CRG West will build a data center campus in Santa Clara, Calif., continuing the company's expansion of its data center footprint. The new project adds to the data center boom in Santa Clara, which is currently the focus of major new facilities from most of the industry's largest players.
CRG West has closed on land for 350,000 square feet of data center and office space. Construction will start in August on the first building, with scheduled completion in the second quarter of 2009. The phased 50 megawatt development will be powered by Silicon Valley Power, the utility whose low power rates have made the city of Santa Clara a magnet for data center projects.
The first phase of the project will provide data center and peering services for CRG West customers, ranging from single-cabinet colocation space up to blocks of wholesale of up to 20 megawatts of power. The company is offering one of the planned buildings as a custom opportunity for a single user as part of CRG West's recently-announced build-to-suit program for companies looking to expand their data center space while conserving capital.
The campus in Santa Clara ensures will feature connectivity to major peering points, including CRG West's existing two facilities in the Bay area. CRG West will deploy its open peering exchange, the Any2 Exchange, to the Santa Clara campus, allowing tenants to access over 140 networks on one of the nation's largest and most cost-effective peering exchanges.
"Our latest project in Santa Clara leverages off of the peering density and operational capability we have developed in our two current locations in the market," said Thomas Ray, President and CEO of CRG West. "Our expansion with this additional campus further solidifies our organization as a premier provider of world-class data centers and peering opportunities throughout the United States. Further, the scale inherent in this campus enables us to execute upon our commitment to provide a full range of data center and peering solutions to our customers.
Ray noted that "the low cost of power in Santa Clara compared to other locations in the Bay Area ensures that our company will continue to offer best-in-class customer solutions with a very compelling value proposition."
"The Bay Area continues to see strong demand from customers and a need for more supply in areas providing reliable and lower-cost power combined with densely populated peering opportunities," added David Dunn, Senior Vice President of CRG West.
Dunn said that CRG West has "over 100 MW of additional projects under active negotiation" in addition to the 50 megawatts in Santa Clara.
CRG West now operates more than 2 million square feet of carrier hotel and data center space in nine facilities in Los Angeles, San Jose, Chicago, Boston, Miami, northern Virginia and New York. The company has been steadily increasing its national footprint of data center and carrier hotel properties over the last two years, as well as building its meet-me-room and interconnection business.