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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Aligned Completes Phase One of Ashburn Data Center Campus

First Phase of Capacity Delivered and Formal Commissioning Underway at the Hyperscale Campus

ASHBURN, VA – SEPTEMBER 16, 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 completion of phase one of its hyperscale data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia.  The  initial 368,755 square-foot, 60 MW facility will be followed by a 409,000 square-foot, 120 MW development on the 26-acre campus.  At full build, the planned Aligned Ashburn campus will offer over 1 MM square feet of space and 180 MW of total critical load in the heart of Loudoun County, Virginia — the nation’s most robust data center market.

“Leveraging our standardized supply chain methodology, a dedicated, 50 MW, auto-replenished inventory pool, and best-of-breed partners, Aligned constructed two data halls and built out the first 12 MW of data center space, expandable to 60 MW, in less than six months,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned.  “Aligned Ashburn is among the fastest building permit to commissioning construction projects in the history of Ashburn’s critical infrastructure, delivering critical capacity in record time to meet the growing need for high-density, highly efficient and scalable colocation solutions in Ashburn.”

Ashburn continues to be the top choice for data center facilities due to its proximity to major population centers, affordable and reliable power, and favorable tax incentives.  It is also home to the world’s densest fiber network.   Aligned Ashburn sits atop these major fiber and conduit routes, providing access to more than 50 carriers in the immediate area.  In fact, the Company’s new flagship Ashburn data center campus is located less than 800 feet from the original UUNET-managed MAE East Exchange — the first Internet Exchange Point (IXP).

Aligned Ashburn features the Company’s award-winning, patented cooling technology, Delta Cube (Delta³), which allows customers to deploy infrastructure where and when they need it — and reconfigure quickly and seamlessly, and usually within the same footprint — as their requirements change. With Delta³, workload densities can scale in place without having to reconfigure existing infrastructure, disperse equipment, or require large-scale investments to augment floors for increasing heat loads. Customers can initiate at one density profile and scale up to 50 kW per rack without disruption, 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 customers’ sustainability goals.

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

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Aligned Expands Its Dallas Data Center Campus

DALLAS (September 10, 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 an 8 MW expansion of its Dallas, Texas-area data center, DFW-01. The expansion at the 19-acre campus, which at full build-out will support a 375,000 square-foot, 60 MW facility, is in response to rising customer demand for Aligned’s adaptive and intelligent infrastructure solutions.

“The expansion of our Dallas data center underscores our commitment to enabling our customers’ success by providing businesses with a high-performance, adaptive data center platform that is dynamically scalable, efficient and reliable,” states Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “Our platform is focused on helping companies deliver greater business value with less costly energy and infrastructure resources, and our Dallas facility’s sustainability profile is further elevated as the State of Texas becomes a national leader in renewable power options.”

Aligned was founded on the premise of solving the world’s toughest challenges associated with data center infrastructure, energy consumption and water usage. Because the Texas Electricity Grid (ERCOT) is the only self-contained electric power grid in the U.S. that serves a single state, businesses that collocate at Aligned’s Dallas data center take advantage of costs per kW that are significantly less compared to the national average. Moreover, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas is the national leader in electric sector decarbonization. Last year, the state led the nation in adding renewable power capacity, including wind and solar, which for Aligned’s customers, presents powerful opportunities for them to achieve their sustainability goals.

Aligned’s carrier-neutral Tier III Dallas data center accommodates variable standard and high power densities, up to 50kW per rack, to support high-performance computing demands. The facility offers an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), while the company’s innovative Delta3 cooling solution consumes up to 85 percent less water and up to 80 percent less energy than traditional facilities, reducing natural resource use and customers’ total cost of ownership (TCO).

The Dallas-Fort Worth data center market has grown steadily in the past five years. In addition to affordable power and access to renewable energy resources, financial services organizations, technology companies and managed services providers are drawn by the region’s affordable real estate and aggressive tax incentives. Aligned’s total footprint is now more than 1.6 million square feet across its facilities in Ashburn, Dallas, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City.

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Aligned Appoints Michael Coleman as Global Head of Design and Delivery

DALLAS (August 20, 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 appointment of Michael Coleman as Global Head of Design and Delivery.  Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Coleman is responsible for the development and construction of Aligned’s data center campuses, ensuring alignment of performance with the Company’s standardized supply chain methodology as well as best-in-class design, efficiency and operational objectives.

“Michael’s addition bolsters our team’s extensive experience architecting critical infrastructure solutions and serves as a key step in growing our portfolio of adaptable, sustainable and scalable data centers,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “With over 20 years of expertise leading high-impacting data center projects across industry leaders such as Google and Yahoo!, Michael brings a unique dual perspective to Aligned that ensures our approach to design and delivery meets the requirements of our customers today, and tomorrow.”

Prior to Aligned, Coleman served as Head of Global Data Center Operations at Google, where he directed day-to-day hardware operations across all of the company’s data center campuses, as well as edge sites and Points of Presence (PoPs). Before Google, Coleman was the Vice President, Global Data Center Construction and Operations at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for managing and supervising data center engineering and delivery teams in the execution of global data center strategies, including the development and construction of cutting-edge data centers.  His earlier career encompassed serving as Operations Manager, Data Center Division at CEI, Group President – NW Region at a leading electrical engineering and construction firm, and Group / Project Executive at Cochran, Inc.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside a team of industry experts and experienced leaders, whose successes are further underpinned by world-class technology and a culture deeply rooted in corporate social responsibility and sustainability,” adds Michael Coleman, Global Head of Design and Delivery at Aligned. “In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing technology landscape, our customers must balance the pressing need of availability against the potential downside of overbuilding infrastructure every day. I look forward to leveraging our advanced supply chain methodology based on standardization, scale, prefabrication and simplicity, to ensure that our customers are able to achieve speed-to-market and scale with minimal exposure to risk.”

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Aligned Announces Appointment of Billie Haggard as SVP of Operations

DALLAS (June 24, 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 appointment of Billie Haggard as Senior Vice President of Operations.  Haggard is based in Dallas, Texas, and responsible for spearheading the Company’s data center performance optimization.  He also ensures operational and professional excellence through the management of mission-critical operations, personnel and vendor relationships as well as the anticipation of market direction to keep facilities up-to-date.

“As Aligned continues its fast-growth trajectory, we’re excited to expand our executive team with an industry leader and catalyst for operational excellence,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned.  “With nearly 20 years of experience driving successful operational groups within the data center industry, Billie will champion key initiatives that ensure Aligned’s mission-critical infrastructure maintains the highest industry standard for operational excellence as well as the unparalleled service that customers have come to expect.”  

Prior to joining Aligned, Haggard served as Operations Director for a global leader in facility and asset management, where he was responsible for all aspects of management, operations, maintenance and training for over three million square feet of data center space and 200 personnel.  He has also served in leadership positions with Critical Solutions Group (CSG), Microsoft Data Center Delivery Group and CoreSite Realty Corporation, garnering deep insight into creating successful programs and various strategic planning initiatives to enhance corporate performance and safety, while ensuring exceptional quality across the board. Haggard began his career as a Nuclear Machinist Mate, Safety Officer, and Critical Maintenance Manager in the U.S. Navy.

“I’m thrilled to contribute to the growth of a company that is redefining how data centers are built and operated through the evolution and further enhancement of operational processes across Aligned’s data center portfolio.  It is great to be part of a data center provider that is more than a real estate company and has a strong commitment to organizational excellence through its people,” adds Haggard.  “Aligned’s dynamic, adaptable and sustainable colocation and build-to-scale strategies are proof positive that smart infrastructure really can change the world.”

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 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.  For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook

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Aligned Executive to Present on Strategic Data Center Site Selection at DICE EAST ’19

(May 21, 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 today that its General Counsel & Executive VP, Strategic Development, David Robinson, will present at DICE EAST ‘19 taking place May 29, 2019. Mr. Robinson brings to the discussion over 25 years of legal practice, including global business development in the telecommunications industry, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and expertise in construction, and regulatory matters.

On Wednesday, May 29, Mr. Robinson will take part in a panel titled, “Strategic Site Selection: Availability to Connectivity, Cost of Land & Power, Economic Incentive & Tax Strategy.” The panel consisting of two local county development authorities, the local energy company and data center decision makers will discuss the best incentives for choosing a data center location to realize the biggest competitive advantage.

What

PANEL

“Strategic Site Selection: Availability to Connectivity, Cost of Land & Power, Economic Incentive & Tax Strategy”

Where

QTS, 22271 Broderick Drive, Sterling, VA 20166, Ballroom: 1st Floor

When

Wednesday, May 29 at 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM

Who

PANELISTS

MODERATOR

  • Gabe Cole, Managing Director, JLL

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 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. For more information, visit www.alignedenergy.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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