Raleigh – Durham Data Center

Raleigh, NC

Research Triangle Park High-Tech Enterprise Data Center

Located in Durham, North Carolina, CyrusOne’s Raleigh-Durham I Data Center is a multi-phase development consisting of 420,000 data center square feet. The facility is designed, built and commissioned to meet the most stringent enterprise standards, and benefits from some of the lowest all-in utility rates in the nation.

Convenient Location

Raleigh-Durham I Data Center is in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, home to numerous high-tech companies, world class universities, research facilities and an educated workforce drawn to the high-tech enterprises of the area. It is located close to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, with easy access to major highways and rail.

2223 NE Creek Pkwy
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: 855-564-3198

Raleigh – Durham – Highlights

  • Overview
  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Security
  • Sustainability

  • Over 420,000 data center square feet at full build
  • Carrier-neutral
  • 100% uptime service level agreement on power
  • 24/7 year-round staffed NOCC and remote hands support
  • Tier III+ topology, N+2 redundancy
  • Zone X flood zone rating (low risk)
  • Zone 1-2 seismic zone rating (low /moderate risk)
  • Very early smoke detection apparatus (VESDA) system; sampling air in parts per million coupled with a zone-based dual-action interlocking dry-pipe pre-action system
  • Double-interlocking pre-action sprinkler in computer rooms and electrical rooms. Wet pipe in office and storage areas
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport – 14 miles
  • Various restaurants and hotels nearby

  • 42-inch raised white floor design
  • 24-foot ceiling height from data center floor, utilizing Leibert 60-ton CRAH units with electronically commutated (EC) variable-speed fans
  • Highly efficient N+2 redundant Trane chillers with rapid restart and adaptive controlled microprocessors (with ability to scale as density increases)

  • Very early smoke detection apparatus (VESDA) system; sampling air in parts per million coupled with a zone-based dual-action interlocking dry-pipe pre-action system
  • Double-interlocking pre-action sprinkler in computer rooms and electrical rooms. Wet pipe in office and storage areas
  • 50 MW capacity in 2N configuration
  • 100 KV substation with 230 KV switching from Duke Energy
  • Up to200+ W per square foot
  • Diverse power delivered by two independent circuits
  • Six (6) 2800 kW prime rated (3000 kW standby rated) Caterpillar C-175 generators for N+2 redundancy
  • 750 kW UPS modules (Toshiba/Mitsubishi). N+2 ISO-redundant failover topology
  • Two remote 20,000 gallon tanks (with min. 48-hour capacity)

  • Video surveillance and recording of the exterior and interior with 90 days digital archiving
  • Dual authentication entry into building and data halls; biometric and key card security for rigid access control
  • Perimeter fence

  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport – 14 miles
  • Various restaurants and hotels nearby

  • Features
    • Water Free Cooling (AKA Low Water All-Star, Water Conservation Hero, Drought-Friendly Cooling
    • Renewable Energy Used
    • Renewable Energy Available

 

  • Reporting
    • Water risk (now, 2030, 2040)
    • Carbon intensity (trends over time)
    • Grid renewables (trends over time)

 

  • CyrusOne Zero Water Consumption Cooling: No water is consumed to cool this facility (such as water towers or evaporative cooling).  Minimal amounts of water are used for humidification and facility maintenance. This facility uses highly efficiency chillers, variable frequency drives, and energy-efficient CRAH units to achieve high-efficiency air-cooled chilling.  An average US data center of the same size typically consumes over 9.8 million gallons of water per month to cool them.

 

  • Regional Water Risk: The Raleigh-Durham area faces a medium-to-high risk of water supply disruption, which is expected to become low to medium risk in the future.  Unlike many other data centers, CyrusOne’s Northern Virginia – Sterling V facility does not use water for cooling and is therefore insulated from regional water risk, both current and future.
Water Risk and Use Now 2030 Projection 2040 Projection
Regional Water Risk Medium to high risk Low to Medium risk Low to Medium risk
CyrusOne Water Use WUE 0.55 L/kWh

This facility is a legacy site that doesn’t use CyrusOne’s Zero Water Consumption Cooling but it still consumes less water than most data centers.  We are examining opportunities for reducing water use at this facility.

(Risk assessment and projections based on WRI Aqueduct Tool)

 

  • Regional Grid Greenhouse Gasses: How much greenhouse gas does this facility’s local electrical grid emit while generating electricity?  (Useful for Location-based greenhouse gas reporting)
Greenhouse Gasses 2004 2007 2012 2016
Lbs CO2/MWh 1146.0 1118.4 932.9 805.3

The carbon-intensity of the grid has improved about 2.6% points per year over the last 12 years of published data.  Reported by the US EPA eGRID for the SERC Virginia/Carolina subregion (SRVC).

 

  • Regional Grid Renewables: What percentage of this facility’s local electrical grid is from renewable sources (wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal)?
Grid Renewables 2004 2007 2012 2016
Percent from renewable sources 3.7% 2.7% 3.4% 5.6%

This has been increasing about 0.2% points per year over the last 12 years of published data.  Based on US EPA eGRID data for the SERC Virginia/Carolina subregion (SRVC).

Virtual Tour

The Nation’s First National Internet Exchange

With CyrusOne’s National IX, customers can configure a virtual on-net platform from a multitude of carriers and providers, allowing optimal flexibility and interconnection with anyone at any connected facility and to the cloud.

As part of CyrusOne’s National IX platform, this Durham data center provides interconnection to other CyrusOne data centers.