The Aligned Energydata center infrastructure technology company will open its fourth, and largest, national location in Ashburn off Waxpool Road next week.
The 777,775-square-foot, 180-megawatt data center, spread between two buildings on a 26-acre campus, will finish construction next week and will begin hosting information technology companies’ servers beginning the week of Sept. 30. Aside from its massive size, the data center is most unique in the way it’s laid out and how it cools servers—using Delta Cube arrays that remove heat rather than flow cold air into its data halls.
CEO Andrew Schaap said the cooling system extracts 350 kilowatts of heat, which creates a 45-degree temperature differential, as opposed to the typical 12-degree differential seen in conventional data centers. The systems not only cool the servers better than conventional computer room air conditioning units, but they also achieve those results in a more compact area.
The Delta Cubes, which can be stacked vertically three times, need only 4 feet of room to cool at the same levels that typical units do in 38 feet of space. IT companies can also scale up to 50 kilowatts per rack.
Aligned Energy’s Ashburn data center will complement the company’s three other U.S. locations—a 180-megawatt data center in Phoenix AZ; a 130-megawatt data center in Salt Lake city, UT; and a 60-megawatt data center in Dallas, TX.