Phoenix sees yet another data centre opening as firms look for green cloud solutions




The Arizona data centre market continues to blossom with latest expansion plans from Aligned Energy.

Infrastructure services firm Aligned Energy has announced a 200,000 sq ft expansion at its 51 acre, 550,000 sq ft data centre campus in Phoenix, Arizona. The site, which was opened last year, currently has an energy capacity of 120 MW.

Situated at 2500 W Union Hills, this addition of Phase II will be able to accommodate 60MW at full build-out. The facility expansion is a result of the “strong demand” that the company is experiencing, said Aligned Energy.

JLL’s North American Data Centre Outlook report, released last autumn, ranked Phoenix sixth in the top data centre markets. After a number of other firms opened data centres in Phoenix, research firm Jones Lang LaSalle said the Phoenix market continues to expand as a result of demand from West Coast companies, who need a low latency service to California while decreasing power and tax costs in Arizona.

Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Energy (who joined the firm from Digital Realty last year), said: “Forward looking businesses require a data centre provider that offers advanced, future-proofed infrastructure solutions that keep pace with the demands of density and scalability, our Phoenix data centre does just that.”

Aligned Energy offers flexible rack densities of up to 50 kW, enabling customers to “deploy legacy systems alongside computational applications without latency or disruption”, says the company.

The Phoenix campus guarantees an impressive 1.15 PUE (Power Usage Efficiency). Aligned says the site consumes up to 85% less water and up to 80% less energy than traditional facilities.

Last year, Sabre Corporation, the technology provider to the global travel industry, signed a co-location agreement to use Aligned’s data centre in Plano, Texas. At the time, Vish Saoji, Sabre CTO, said: “We selected Aligned Energy as our primary data centre partner for its ability to support our rapid product development as we build out our platform and SaaS and cloud strategies.”

Aligned Energy also has plans to expand its facilities in US states including California, Virginia, New Jersey and Illinois.