It’s known as a “greenfield” data center. But it all starts with dirt. In this case, it begins with a 24-acre land parcel in Ashburn, Virginia in the world’s busiest concentration of cloud computing infrastructure. In less than a year, this piece of open land was transformed into a data center housing servers to deliver Internet services.
The operator of a new trans-Atlantic communications cable has set up operations at the QTS data center in Henrico County, an investment that QTS managers say strengthens the Richmond region’s burgeoning position as a data hub.
“Our whole mission was to be in the right locations and deliver at the right speed,” said Tag Greason, the Executive Vice President for Sales at QTS. “We’re building from a hyperscale perspective. We’re building in bulk to improve our economics.”
“QTS prioritizes the security and reliability of applications and data our customers’ place in our Hosted Private Cloud (HPC) environment,” said Chris Ortbals, EVP, product management and marketing, QTS. “As a Cohesity Powered partner, we can quickly deliver highly differentiated, managed data protection and recovery services across data centers and natively integrate with hyperscale public clouds. Cohesity’s support for multi-clouds, multi-tenancy, self-service, and a common operating model optimize our HPC for clients while helping us grow revenue and drive business agility.”
The datacenter operator has launched the second phase of its Chicago facility. The site boasts one of the city’s two AWS DirectConnects. QTS is also developing a 125MW substation to support a further building.
Travis Wright champions healthy energy conservation while expanding QTS Realty Trust’s footprint and extending its longevity in an increasingly socially conscious market
“Hybrid is the word,” said Steven Rosenthal (pictured), senior product specialist at QTS. “Even if customers are at 90 percent [public], 10 percent are legacy applications that they would have to re-write to really work in the public cloud.”
QTS' VP of Innovation, David McCall talks to DCD about what it takes when it comes to site selection. Organizations seeking to launch or expand their data center operations have a number of factors to consider, not least of which is the question of whether to build a data center from the ground up or lease an existing facility.
The challenges data-center channel partners face today are more numerous and complex than ever.
Colocation provider QTS Realty Trust's latest version of its homegrown Service Delivery Platform (SDP) software builds on the platform's operational and infrastructure management capabilities with increased datacenter automation and more API integrations.
Data centers are an integral component of private and hybrid cloud strategies. Better automation can provide greater visibility and simplified operations.
QTS' Ashburn data center is an ambitious three story facility designed to maximize usage of the available real estate in a market that has a lot less physical elbow room than it once did. When all four phases are complete, it will span some 180,000 square feet of raised floor data center space across 12 data halls. It will feature some 32MW of power, and the property has another 15 acres on which for QTS can add additional space as well as another 16MW of power.