RagingWire Enters Wholesale Data Center Market

The exterior of the RagingWire data center in Ashburn, Virginia. The company is entering the market for wholesale data center space, offering three suites in this facility. (Photo: Rich Miller)

RagingWire Data Centers is entering the market for wholesale data center space, with up to 80,000 square feet of finished suites available in its facilities in Sacramento, Calif. and Ashburn, Va. The company announced the expansion today at the IMN Forum on Financing, Investing, and Real Estate Development for Data Centers in Santa Clara.

RagingWire, which has previously focused on retail colocation, opened its Ashburn data center in July, and last month acquired an additional 75 acres for a new data center campus in Ashburn.

In the wholesale data center model, a tenant leases a dedicated data center suite or “pod”. In colocation, a customer leases a smaller chunk of space within a data center, usually in a caged-off area or within a cabinet or rack. In recent years the boundaries between the two product offerings have blurred, with wholesale players pursuing smaller deals that historically went to colo providers.

RagingWire is among a growing number of players offering both deployment models, a group which now includes Digital Realty Trust, QTS and CoreSite, among others.

RagingWire’s wholesale offering enables companies to scale from 200 kilowatts to 5 megawatts and more, the company said, suggesting that it will seek to compete for huge “super wholesale” deals. The company says it is currently offering three 13,000 square foot PODs in Ashburn and 43,000 square feet in Sacramento, as well as build-to-suit greenfield construction on its new site in Ashburn.

“Our wholesale product offerings are purposefully and strategically timed with the lifecycle of the company,” said George Macricostas, RagingWire’s founder and CEO. “We have combined our full-service colocation solutions approach with a dedicated infrastructure business model to provide wholesale colocation flexibility and performance for customers with high-density power requirements. Our wholesale offerings in California and Virginia expand the opportunity for customers to take advantage of the RagingWire experience.”

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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