RagingWire Expands in Sacramento
Citing a strong demand for high-density data center space, RagingWire Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (RES) has begun an expansion that will add 89,000 square feet to its facility in Sacramento, Calif. RES, a provider of managed hosting and IT outsourcing solutions, expects the Phase 3 build-out to be completed in the thrid quarter of 2007.
In addition to the data center expansion, RES has built its own onsite 69KV power substation. With power supplied from two separate grids, the substation is capable of 24 megawatts of capacity. The entire Phase 3 data center floor will be engineered to reach over 200 watts per square foot, according to Yatish Mishra, president and chief technology officer of RES. This level of cooling is made possible by incorporating multiple 1,200-ton chillers, a 4-foot raised floor, a 32-foot ceiling, and oversized main chilled water lines.
“We have had several top Silicon Valley companies move out of their recently built corporate data centers because they were not able to utilize high-density blade servers due to power and cooling restrictions inherent in their internal designs,” said John Hoffman, CEO of RES. “RagingWire’s Phase 3 expansion is specifically for these customers. We want to allow our clients the ability to expand footprint and power densities at their own pace without risk.”
This is the third phase of build-out for RagingWire’s 200,000 square feet Sacramento facility. The first phase consisted of 30,000 square feet of finished space, and the company added another 43,000 square feet of raised-floor space in Phase 2 in 2004. RagingWire is one of a number of data center facilities in Sacramento, which take advantage of the location outside the California earthquake zone, and moderate power pricing from the Sacramento municipal power company (SMUD).
Sacramento is a flood zone. A better location for a datacenter would be El Dorado Hills. While still earthquake free and on SMUD there is no danger of flooding and plenty of bandwidth.