Datto Selects Aligned Energy for Ongoing Expansion

WEST JORDAN, UTAH – December 4, 2019Aligned 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 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 Energy. “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 Energy Breaks Ground on Second Salt Lake Metro Data Center

WEST JORDAN, UT (October 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 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 Energy. “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 Energy’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 Energy Secures Nearly $500 Million Facility to Support Expansion Plans

DALLAS (October 22, 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, 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 Energy. “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 Energy. “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 Energy.

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Aligned Energy 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 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 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 Energy.  “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 Energy Expands Its Dallas Data Center Campus

DALLAS (September 10, 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 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 Energy. “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 Energy Appoints Michael Coleman as Global Head of Design and Delivery

DALLAS (August 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 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 Energy. “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 Energy. “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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