New 9MW, Liquid-Cooled AI Data Center Announced by Colovore in Silicon Valley

Colovore data center inside

Colovore, a supplier of scalable data center colocation solutions in the Bay Area, has revealed the site of its second data center in Santa Clara. The new facility, which is situated at 3060 Raymond St. and is next to the company’s current data center at 1101 Space Park Drive, will offer clients who are deploying AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data applications and servers an additional 9MW of liquid-cooled, high-density colocation capacity with standard 50 kW per rack capacities.

Founded in 2013, Colovore was built from the ground up to offer the maximum cabinet power densities, with every cabinet supporting liquid cooling. In Q1 2024, the initial capacity phase in Silicon Valley will be delivered.

Ben Coughlin, Co-Founder of Colovore
“Our high-density data centers allow customers to pack their racks full from top-to-bottom due to the robust power and cooling infrastructure we deliver,” said Ben Coughlin, Co-Founder of Colovore.

Data center broker CBRE claims that Silicon Valley has the lowest supply of data center capacity in its history, with vacancy rates of an astounding 1.3%. Great-quality colocation would still be in high demand, but growth options are severely limited by the expense and scarcity of suitable land, the scarce availability of electricity from Silicon Valley Power (SVP), and the protracted approval and development processes.

Colovore has already secured SVP’s clearance for electricity delivery, enabling a considerably quicker delivery schedule. Colovore will not demolish the current structure at 3060 Raymond but will extensively enhance it. The Silicon Valley supply/demand mismatch would be lessened by the introduction of 9MW of the most dense data center capacity to the market, which might help with the persistently high demand.

“When we opened our doors in 2013, touting 20 kW per cabinet in our Phase 1, many thought ‘power density’ wasn’t a big issue at the time,” said Sean Holzknecht, President and Co-Founder of Colovore. “We now support thousands of AI and GPU systems for Fortune 500 companies down to Silicon Valley startups, in hundreds of cabinets each drawing 15 – 50 kW per cab. The bottom line is that this data, and all these incredible AI and Big Data platforms, are really thirsty. The AI revolution is here and simply put, these servers demand purpose-built, liquid-cooled, high-density colocation environments and we look forward to continuing to deliver these innovative solutions to our customers.”

High-Density Racks

Its newest colocation data center at 3060 Raymond will feature the following:

  • 50 KW of standard power per cabinet (compared to 3-5 kW in traditional colos), although direct liquid cooling (DLC) installations can increase this to 250 KW per cabinet
  • For the most demanding servers, strong liquid cooling is provided through back door heat exchangers and DLC connections
  • “Market-leading Silicon Valley” colocation PUE of 1.1
  • Deployment choices that would be extremely flexible and scalable, with minimum commitments of just 10 kW per cabinet and built-in scalability to 50 kW in the same cabinet
  • Private settings with high levels of customization for commitments higher than 1 MW
  • To accommodate the heaviest AI, HPC, and storage platforms, data centers must sustain floor loading of more than 3,000 pounds per cabinet

“Companies of all sizes and across all industry verticals continue to deploy more and more compute-intensive servers and they want to optimize those deployments and IT footprints,” said Ben Coughlin, Co-Founder of Colovore. “Our high-density data centers allow customers to pack their racks full from top-to-bottom due to the robust power and cooling infrastructure we deliver. This reduces the total amount of space required, resulting in far lower monthly operating costs and capex, while significantly increasing IT operating efficiency and scalability. What customer wants to be forced to lease and pay for a 5,000 square foot office if all it really needs is 1,000 square feet?”