Aligned Data Centers, a colocation provider that offers the first “pay-for-use,” consumption-based pricing model, and New Hampshire-based Plexxi, a pioneer of the application-defined network, have partnered to deliver an integrated network and data center alternative that can be consumed as-a-service. The partnership provides the ability to provision data center capacity and connectivity as an on-demand utility.
Aligned Data Centers, a company with data centers located in Plano, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona, offers cloud providers and enterprises unique “plug-and-play” pods that are dynamically provisioned to deliver on-demand agility per application. These pods would be able to scale IT resource requirements from a single rack environment to thousands with ease without having to predefine rack space and network capacity requirements.
The platform adjusts to dynamic rack loads, significantly increasing the speed by which cloud players can expand and adjust to growth. Aligned Data Centers’ data center platform would be able to accommodate up to 10 times the power density of traditional data centers.
“Aligned Data Centers re-invented traditional data center architecture,” said Rich Napolitano, CEO of Plexxi. “They’ve built the world’s first true application-defined data center from top to bottom, including power, space and cooling that adjusts based on customer application requirements and densities. This has never been done before, and truly revolutionizes the cost model of building reliable data centers. IT executives are looking to drastically reduce energy consumption in their data centers, and this partnership enhances Aligned’s transformative pay-for-use model.”
Plexxi delivers converged, application-defined network infrastructure building blocks and systems for building software-defined data centers and public / private clouds. Plexxi solutions would enable cloud builders to harness the power of a single, simple platform to create private/public/hybrid cloud and data center networks. Headquartered in Nashua, N.H., Plexxi investors include GV (formerly Google Ventures), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.
“The compliment between our technology platforms is significant and disruptive,” said Jakob Carnemark, CEO of Aligned Energy. “Cloud players need data center infrastructure that is as agile and frictionless as provisioning servers, storage and software. Our partnership solves for this by allowing customers to provision infrastructure capacity to align with application needs, significantly reducing stranded capacity and improving speed.”