An illustration of the planned T5 Data Centers project in Hillsboro, Oregon. (Image: T5 Data Centers)
Oregon's data center boom continues. T5 Data Centers is the latest data center developer to pursue a major facility in the state. The Atlanta-based company has acquired a 15-acre parcel of land in Hillsboro, Oregon and is finalizing design for construction of a 200,000 square foot wholesale data center.
The Hillsboro area is known as Silicon Forest due to its high concentration of technology companies (including a major Intel campus) which has resulted in a ready supply of skilled IT workers. The area is also rich in trans-Pacific fiber, due to the presence of multiple undersea cable landings near Portland.
Leveraging Free Cooling
The T5 data center will deliver 12.25 megawatts of critical power, with a power density up to 200 watts-per-square-foot. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2013, with customer data halls delivered in early fall 2013. The data center design is optimized to take into account the cool climate, which makes Oregon an ideal location for using outside air to cool servers, which offers potentially huge energy savings for data center operators. The data center will include high-efficiency, indirect evaporative cooling with custom air handlers.
“The Pacific Northwest is a well-established destination for enterprise users looking for safe, efficient data center solutions” said Pete Marin, President of T5. “Hillsboro offers the best combination of low taxes, low power costs, a reliable infrastructure and easy access for out-of-region companies. We anticipate the T5@Portland data center to be a showcase for responsible development, and will demonstrate to customers that we can design and engineer to embrace energy efficiencies while continuing to offer our clients the resiliency and uptime they require.”