Flexential Completes $32 Million Portland Data Center Expansion

12 Sep 2018 by Bob West

Flexential, a leading provider of hybrid IT data center solutions, completed the $32 million expansion of its data center at 5737 NE Huffman Street outside of Portland, Oregon. The expansion and growth of the data center guarantee better facilities for the customers.

The latest addition of 115,000-square foot will bring the total footprint to 240,000 square feet with 18 MW critical load UPS capacity and industry-leading efficiency and design. “We are extremely proud of this data center, our largest in Oregon. It benefits from a holistic design approach, with all systems and components contributing to maximum efficiency, allowing us to pass along cost savings to our customers,” said Chris Downie, CEO, Flexential.

The company’s Portland data center is an Uptime Institute-certified Tier III facility with concurrently maintainable electrical and mechanical systems. There are only two such facilities in Oregon. Another significant feature of the data center is the unique SuperCRAC cooling system, a proprietary technology resulting in a Power Usage Effectiveness rating of 1.3 or lower. This is considered to be one of the lowest efficiency ratings in the industry.

“The efficient design, coupled with direct, low-latency connections that span the U.S. and provide access to Asia-Pacific, make it an ideal location for companies seeking a cost-efficient IT infrastructure solution complete with the capacity to expand and a global connectivity reach,” said Chris Downie.

Flexential has more than 4200 customers to its credit. Its assets span 21 domestic and international markets and comprise 41 highly redundant and connectivity-rich data centers. The Portland data center harbors the U.S. cable landing station for the Hawaiki submarine cable, which delivers the first carrier-neutral, low-latency connection between the continental U.S., Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and American Samoa. 

The company’s Brookwood data center is the North American landing point for the New Cross Pacific (NCP) subsea cable. Both cables serve as an extension of Flexential’s FlexAnywhere network fabric, which provides customers with high capacity, low latency, reliability, and secure connectivity from the data center and cloud to the edge.


Bob West

Bob West is a tech savvy, digital enthusiast with a deep-rooted passion for data centers, cloud, internet exchanges (IX) and cryptocurrency. He was a driving force within the original team that built Datacenters.com in 2011. It’s his belief that a new breed of data centers will become increasingly important as we move towards IoT, AI and edge computing.

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