High-performance colocation service provider Colovore will add 2 MW of capacity to its Santa Clara data center, after its 2 MW Phase 1 development sold out.
Phase 2 will be available in July, and is currently being pre-sold. Should it prove as popular as the first phase, the company has room to expand, with 9 MW of total power available at the data center.
“In 2014 we set out to provide customers with a far more scalable, flexible, and cost-efficient colocation environment,” Sean Holzknecht, president and co-founder of Colovore, said.
“IT footprint efficiency has become a critical variable in IT success and with our high power densities we allow our customers to maximize their compute per rack. We are thrilled to continue our growth and provide 2 new MW of high-performance capacity to this very tight Bay Area colo marketplace.”
The Santa Clara, California data center offers power densities of 35 kW per rack, and operates a pay-by-the-kW pricing model.
To get the high densities, the data center uses rear door of the cabinet liquid cooling racks.
In an opinion piece for DCD, Ben Coughlin, chairman and co-founder at Colovore, wrote: “In tight data center markets like Silicon Valley, for example, if growing compute requires more and more floor space eventually there is no more space to grow into and a customer gets stuck.
“IT executives can sleep better at night when thinking about how they will grow inside a liquid-cooled data center.”
But, in a comment on the article, consulting engineer and TW International Counsel founder Derek William said: “A rear door heat exchanger is not liquid cooling - it is merely another air conditioning unit (just a different shape and size and location) that is removing the heat from air-cooled servers.
“True liquid cooling will have heat removed from the server equipment directly to the liquid, thereby significantly reducing the necessary air flow. Options are immersion, cold plates in contact with heat sinks, or liquid flowing through components inside the IT equipment.”
Colovore is jointly owned by Digital Realty, Pelio & Associates, and ‘a group of Silicon Valley based private investors.’