Aligned Energy Announces Appointment of Billie Haggard as SVP of Operations

DALLAS (June 24, 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 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 Energy.  “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 Energy

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

(May 21, 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 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 Energy

Aligned Energy 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 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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Aligned Energy Receives Uptime Institute M&O Stamp of Approval

Aligned’s Phoenix and Salt Lake City facilities certified for data center management and operations excellence

DALLAS (January 30, 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 that its Phoenix and Salt Lake City data centers have been awarded the Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval from Uptime Institute.

“Achieving Uptime Institute’s M&O Stamp of Approval validates that Aligned Energy’s mission-critical infrastructure meets the highest industry standard for operational excellence and upholds our responsibility to ensure consistent, transparent data center management and operations processes,” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy.  “Our team is laser-focused on eliminating risk and cost exposure, as well as applying best practices across our facilities and operations, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to existing and future customers.”

The M&O Stamp of Approval demonstrates organizational excellence across operations, risk management and efficiency, certifying that Aligned Energy’s data centers are operated reliably and efficiently to support 24×7 uptime performance and minimize the risk of errors and failures that could impact digital business platforms.  The stamp provides an unbiased, independent assessment, validating the company’s critical facilities management and operations practices, which encompass staffing and organization practices, maintenance and operations activities, management, and upstream planning and decision-making.

“We congratulate Aligned Energy on achieving the M&O Stamp of Approval in their Phoenix and Salt Lake City data centers,” said Matt Stansberry, Vice President, North America, Uptime Institute. “They understand the need for consistency in operations across data centers, and the value of assessing operations to achieve best practices for both the operation and its customers.”

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Aligned Energy Names Phill Lawson-Shanks New Chief Development Officer

DALLAS (November 7, 2018)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 appointment of Phill Lawson-Shanks as Chief Development Officer.  In this new role, Lawson-Shanks will be responsible for the management of revenue generation and profitability objectives, as well as championing key marketing and communications activities aimed at maximizing new business development.

“Phill has more than 25 years of experience identifying new opportunities for further growth of leading data center infrastructure, network architecture, and cloud solutions in the U.S. and abroad,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy. “His wide range of experience and wealth of expertise are tremendous assets to the entire Aligned Energy team and instrumental in helping to drive our development objectives.”

Prior to joining Aligned Energy, Lawson-Shanks served as Chief Innovation Officer at EdgeConneX, where he was instrumental in driving strategies focused on creating the next generation of network edge-based data centers for the digital content ecosystem.  Throughout his career, Lawson-Shanks has also served in numerous senior executive level positions at Virtacore, Alcatel-Lucent, Savvis (now CenturyLink Technology Solutions), and MCI (now Verizon Digital Media Services).  He currently holds eight active technology patents.

“A new breed of data centers is required to keep up with the demands we are all placing on the services these facilities support,” remarks Lawson-Shanks.  “I am very pleased to join the Aligned Energy team and contribute to the growth of efficient, adaptable critical infrastructure required to facilitate the very platforms we rely on to navigate our personal and professional lives.”

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 Completes $375 Million Secured Loan with Goldman Sachs

Data center provider secures credit facility to support expansion plans and lower cost of capital

DALLAS (Sept. 25, 2018)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, today announced it has completed a $375 million secured credit facility with Goldman Sachs Bank USA.

This new loan provides Aligned Energy lower-cost capital to support the company’s substantial near- and long-term development objectives. The loan, inclusive of extension options, matures in October 2023.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the transaction,” said Anubhav Raj, CFO of Aligned Energy. “The structure of this financing provides the necessary capital to facilitate the development of our expanding data center portfolio.”

“Along with the investment made by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners earlier this year as well as the continued support of BlueMountain Capital Management, this significant funding with Goldman Sachs positions us to aggressively address the exponential growth and strong demand we’re seeing in the industry,” added Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy.

The Aligned Energy team has operated more than 750 Megawatts and developed over $3.5 billion of data centers around the globe for some of the most discerning clients. The company has operational data center facilities in Dallas, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City, and a newly-announced 180-Megawatt campus in Ashburn, Virginia that is underway.

Aligned Energy’s mission is to make data center critical infrastructure intelligent enough to continuously improve both its economic performance and environmental impact, delivering a noticeable business advantage. The company’s unique approach to infrastructure deployment allows it to deliver the data center platform like a utility – accessible and scalable as needed.  It also reduces the energy, water and space required to operate physical data center environments, significantly improving sustainability and yielding greater water and power usage effectiveness for customers.

Dechert LLP served as legal counsel to Goldman Sachs USA on the financial transaction, while Cooley LLP represented Aligned Energy. 

About Aligned Energy

Aligned Energy 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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