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Hillsboro, Oregon, is known as the “Silicon Forest” for its embrace of technology companies. In addition to Aligned, hyper-exchangers like Meta and NTT and enterprise providers like Flexential and Stack Infrastructure have recently built data centers in the region.
Aligned Data Centers said Tuesday it is building a massive new 27-acre campus in Oregon that will accommodate 108 megawatts of capacity for its customers, ramping up competition in a sweltering Pacific Northwest where it will go toe-to-toe with supercomputers and larger projects. providers.
“The rapidly expanding Hillsboro data center market offers a host of advantages for large, blue-chip corporate customers, particularly compared to other Western data center locations,” Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned, said in a statement. “Hillsboro offers a business-friendly environment, affordable energy and renewable energy options…plus proximity to international undersea cable networks that reduce latency between the US and high-growth markets in the Asia-Pacific region.”
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Hillsboro is known as the “Silicon Forest” for its embrace of technology companies. Intel is the city’s largest employer with 20,000 jobs. In addition to Aligned, hyper-exchangers like Meta and NTT and enterprise providers like Flexential and Stack Infrastructure have recently built data centers in the region.
Aligned said the broad plan for Hillsboro includes the initial data center on Aligned’s Hillsboro campus, which is expected to provide 72 megawatts of critical capacity. The second building is currently planned with a capacity of 36 MW.
The Aligned Campus is designed to cut costs on overall expenses as well, providing plans to move it to customers. Aligned builds its facilities in Oregon’s Enterprise District program. Hillsboro has no state, city, or county sales taxes, and Oregon’s Enterprise District Program offers a property tax rebate for data centers for up to five years that bring new facilities, equipment, and hiring to the area.
And electricity is less expensive there, too, which leads to “lower total cost of ownership for customers,” according to Aligned.
“The campus will combine Aligned’s patented and award-winning Delta³ cooling technology with a state-of-the-art waterless heat rejection system, reinforcing the companies’ sustainability commitments as well as preserving local water resources, while the region’s mild climate will help reduce energy further. “Usage and costs associated with data center cooling,” the company said in its statement.
Aligned last year completed the purchase of Odata, a provider of data centers across Central and South America. In a statement announcing the deal on December 13, the company said the terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it opens up huge new markets for the company in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Chile.
The Dallas-based provider of what it calls sustainable and adaptable data center infrastructure solutions grew its physical footprint last year with 470 megawatts of construction started or planned.
The company opened two data center facilities in Phoenix with a combined capacity of 400 megawatts. It also has sites under construction in Dallas, Chicago, Northern Virginia, Frederick County, Maryland, and Salt Lake City.
Meanwhile, Odata is one of the fastest growing hyperscale data center platforms in the Western Hemisphere and gives the new company room for growth, regional expertise and partnerships across geographies. The move should also provide a more robust supply chain to help its corporate and super-project customers, Shab said in a statement at the time of the deal.
“The acquisition combines a significant growth trajectory of expansion and a proven ability to deliver capacity at full speed, with regional expertise and partnerships, optimized finances and an agile supply chain, to deliver a world-class data center platform that meets the requirements of the transaction,” the statement said at the time of that transaction.