The City Council of Phoenix, Arizona recently agreed to a $500 million expansion of the IO Data Center Campus. IO’s current Phoenix facility is a $200 million building housing 10 separate data centers. The $500 million will go toward improving the infrastructure of IO’s existing sites as well as constructing an entirely new data center. The company already has two data centers in operation in Arizona—one in Phoenix and another in Scottsdale. The goal of this massive expansion is to leverage the new data center site to grow IO’s core business of colocation and cloud.
The new site will be a standalone building, constructed with pre-fabricated BaseLayer indoor Core modules. Anthony Wanger, IO president and founder, said the new data center will allow for the deployment of over 600 new modules to significantly expand infrastructure capacity for local customers. On top of the other IO data centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale, this expansion will greatly improve colocation and cloud services for the surrounding communities.
On top of expanding colo and cloud services, the new data center is designed to use 100% renewable energy. Wanger says that the push for renewable energy is a high-priority for IO. “We continue to focus on energy efficiency,” Wanger said. “We build the most highly efficient, highly resilient data centers for the most demanding customers around the world, from CBS Interactive to Goldman Sachs. We continue to pursue access and market pricing for renewable energy. We use a lot of electricity and it’s important to us. We are continuing on behalf of our customers to pursue renewable energy.”
It seems IO’s community-centric initiatives will continue to be top of mind. Rick Crutchley, chief operating officer for IO said, “IO looks forward to working with the city of Phoenix and other relevant partners as we make considerable investments in our economy and in our community.”
On a broader scale, the greater Phoenix metro area has seen continual growth and demand for data center space, primarily because of cost factors; the area is at least half the cost of similar facilities operating in California, for example. Lower taxes, less regulatory pressure, business-friendly environments and lower land costs put Phoenix ahead of California when greenfield sites are selected by the data center owner/operators. Cities like Goodyear, Mesa, Chandler, and others even have their own fiber networks in place, helping to satisfy the high-tech demands of these growing enclaves.
While there is little in the way of the free-cooling savings that you might find in states like Oregon, Washington or other locations, the constant sun and wind help offset electrical generation costs – especially when there is plenty of low-cost land allowing for green-energy, cogeneration power facilities.
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