US data center firm DC Blox is to expand its Birmingham, Alabama, and Greenville, South Carolina facilities.
The company said this week its Greenville facility is adding its second data hall since announcing its official opening in January 2022, while Birmingham will deploy DC Blox’s newest design to accommodate high-performance compute (HPC) applications.
In Greenville, construction of a second data hall is underway; the 9,000 sq ft hall will initially supply 1MW of redundant power. Phase one of the facility opened earlier this year after breaking ground in April 2021, offering 25,000 sq ft (2,300 sqm) and 3MW; At full build-out, the data center will have 54,000 sq ft (5,000 sqm) of white space and 18MW of capacity.
“We are seeing growing demand for secure and reliable data center services across our markets,” said Kurt Stoever, Chief Operating Officer for DC Blox. “DC Bloxis very pleased to be able to not only meet these growing needs with state-of-the-art data center and connectivity infrastructure, but to adjust to specific market needs with our innovative HPC-capable data hall design.”
Birmingham’s new data hall will support up to 2.4MW of 3N/2 distributed redundant power; it is designed to accommodate up to 240 standard retail cabinets and 36 HPC-capable cabinets capable of supporting 34kW of power per cabinet.
The site was originally the Ingalls Ironworks and built in 1910, with DC Blox’s first phase of data center construction starting in 2019. The company added 1MW to the site last year; the facility is reportedly expandable up to 200,000 sq ft (18,500 sqm) and 60MW of load.
“DC Blox’s new “flex space” design enables the efficient allocation of floor space and power between HPC and standard cabinets to accommodate variations in local demand,” said John Dumler, VP of Design and Engineering for DC Blox. “This new data hall design will help not only Birmingham but can also be added to any of our data centers across our markets to respond to local customers’ needs.”
Beyond Greenville and Birmingham, DC Blox operates data centers in Atlanta, Georgia; Huntsville, Alabama; and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The company is also reportedly developing a cable landing station in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.