Colocation Northwest: Rooted in Seattle
The Pacific Northwest, primarily Seattle and Portland, is a popular area for data center users and operators on the West Coast. Compared to other West Coast markets, the Pacific Northwest offers competitive power costs, and an easier development path. The Pacific Northwest is also a highly interconnected region, with mature infrastructure established in the area and access to multiple subsea cables linking the area to other Pacific markets. A fair portion of data center demand in the Northwest comes from Seattle, where some of the largest Fortune 500 companies are headquartered, including Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Costco. As two of the largest cloud providers, Amazon and Microsoft alone have brought much of the data center attention to Seattle. To meet the demand for data center capacity, providers like Digital Realty, Equinix, TierPoint, Sabey, and many others have built data centers in Seattle, leading to competitive pricing for colocation solutions.
One of the most experienced Seattle data center providers is Colocation Northwest, with over 20 years of history providing colocation and telecom solutions in the area. As such, they have dug deep roots in the region and their portfolio now includes five data centers in Seattle, Redmond, Bellevue, Tacoma, and South Hill. Colocation Northwest is the largest independent tenant in the Westin Building, a downtown high-rise with connections to over 250 different carriers. With suites on four different floors, their presence in the Westin Building gives Colocation Northwest the ability to utilize the building’s local and international connections. The South Hill facility is Colocation Northwest’s newest data center and is where they plan to create a future telecom connectivity hub in the Northwest. Currently, Colocation Northwest can offer 7 MW of critical capacity on 50,000 SF of raised floor inside the South Hill data center, but can increase capacity to 40+ MW with adjacent shell space. While the facility features standards often found in other data centers, including strict security, redundant critical systems, and carrier neutral connectivity, there are also more unique aspects. The campus is fed by an on-site dedicated substation, giving the data center a consistent source of power. The longer a data centers connection to a substation is, the more possible points of failure there are. Since the substation is on-site, there are almost no points of power disruption from broken branches, falling power lines, or cut lines due to human error. Additionally, the campus is LEED Gold certified and utilizes 100% renewable energy generated from wind and hydroelectric sources, meaning the facility has a minimal environmental impact.
Colocation Northwest is expanding in Seattle due to the success they’ve had in the area, which is a result of the services they offer. Given Colocation Northwest’s history in Seattle, they have tailored their suite of services to meet the needs of the different types of data center users in Seattle. From a requirement perspective, Colocation Northwest has historically handled retail colocation needs. However, they have extensive experience with wholesale users and Fortune 50 companies, and can further accommodate wholesale needs through their South Hill data center. They also offer private cloud and hybrid solutions, as they have seen increased demand from users wanting to adjust their current all-colo or all-cloud strategy. A major differentiating factor with Colocation Northwest, however, is their supplemental services outside of colocation and cloud. One of their goals is to make onboarding as simple as possible, and they work with new tenants through every step of the process. This involves collaborating with the tenant and their cloud integrators to pinpoint their needs and work out the best solutions for them, both in services provided and budget. This is highly valuable as new data center users often struggle to find ideal solutions due to budgetary concerns and lack of industry knowledge. Their remote hands, data backup, custom rack services, and cloud design is also all done in-house by Colocation Northwest, not a third-party system. While Colocation Northwest has a smaller footprint than some of the other data center providers in Seattle, their unique services have helped them maintain a competitive presence in the region.
Colocation Northwest is one of the most active data center providers in Seattle, and is working to increase their presence in the area. The company’s deep roots and multiple facilities allow them to remain effective in meeting the needs of Seattle data center users. Their broad reach allows them to serve small and large customers, including both companies familiar with colocation and those utilizing it for the first time. With the addition of their new South Hill facility, Colocation Northwest has strengthened their presence in Seattle, and increased their ability to meet wholesale demands in the future.