ViaWest opens third Oregon data center

This is the company's first major US build since it was acquired by Shaw in 2014.

Data center colocation and IT solutions provider ViaWest announced today the grand opening of its third data center in Oregon, a 200,000 square foot facility with DreamHost as the anchor tenant. This is its first major US build announced since being acquired by Canadian telecom provider Shaw Communications last year.


The 138,000 square feet of raised floor data hall space (50,000 square feet available at commissioning) offers 700+ watts per square foot of high density, dual sourced, power capacity for customers looking for colocation space as large as full sized private suites or as small as a half cabinet of equipment. On site, the data center offers 29MW of redundant diesel-powered backup power generation and 18 MW of redundant UPS power, both with a high level of fault tolerance, which a part of an infrastructure that enables it to offer high availability focused SLAs.

For networking the facility is not claiming to be carrier neutral, but is offering multiple different fiber connectivity options into the facility, with speeds up to 10G (OC192). Ethernet services are available in speeds to 5 Mb to 10Gb in the data center.

ViaWest is also claiming a reasonable projected PUE of 1.3 for the facility, which is a good number for a colocation facility. In spite of the fact that many large organizations have talked about getting their PUE down to as close to 1 as possible, the reality of the situation is that the average colocation/multi-tenant provider is lucky to maintain a PUE of 1.5, given their lack of control over how their tenants make use of their space. Oregon offers significant availability of power derived from renewable sources, and ViaWest is also part of the Portland General Electric Clean Wind program, both of which are factors in attracting tenants looking to provide a greener look to their data center spending.