Vantage Begins Construction at New Santa Clara Data Center Campus
by Justin Hughes
SANTA CLARA, CA — Vantage Data Centers has continued to maintain a watchful eye on Silicon Valley and now the company has started building its second major campus in Santa Clara, commencing at a 9-acre site on Mathew Street where it plans to build three data centers providing 69 megawatts of critical power. Vantage is midway construction with the first building, a 21 megawatt, 175,000 square foot data center that is planned to be finished in 2019.
Sureel Choksi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vantage Data Centers, said, “Silicon Valley remains an essential strategic market for our customers. As Vantage nears completion of its sixth and final data center on the existing 75MW Silicon Valley campus, we have initiated construction on our next 69MW campus to support the growth of enterprises, cloud and hyperscale customers in 2019 and beyond.”
The Vantage team took its time checking out expansion locations in Santa Clara prior to publicizing the new campus in 2016. Foundation work is presently occurring at the Mathews campus, which will support three four-story data centers, adding more than 500,000 square feet of wholesale data center space. The four-story design lets Vantage make the most of its real estate, showing the trend in Santa Clara.
The new facility will hold several features created to balance sustainability and low total cost of ownership (TCO). The new cooling system will utilize far less water than traditional systems, due to extensive use of recycled water and modular chiller and dry-cooler technology.
Vantage Chief Commercial Officer Lee Kestler said, “Vantage’s dedication to sustainability, value and efficiency optimized for the wholesale environment is one of the reasons we’ve had such success in Silicon Valley. We will continue that legacy of wholesale success and experience as we continue to grow into other strategic markets.”
Vantage Data Centers was founded in 2010 with backing from private equity firm Silver Lake Partners. The company procured and redeveloped an Intel data center campus in Santa Clara. The company also manages a data center campus in Quincy, Washington. In early 2017, Digital Bridge Holdings acquired Vantage to serve as a platform for a larger expansion into the wholesale data center industry.
Vantage recently broke ground on a massive $ 1 billion data center campus in Virginia, where it plans to build more than 1 million square feet of data center space on 42 acres of land it gained in Ashburn’s “Data Center Alley.” Earlier this year Vantage said that it has leased 90 percent of the 9 megawatts of available space at its V6 facility in Santa Clara, which opened in October. The company has signed three different deals to take up most of the space in the new building.