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Plano company expanding local data center facility amid surging demand

Posted by Natalie Steinwand on September 13, 2019
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A Dallas-area data center company is bulking up a local site.

Plano’s Aligned Energy plans to add 8 megawatts of capacity – a key metric in the data center industry – to its existing campus, the company said in a statement Tuesday on its website.

That bolsters the 10 megawatts already there and should cover about 30,000 square feet, the company said in a separate emailed statement. The expansion at the 19-acre campus will support a 375,000 square-foot, 60 megawatt facility at full build-out.

The move comes roughly a year after the company announced Goldman Sachs Bank USA is providing a $375 million credit facility. That deal provided “lower-cost capital” to bolster efforts to drive expansion.

Aligned Energy is investing in new efforts as businesses look for data centers to house the growing amount of digital services that demand more computing power and storage capacity.

In addition to Dallas, the company has sites in Ashburn, Va., Phoenix and Salt Lake City, according to its website. The improvements to the facility in North Texas were unveiled as Aligned Energy sees rising demand and needs the new space to handle growth.

“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,” Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy, said in the statement. “Our Dallas facility’s sustainability profile is further elevated as the state of Texas becomes a national leader in renewable power options.”

The company aims to keep costs lower and use less resources with cooling technology that uses up to 85 percent less water and up to 80 percent less energy than traditional facilities. The Dallas site also offers options that enable high-performance computing demands.

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