Flexential to Build 54MW Data Center in Portland – Commercial Property Executive

Installing Hillsboro 3. Image courtesy of Flexential.

A new data center will soon open in Portland, in the growing Oregon market. Flexibleone of the region’s largest providers, announced the construction of a fourth facility at its Hillsboro campus, bringing an additional 54 megawatts of computing capacity to market.

Citing growing customer demand, Flexible acquired a newly constructed building in which it will develop its data center. When construction is complete, the data room will measure 138,000 square feet. A fifth facility is also planned on the same plot and is currently being designed.

Data center operator-developer aims to meet sustainability metrics such as Power Use Efficiency (PUE) of 1.4 and Water Use Efficiency (WUE) ) from zero, in line with the company’s green financing framework. The new development will benefit from a Portland General Electric substation that was built on campus.

Flexential will build its new data center adjacent to its existing Hillsboro2 facility, which is a critical interconnect point for North America as it is the US point of presence for the New Cross transpacific submarine cables Pacific and Hawaii, providing low latency direct connectivity. between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region. Besides these two direct connections, Hillsboro is also the landing point for four other undersea cables.

The new development will also extend the company’s FlexAnywhere services platform, offering hybrid IT solutions, such as hosted private cloud, multi-tenant private cloud, managed private cloud and disaster recovery as a service ( DRAAS). Flexential’s fourth data center will offer densities of up to 1,500 watts per square foot, on par with its existing Hillsboro facility. Flexential will offer connections to leading hyperscale cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google.

“Data gravity is a key driver of expansion,” said Ryan Mallory, COO of Flexential. CPE. “The shift from on-premises enterprise data centers to platform providers that enable their customers to find, act on, and buy the largest Tier 1 entities is a key driver. This enables hybrid cloud consumption, a full suite of “as-a-service” products, as well as network services, a trend expected to continue for the foreseeable future. »

National growth

Flexential is on track to exceed its 2022 goal of delivering 33 megawatts of new sustainable data center capacity to its markets. The company is currently targeting regions where it is a market leader, such as Denver and Atlanta, in addition to Hillsboro.

Last year, the company teamed up for the second time with Legacy investment and Invesco Real Estate with a sale-leaseback of its 18 megawatt facility in Plano, Texas. Flexential used the proceeds from this transaction to build a 130,000 square foot expansion in the market. By the end of this year, Flexential aims to operate more than 220 megawatts across 3 million square feet of data center space in its 19 markets.

According JLL research, Hillsboro is quickly becoming one of the largest data center markets in the United States. In June, the region’s supply (563.7 megawatts) was up 32% year-on-year. Demand is outstripping supply, with vacancy at a historic low of 3%, with pre-letting the norm and new development opportunities rare.

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