DC Blox to expand Birmingham data center

The Birmingham location will deploy the company’s newest design

DC Blox has announced that it is expanding its Birmingham and Greenville, South Carolina, locations due to strong local demand for core infrastructure.

The Birmingham facility will deploy the company’s newest design to accommodate the need for High-Performance Compute (HPC) applications in its market.

The expansion will include an additional data hall with cabinets for both HPC and standard systems within the same space. The new data hall will support up to 2.4MW of 3N/2 distributed redundant power, consistent with maintaining tier III design of its standard data halls. It will have up to 240 standard retail cabinets and 36 HPC-capable cabinets, supporting 34kW of power per cabinet.

HPC applications require significantly more power per square foot from their data centers than traditional IT resources. Many industries, including government, universities, manufacturing and biosciences, have a growing need for HPC technology but currently don’t have access to the data center and power infrastructure to run it.

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“DC Blox’s new ‘flex space’ design enables the efficient allocation of floor space and power between HPC and standard cabinets to accommodate variations in local demand,” said John Dumler, vice president of design and engineering for DC Blox. “This new data hall design will help not only Birmingham but can also be added to any of our data centers across our markets to respond to local customers’ needs.”

In Greenville, South Carolina, the company will be added a second data hall, specifically to accommodate a large enterprise customer. That project is already underway.

DC Blox has multi-tenant data centers in Birmingham and Huntsville, as well as in Atlanta, Georgia; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Greenville, South Carolina.

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