The new colocation facility will double the station’s megawattage, and connect businesses to Pacific servers.
Flexential, a Dallas-based provider of data center colocation, cloud and connectivity services, announced plans Wednesday to develop a fourth data center on its Hillsboro campus.
The project is adjacent to Flexential’s Hillsboro 3 Facility and will deliver an additional 54MW of capacity to the company’s installation, giving the company 100 MW of actively deployed capacity.
The data center will also provide access to the network’s New Cross Pacific and Hawaiki subsea cables, allowing partners to reach dedicated servers in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, American Samoa and New Zealeand.
“As the longest-standing data center provider in Hillsboro, we are committed to providing the most flexible connectivity and capacity options for our Pacific Northwest customers, backed by Flexential’s industry-leading ability to offer a complete cloud portfolio to suit customers’ unique needs,” said Ryan Mallory, chief operating officer of Flexential, in a press release. “It was a clear, necessary next step to expand our Hillsboro footprint as demand continues to increase in a region that offers a direct, fast connection to APAC. We look forward to the continued growth and success of this campus.”
“We have partnered with Flexential since its initial project in 1999 in delivering cost-effective, reliable and sustainable power to enable its customers to grow their digital infrastructure deployments in the Portland region,” Dain Nestel, director of growth and commercialization at Portland General Electric, in the company’s press release.
The expansion announcement comes after Intel, Oregon’s largest employer, announced the construction of a $700 million, 200,000-square-foot data center research expansion in May. The Intel site, also located in Hillsboro, will focus on developing more sustainable data center technologies, signaling a willingness to address data center’s climate challenges, including heavy water consumption, creating toxic waste, and carbon emissions.
Currently, there are 15 providers and 23 data centers in Oregon, according to industry listing site datacenters.com. This includes 18 colocation facilities like the new Hillsboro build, where business can rent space to use the center’s hardware.
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