SOURCE: Sentinel Data Centers

Sentinel Data Centers

August 06, 2015 10:01 ET

Sentinel Data Centers Completes North Carolina's First Dedicated Substation for Multi-Tenant Facility

New Substation Enables Best-in-Class Reliability and Flexible "Infrastructure-Light" Power Solutions for Sentinel's NC-1 Customers

RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwired - August 06, 2015) - Sentinel Data Centers, a leading developer and operator of enterprise colocation data centers, announced today it has brought online North Carolina’s first dedicated transmission voltage substation for use by a multi-tenant data center. Engineered and constructed similarly to Sentinel’s NJ-1 69kV substation in the NY/NJ region, Sentinel NC-1’s 100kV substation can support up to 50MW of capacity in a 2N configuration, with redundant service via separate feeds from diverse 230kV utility switching stations.

“The resiliency profile of the new NC-1 substation materially enhances our core offerings to the most discerning large enterprises,” said Todd Aaron, Co-President of Sentinel Data Centers. “Our ability to provide a truly differentiated utility solution resonates deeply with those users who require 100% uptime and appreciate the fundamental underpinnings of high availability.”

The new substation also enables Sentinel’s Transmission+ product set, a lower-cost, “infrastructure-light” solution that leverages transmission-quality utility distribution to provide high availability levels using less infrastructure and at a lower cost. Transmission+ load blocks can be deployed granularly allowing Sentinel’s end-users to match cost structures with resiliency requirements on a workload by workload basis.

“Multi-tiered data center solutions remain a widely unmet need in the colocation space,” said Paul Hines, Vice President of Operations & Engineering at Sentinel Data Centers. “The inherent reliability in our transmission voltage utility service permits flexible infrastructure tiering that can easily match tenant application requirements, while maintaining high availability.”

The substation build took place over a 24 month period, during which time Sentinel Data Centers collaborated with Duke Energy on designing and constructing the 100kV substation. The networked, diversely routed circuits feeding the new station have not been contemporaneously offline at any point over the last five years.

In addition to enhanced reliability, Sentinel’s new substation will facilitate more attractive occupancy economics. Through Duke Energy’s new OPT-V rate which incentivizes high voltage and large loads -- as well as applicable incentives -- Sentinel’s NC-1 facility will realize among the lowest power costs in the eastern US.

About Sentinel Data Centers

Sentinel Data Centers, LLC, is a leading owner, developer and operator of multi-tenant, and build-to-suit enterprise-grade data centers. Founded in 2001, Sentinel was an early pioneer in the “wholesale” data center business. Since its inception, Sentinel has developed more than 1.6 million square feet and 120 megawatts of best-in-class multi-tenant and build-to-suit data center solutions for a diversity of Fortune 500 enterprises across multiple industries, including financial services, healthcare, technology and biotechnology. Sentinel strives to stay at the forefront of evolving best practices for data center design, development and operation, and maintains a flexible and transparent business model that is grounded in customer service. To learn more visit

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