FEATURING A SEISMIC ISOLATION DESIGN
Global Data Centers Americas division of NTT Ltd., has just opened a new Silicon Valley Data Center (SV1), bolstering the company’s portfolio across North America.
The new 16MW data center is NTT’s first data center in the U.S. to feature a seismic isolation design. According to NTT, SV1 construction utilizes advanced base isolation system, proven to reduce shocks from major earthquakes. The building incorporates a combination of triple-friction pendulum pedestals and viscous dampers that dissipate energy and reduce building displacement by allowing the structure and all connections to move up to 32 inches in any horizontal direction during an earthquake. With this system, the company expects the data center structure to undergo 60% less motion than a non-isolated, fixed building.
“All providers in the Santa Clara region build data centers to withstand earthquakes, but our base isolation design goes a step further,” said Brittany Miller, VP of Construction and Design for the Global Data Centers Americas division of NTT Ltd.
“Not only does it protect the physical four-story building, but it also protects the mission-critical IT equipment and infrastructure inside the building from strong earthquakes. This system has been proven to work in several data centers in Japan, which is known for having severe earthquakes, and we wanted to add that extra peace of mind for our clients in Silicon Valley.”
The new four-story data center features 64,000 square feet of data floor space and marks NTT’s sixth U.S. data center campus and third data center opening this year, following February’s opening of new campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Hillsboro, Oregon.
“The Silicon Valley SV1 Data Center reinforces our investment in the U.S. data center market and commitment to growth for our clients,” said Ryuichi Matsuo, Executive Vice President for the Global Data Centers division of NTT Ltd.
“With NTT’s flexible, scalable, secure infrastructure and full-stack services, SV1 will accommodate the needs of a variety of clients, helping them achieve their business objectives. Clients today are looking for a growing, worldwide data center provider, and this adds one more to NTT’s global data center portfolio that spans more than 20 countries and regions, including our five other U.S. campuses.”
Still expanding its footprint in the U.S., NTT plans to open the expansion of its Ashburn, Virginia campus VA5 later this year.