RagingWire is building its first data center in Silicon Valley. It says the four story site will meet the needs of hyperscale cloud providers and large enterprises.

The NTT Communications subsidiary has purchased a 3.3 acre property in Santa Clara, California on which to build the 160,000 square foot (15,000 sq m) facility, which will offer 64,000 square feet (6,000 sq m) of technical space and an IT capacity capped at 16MW.

A RagingWire data center
A RagingWire data center – RagingWire

Quake proof

The facility will feature a base isolation system to counter any seismic activity, which the company says will include the same subterranean pendulum isolation and viscous dampers as those used by NTT Com in its Japanese data centers. The company's Tokyo data centers remained online despite a 9.1 magnitude earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.

Real estate in Santa Clara is in short supply; the area is coveted for its fiber density, proximity to cloud and data center service providers and large enterprise users. The company, which claims that the city’s vacancy rate is of eight percent across its 30 or so data centers, says it is now accepting pre-leases for its new site, which is due to come online in 2020.

The company’s CEO, Doug Adams, said the project marked a new milestone in the company’s history.

“With the addition of Silicon Valley to our portfolio, we now have data center options in the top three data center markets – Ashburn, Silicon Valley, and Dallas – plus land for build-to-suit data centers in Chicago, the US’ fourth data center market, and we are part of the global data center platform of NTT Com in over 20 countries and regions,” he added.