Flexential plans major data centre expansions in Portland and Nashville

By Daniel Brightmore
Flexential, a leading provider of data centre colocation and hybrid IT solutions, has announced major expansions in both its Portland, Ore. and Nashvill...

Flexential, a leading provider of data centre colocation and hybrid IT solutions, has announced major expansions in both its Portland, Ore. and Nashville, Tenn. Markets.

Plans include the construction of a vast, state-of-the-art data centre in Portland and the build out of nearly 40,000 additional square feet in one of its Nashville data centres. These new developments are evidence of Flexential’s continued growth and commitment across the country to create solutions at the Edge, right where customers demand low latency access to data.

“Always striving to stay ahead of our customers’ IT capacity needs, we constantly seek opportunistic expansion of our data centre portfolio nationwide,” said Joe Guerriero, General Counsel and Real Estate Portfolio Manager, Flexential. “Customers look to us to provide flexible colocation services, in the most appropriate location, in order to solve complex IT requirements. Physical data centre space is an essential piece of nearly every solution - from colocation, cloud, DRaaS or professional services.”

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Growth in Portland 
Flexential plans to construct its new facility, the largest to date, in Hillsboro on 20 acres of land near the company’s existing data centres, increasing Flexential’s footprint in the market to more than 500,000 gross square feet upon completion. One new Flexential customer, a global file storage company, recently signed a five-year contract to use significant space, 3 MW of high-density power, with the ability to expand to 9 MW, in one of the current Hillsboro data centres.

Direct access to three trans-pacific subsea cables, supplying connectivity between Asia and the western coast of the United States, along with some of the lowest tax rates in the U.S., make Flexential’s Portland facilities an attractive option for businesses looking to balance cost, infrastructure and best deliver their services. 

Growth in Nashville 
In August 2019, Flexential will open nearly 40,000 sq. ft. of additional raised floor capacity at one of its Nashville data centres, offering a total of 10.65 MW and 165,000 sq. feet at its Nashville sites, a key growth market specifically for financial services and healthcare industries. The Nashville expansion includes 10,000 sq. ft. of space for one enterprise customer. 

“Recent IDC research estimates that the world’s data storage needs will exceed 175 zettabytes by the year 2025, and although public cloud services are expected to expand accordingly, the need for data center services is expected to rise at an equivalent rate,” said Brad Casemore, IDC analyst. “Data centres continue to be an important part of the IT and data storage puzzle for growing businesses, and we anticipate that will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.”

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