WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE:DFT, news, filings), a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenant wholesale data centers, today will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating its newest data center, ACC7, at its Ashburn, VA, corporate campus. ACC7, one of the largest multi-tenant data centers in North America, contains 446,000 gross square feet and can deliver 41.6 megawatts of critical power when fully developed. It is the sixth data center on DFT's 1.6 million square-foot Ashburn campus and the largest data center in the company's portfolio.
ACC7 is the first facility to fully utilize DFT's newest data center design. The facility offers a high degree of flexibility and features a medium voltage (4,160V) electrical distribution system and an Isolated-Parallel UPS topology providing customers with a variety of space offerings, cabinet layouts and power densities across 28 computer rooms. Each base computer room is approximately 8,500 gross square feet, delivers flexible power from 1.0 to 2.0 megawatts of critical load capacity and can house approximately 378 2ˈ x 4ˈ server cabinets.
ACC7 offers the ultimate in energy efficiency and cost effectiveness without compromising reliability. The data center features an industry-leading calculated annualized Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15 by virtue of a highly efficient cooling plant and medium voltage oil-filled PDUs (power distribution units).
"ACC7 is the result of extensive and progressive design considerations during the past three years and will be the standard for future data centers. This design is a culmination of collaborating with our customers, incorporating trends in the data center industry, and leveraging our vast experience in designing and operating data centers. It is an extremely customer-centric design, offering a high degree of flexibility and customization to appeal to a broad spectrum of customers," explained Scott Davis, Executive Vice President of Operations for DuPont Fabros Technology.
With the opening of ACC7, DFT continues to minimize its environmental impact by using reclaimed water in the building's evaporative cooling plant, reducing consumption of potable water. ACC7 operates on 12 centrifugal chillers plus heat exchanger lineups with 1,400 tons capacity each, in addition to an above-ground 80,000 gallon chilled water storage tank.
"Minimizing our environmental footprint is always at the forefront of our design approach to data centers," said Davis. "Many of our customers have pledged corporate social responsibility, and DFT wants to support their green business practices by designing energy efficient buildings and limiting our use of potable water, a precious resource. Switching to reclaimed water for evaporative cooling at the Ashburn corporate campus reduces the cost of water consumption by 50 to 65 percent, giving our customers additional cost savings. ACC7 has been designed and constructed according to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification requirements."
All dedicated computer rooms include redundant electrical and cooling infrastructure, as well as 24x7 security coverage. Customers can also take advantage of the sales tax exemption the company received from the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Ashburn corporate campus which provides significant tax savings on computer server equipment.
The Ashburn corporate campus is supported by more than 25 telecommunication carriers and LINX NoVA, a member-owned Internet exchange point for the Northern Virginia region which is operated by the London Internet Exchange (LINX).
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held onsite at 21625 Gresham Drive, Ashburn, VA, 20147 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 25. Scott K. York, Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; Shawn Williams, Vice Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; Buddy Rizer, Loudon County Director of Economic Development; and Malcolm Hutty, Head of Public Affairs at LINX, will be on hand to give remarks.
In congratulating DuPont Fabros Technology on the newest addition to their Loudoun County campus, Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York said, "Data Center Alley has become a recognizable Internet hub due in no small part to the investment of DuPont Fabros Technology. This new investment speaks to the ongoing importance of Loudoun as a data center market."
About DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc.
DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE: DFT) is a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenanted wholesale data centers. The Company's facilities are designed to offer highly specialized, efficient and safe computing environments in a low-cost operating model. The Company's customers outsource their mission-critical applications and include national and international enterprises across numerous industries, such as technology, Internet content providers, media, communications, cloud-based, healthcare and financial services. The Company's 11 data centers are located in four major U.S. markets, which total 2.75 million gross square feet and 240 megawatts of available critical load to power the servers and computing equipment of its customers. DuPont Fabros Technology, a real estate investment trust (REIT), is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.dft.com
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