The advent of cloud computing has radically altered everything from basic server architecture and storage technologies to fundamental IT business models and outsourcing decisions. The laggard in this upgrade race – until today – has been the lynchpin service that underlies it all – the data center itself.
Just how far behind the requirements curve are the old, pre–cloud data center providers? Looking at computational density alone shows that a rack of 64–blade servers now consumes 15kW, well beyond the specs of their aging edifices. In fact, according to the Communications and Computing Benchmark by Nemertes Research, 59% of organizations face data center HVAC or power challenges.
Not exactly a recipe for risk–free adoption of outsourced cloud services.
With no allegiance to the outdated facilities and business models that hamstring legacy data center providers, Vantage Data Centers is bringing an entirely new concept to bear on the IT industry –– a massively scalable, campus for constructing and housing the largest, greenest and most secure private and public cloud networks imaginable.
The sheer size of Vantage's facilities – typically 30 to 40 MW per site –– offers myriad new value propositions to large IT departments and managed service providers, including the lowest energy rates in the region, due to unmatched volume purchasing power, coupled with almost limitless expansion capability. Moreover, facilities have been uniquely architected to mitigate many of the current industry issues around cloud networks, such as reliability and security.
For example, the first Data Center campus in Santa Clara, California, has not one, but two parallel 50–megawatt substations on site, allowing Vantage Data Centers to offer 2N redundancy not only in the data center but in the power grid itself. State–of–the–art biometric security systems and a professional, Vantage–employee security force are both on hand to offer the highest possible level of protection for the physical assets of all Vantage Data Centers customers.
One of the most significant requirements in the post–cloud world of data centers is to push the envelope on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, particularly as some of the pre–cloud data centers had a well–deserved reputation for energy inefficiency, where, quite often half the power consumption of a site was not applied to moving and storing data but to cooling and lighting and other non–mission–critical applications.
Vantage Data Centers, again, has stepped up to this responsibility by targeting LEED Platinum certification for its new facilities which, combined with its state–of–the–art energy–efficient architecture, will be offering its customers the lowest Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratings in the Santa Clara/Silicon Valley market.
From its genesis Vantage Data Centers set out to not only redefine the infrastructure for cloud–enabling data centers but, more importantly, to offer wholly new levels of service to its customers, and, so, become a strategic partner on a long–term basis. Part of the Vantage “advantage” is to offer strategic counsel on long–term data center growth plans while providing ample room to expand within the Data Center campus and at the same time enabling distinctive customer support operations.
And customers, do, indeed, have unique amenities and support areas with Vantage Data Centers as the company's facilities are the first in the industry to offer true, on–site Class–A office space amenities, including offices, meeting rooms, training rooms and more so that customers can use facilities as extensions of their own businesses.
With decades of wholesale data center industry experience, the senior management of Vantage Data Centers took their singularly clear view of the imperfections in the pre–cloud data center world and built afresh, offering the services, efficiency, value and scalability required for the world of data centers to not just keep up with, but stay ahead of, its customers' demands.
A Silver Lake Partners portfolio company, Vantage Data Centers is constructing the first of its campuses in the heart of Silicon Valley. Silver Lake Partners is a private equity firm that manages more than $14 billion in investments.