraging the Company’s advanced supply chain methodology, which is based on standardization, scalability, prefabrication and simplicity. It has been instrumental in ensuring that customers achieve aggressive speed-to-market and scale with minimal exposure to risk. Additionally, as Aligned’s customers in Ashburn gravitate towards multi-density environments, its patented, award-winning Delta³™ cooling system provides a hyper-scalable and ultra-efficient environment that dynamically adapts to customers’ IT loads and supports high, mixed and variable rack densities of 1-50kW in the same row.

Situated adjacent to the highest density of dark fiber in the nation, Aligned’s Ashburn campus provides ample connectivity, offering on and near-net access to more than 18 carriers, network fabrics, and major exchanges. Moreover, the Company’s Aligned Access™ solution enables customers to expand their reach and dynamically connect to customers and partners; cloud, IT service and network providers; Internet Exchange (IX) platforms; and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) found within its Ashburn data center and beyond.

For more information about Aligned and its Ashburn data center campus, visit www.alignedenergy.com/data-centers/ashburn/.

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About Aligned Energy

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). 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 sustainability, reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Aligned Matches 100% of Its IT Load with Renewable Energy Sources Across All Data Centers

DALLAS – FEBRUARY 26, 2020 – 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 its increased commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability by matching 100% of the IT loads across the Company’s data center portfolio with certified renewable energy. With its expanded sustainability program, Aligned continues its commitment to the Future of Internet Power’s (FOIP) Corporate Colocation and Cloud Buyers’ Principles and will provide written attestation to its customers in accordance with FOIP’s documentation requirements for supplier-procured renewable energy.

“Aligned is committed to powering our data center portfolio with renewable, clean energy and working with clients to achieve our shared carbon-reduction goals,” states Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “Our focus is to provide ultra-efficient, rapidly deployable and sustainable data center solutions that enable customers to scale easily and efficiently as their business grows, while supporting a clean energy future.”

Allowing customers to Expand on Demand sustainably, an essential element of Aligned’s adaptive data centers is its patented, award-winning cooling system, which features the company’s Delta³ ™ technology. The cooling system provides a hyper-scalable and ultra-efficient environment that dynamically adapts to customers’ IT loads and supports high, mixed and variable rack densities of 1-50kW in the same row. With an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), Aligned’s cooling system delivers efficiency at any load, in any climate, and regardless of location. The system also requires up to 80% less energy and consumes up to 85% less water with the ability to run waterless.

Founded on the premise of solving the world’s toughest sustainability challenges associated with data center infrastructure, energy consumption and water usage, Aligned also employs a commitment to sustainable supply chain practices, data center design, construction and interior fit-out, as well as operations. Sustainability initiatives are driven by a cross-functional Sustainability Committee comprised of leadership from the Company’s Customer Experience, Design & Construction, Operations, Innovation and Technology, Finance, Audit and Compliance, and Branding divisions.

For more information about Aligned’s Sustainability Program, visit https://www.alignedenergy.com/sustainability.

About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). 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 sustainability, reliability and their bottom line.  For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Aligned Partners with PacketFabric to Expand On-Demand Cloud and Network Connectivity Across Its Data Centers

DALLAS – JANUARY 20, 2020 – Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces a partnership with PacketFabric, the leading Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) platform, to expand connectivity options at its Ashburn, Dallas, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City data centers. Now part of the Aligned AccessTM ecosystem, PacketFabric will provide Aligned customers with private, direct access to major cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud; connectivity to 160-plus Points of Presence (PoPs) in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific; and interconnectivity to internet exchanges, network and XaaS providers.

“Aligned’s data center campuses are all strategically located and positioned to provide the robust, high-speed connectivity our customers require,” states Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “With the deployment of PacketFabric’s software-defined networking platform at Aligned’s facilities, our customers can now take advantage of instant, highly scalable and secure connectivity between any two or more points on its expansive global network, and at capacities ranging from one to 100 Gigabits per second.”

The deployment of PacketFabric’s NaaS platform in Aligned’s data center campuses offers Aligned customers the ability to reach cloud and other technology service providers on the PacketFabric network, as well as new partners, customers and locations. Additionally, this partnership will empower companies with the ability to create Data Center Interconnections between all existing Aligned data centers, as well as the 160+ on-net PacketFabric locations easily, quickly and with flexible terms.

“We are excited to bring our fully-automated network-as-a-service platform to Aligned’s data center campuses, enabling their customers to quickly and easily connect to the cloud or anywhere on our platform,” comments Chad Milam, President and Chief Executive Officer at PacketFabric.

Aligned Access™ enables companies to extend their reach and dynamically connect to customers and partners; cloud, IT service and network providers; Internet Exchange (IX) platforms; and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) found within Aligned’s data centers and beyond. This 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.

All Aligned data center campuses offer network-neutral connectivity to a robust portfolio of top-tier carriers and telecommunications providers by way of multiple diverse Meet-Me Rooms (MMRs) and fiber entrances with lit and dark fiber services, and a seamless build process for carriers not already available. Aligned’s new flagship Ashburn data center campus is sited approximately 800 feet from the original UUNET-managed MAE East Exchange, one of the world’s first Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). The facility sits atop major fiber and conduit routes with access to more than 50 regional and long haul carriers.

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About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). 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. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About PacketFabric

PacketFabric redefines how companies procure, consume, and manage their network connectivity services. Leveraging an innovative, entirely automated SDN-based network architecture and the latest in optical and packet switching technology, PacketFabric enables dynamic, real-time connectivity services between major carrier-neutral colocation facilities at terabit-scale. PacketFabric facilitates private network connectivity between more than 160 premier colocation facilities across 20 global markets, and enables simple, cost-effective, and scalable network deployment via its advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal. For more information, visit www.packetfabric.com or connect with PacketFabric on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

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Datto Selects Aligned for Ongoing Expansion

WEST JORDAN, UTAH – December 4, 2019Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces today that Datto, Inc., the leading global provider of IT solutions delivered through managed service providers (MSPs), has selected Aligned’s Salt Lake Metro data center for its ongoing expansion. Datto offers business continuity and disaster recovery, networking, business management, and file backup and sync solutions that empower small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to compete in vertical markets across the globe.

“Datto protects data for businesses around the world, and our recent growth has been driven by the ongoing surge of small business IT,” states William Speirs, Ph.D., Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering Technology at Datto. “We were looking for a partner we could grow with, and Aligned’s adaptable data center platform provides the flexibility to accommodate the scale and densification of our environment. Aligned’s rapid deployment model enabled a seamless migration into their facility, eliminating risk and minimizing any impact on our business operations.”

Aligned’s West Jordan data center is strategically located to provide robust, high-speed connectivity infrastructure and access to a wide range of carriers and telecommunications providers. Datto is now able to expand its service capabilities and footprint as well as add additional redundancy.

Additionally, Aligned’s patented, award-winning data center cooling technology, Delta Cube (Delta³), which is purpose-built to support high, mixed, and variable power densities, allows Datto to initiate at one density profile and scale up as needed to 50 kW per rack within the same footprint — all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and utilizing up to 80% less energy and 85% less water. Combined with Aligned’s patented CACTUS® unit, an air-cooled adiabatic assisted cooling system, this cooling solution delivers efficiency at any load, in any climate, and regardless of location to support Datto’s sustainability objectives.

“Leveraging our adaptive data center platform and dynamic infrastructure, Datto now has the ability to easily scale as its business continues to expand,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “There are budgetary risks and scheduling challenges associated with a major data center migration. However, thanks to our capital structure, operational processes and staff, and best-in-class partners, we were able to provide Datto with a comfort level of stability and support, as well as an adaptive data center environment ready for service in just three months.”

For more information about Aligned and its Salt Lake Metro data center, visit: https://www.alignedenergy.com/data-centers/salt-lake-city/

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Aligned Breaks Ground on Second Salt Lake Metro Data Center

WEST JORDAN, UT (October 30, 2019)Aligned, 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 expansion of its Salt Lake Metro data center campus, breaking ground on a second facility in West Jordan, Utah.  The expansion is driven by the addition of a new anchor customer as well as demand for adaptable, scalable data center infrastructure in the Western technology hub.

“Aligned continues to set  — and achieve — aggressive speed-to-market targets, most recently in Ashburn, and now in Salt Lake County with our latest greenfield deployment,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “Expected to complete in Q1 2020, our second West Jordan facility will provide adaptable, efficient and sustainable data center infrastructure to enable enhanced availability, performance and scale for customers’ growing cloud and application workloads in the region.”

Building on Aligned’s existing 34 MW, 300,000 sq. ft. West Jordan data center, the adjacent new 240,000-sq.-ft. facility will add 48 MW of capacity. At full build, the master-planned Aligned SLC campus will offer 780,000 square feet of space and 130 MW of capacity in the Silicon Slopes.

Aligned’s SLC data center campus will feature the Company’s patented Delta Cube (Delta³)TM cooling technology, which allows customers to scale up to 50 kW per rack without having to reconfigure existing infrastructure, disperse equipment, or require large-scale CapEx investments — all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and utilizing up to 80% less energy and 85% less water. Combined with Aligned’s patented CACTUS® unit, this cooling solution delivers efficiency at any load, in any climate, regardless of location to support customers’ sustainability goals.

“We are happy to see Aligned’s expansion in West Jordan. The Company’s decision to further invest in our city shows confidence in West Jordan’s growing economy and workforce,” says West Jordan City Mayor Jim Riding. “We are proud to partner with this leading data center that will bring new job opportunities for citizens, allowing them to live and work in West Jordan.”

In addition to its position as a growing technology center, infrastructure tax credits, alternative energy incentives and some of the lowest occurrences of natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. make Salt Lake City a desirable colocation market. Classified as a cold desert, Utah’s low humidity levels also make it ideal for ambient cooling. Furthermore, the state enjoys some of the lowest-cost electricity and natural gas rates in the nation, and renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are rapidly growing.

 

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Aligned Secures Nearly $500 Million Facility to Support Expansion Plans

DALLAS (October 22, 2019)Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announced today it has completed a $495 million secured credit facility with investors including Goldman Sachs Bank USA, CPPIB Credit Investments Inc. (CPPIB Credit), a subsidiary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and a global investment management corporation.

The new facility provides Aligned with flexible, lower-cost capital to support its growth objectives,  including the development of an expanding data center portfolio and the delivery of adaptable Colocation and Build-to-Scale solutions at scale in Dallas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. Aligned’s most recent expansions include the completion of phase one of its hyperscale data center campus in Ashburn, VA, bringing an initial 60 MW to the heart of Data Center Alley, as well as an 8 MW expansion of its Dallas-area data center.

“We’re very pleased with the results of this transaction, and look forward to working with our capital partners to support the next phase of growth at Aligned,” said Anubhav Raj, CFO of Aligned. “The secured loan with CPPIB Credit, Goldman Sachs, and a global investment management corporation, along with the continued backing of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and BlueMountain Capital Management, further round out Aligned’s investor base and ensure we are well-positioned to take advantage of future expansion opportunities.”

“Our new credit facility underpins Aligned’s commitment to delivering critical capacity in record time,” added Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “By achieving the next level of speed-to-market and scale, Aligned is meeting our customers’ growing demand for adaptable and highly efficient data center infrastructure solutions delivered where they need them, when they need them.”

Dechert LLP served as legal counsel to Goldman Sachs USA and Arnold & Porter represented CPPIB Credit on the financial transaction, while Cooley LLP represented Aligned.

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