Rich deFay, project manager for the Copper Development Association (, says:

Miles of copper ensure power reliability and power quality.

The largest and arguably the most significant data center facility in the entire New England region is located inside the 70-year-old Macy’s building at One Summer Street in Boston’s “Downtown Crossing.”

The 800,000-square-foot data center supplies high-quality electric power to an extensive customer base operating in Beantown, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It includes eight utility feeds from two substations and service connections to no less than 40 national and international communication carriers.

“Boston’s new data center is truly a power hub for the community,” said David Brender, National Program Manager for the Copper Development Association (CDA). “The businesses tapping into the power source depend on the electrical infrastructure being stable, maintaining the correct voltage and staying online without interruption.”

The stability of the data center depends on the copper inside. The power density exceeds 400 watts per square foot, which is nearly quadruple the power density of typical units built 10 to 15 years ago. The robust copper wiring and grounding practices enable exceptional power reliability and power quality. Copper is also durable and so offers years of reliable performance. It won’t lose the voltage levels required to run equipment efficiently.

The Boston data center has never experienced a utility outage but is fully protected should one occur. Data centers currently represent about five percent of the total electrical usage in the country. That number is expected to grow 15 to 20 percent in the next five to ten years.

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