RENO, NV – James Leach is the Vice President for Marketing at RagingWire Data Centers, an NTT Communications company. CapRate connected with him recently to get his take on the future of the global data center industry including strategy, sales and marketing, and engineering and operations, as well as how his firm is uniquely positioned in the global data center market of today and tomorrow.
CapRate: So tell me about RagingWire. I’d love to hear the lay of the land and what you’ve been up to recently.
Leach: RagingWire was one of the early companies that helped to shape the data center colocation industry as we know it today. We were founded in the year 2000 and have a long track record of delivering mission critical data centers. Today we have three mega data center campuses. One is in Sacramento, California, and that location is interesting because it is within driving distance for our Bay Area and Silicon Valley clients, but it is also outside of the earthquake zone, so it’s much safer from a risk perspective. Our Sacramento data center campus is also forty percent cheaper in terms of power, and power is the number one operational cost factor in data center colocation solutions. We have another big campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the number one data center market in the world. We will expand that campus significantly this year. And we just opened a new campus in Dallas, Texas in April. The total is 1.5 million square feet of space and 113 megawatts of power.
Then going global, we are the North American data center portfolio for NTT Communications and their Nexcenter data center services brand. NTT has purchased top data center companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and combined that with their own data center footprint to create what has been published as the third largest data center company in the world. The total data center footprint is 140 data centers in nineteen countries. It’s truly a global data center platform.
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