Fortune Data Centers Reaches Capacity, Expands

(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) -- Wholesale data center space provider Fortune Data Centers ( announced on Tuesday that it had reached 100 percent of the power load capacity of its Phase 1 development within six months of opening, and that it has begun work on Phase 2.

The company says Phase 2 will add an expected 6 megawatts of critical load capacity to the San Jose facility, which, when completed, would occupy more than 140,000 square feet.

Fortune's website describes the facility as "the most technically advanced, energy efficient, high-density data center in the bay area.

"Despite a tough economic climate, demand for data center space continues to be a bright spot," says Fortune Data Centers CEO, John Sheputis, quoted in the company's press release. "To have a facility of this size fully leased in such a short time period should confirm the market strength of Silicon Valley. And, we have a strong team with great vendors and business partners that helped make this happen."

Fortune says Phase 1 of the data center delivers superior energy efficiency, according to the power usage efficiency measure developed by The Green Grid. Through independent testing, says the company, the Phase 1 data center achieved a PUE rating of 1.37 at full load. PUE describes the amount of facility power being used to power IT equipment, with a "perfect" rating being 1.0. According to Fortune, the facility's 1.37 score beats the industry average of 2.0 and the EPA's 2011 target for enterprise data centers of 1.45.

"We have participated in several PG&E efficiency programs and have been very happy with the results. We exceeded our PUE projections for Phase 1 and expect to deliver an even better PUE for Phase 2 by leveraging and advancing many of the efficiency measures used in the first phase," says Sheputis. "We are currently defining the technical program for Phase 2, and it will include state-of-the-art efficiency measures for service redundancy and energy density. We're confident that increasing the facility's capacity will not only lower tenant operating costs, but our expansion should result in lower power costs for our tenants."

In August, the WHIR reported on a $900,000 incentive Fortune received from Pacific Gas and Electric, the Californian power company, in recognition of its efforts to implement energy efficient design.

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