Publishing Date: May 25, 2022

Datacentres for better security

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PRESS RELEASE: The Middletown Data Center (MDC) is now fully commissioned with over 33,000 square feet of white space and 6.7 MW of IT available immediately. MDC is one of North America's first and only data centres utilising its own micro grid and uninterruptable power supplied by natural gas generators – alongside traditional diesel backup – and is strategically located in Middletown, Va., 60 miles west of Washington, D.C.

The Data Centre – finished in 2021 and owned by Cardinal Energy – has been completely renovated with the ability to provide truly redundant power that is more environmentally friendly. Carter Machinery – the local Caterpillar Dealer – assisted with the site's micro-grid transformation using a Cat® natural gas generator solution that allows MDC and its clients to have an uninterruptable fuel source for extended run hours in case of emergencies. In addition, this solution enables the Data Centre to actively participate in Virginia's power infrastructure by delivering surplus power back to the grid, and paves the way to potentially use hydrogen as a fuel source in the future.

“Our team was excited to support MDC's vision of redundant, cleaner power solutions in this mission-critical environment,” said John Waterman, Energy as a Service Manager at Carter Machinery.


“Furthermore, we see this solution's true scalability potential to larger sites throughout the region where energy reliability, grid independence, and a reduced carbon footprint converge.”

Middletown is both attractive and unique to potential tenants because it offers a diverse, redundant IT structure utilising natural gas on a scale that hasn't been done before regionally – that MDC representatives are aware of – for data centre infrastructure. Natural gas provides the site with energy independence in the event of a catastrophe affecting the electric grid and is fast becoming an increasingly popular fuel choice for powering generators because it's virtually uninterruptable and sustainable.

MDC is staffed around the clock year-round, has state-of-the-art security, building management (BMS), and communications systems, an on-site wireless tower, and a closed-loop, non-evaporative cooling system providing free cooling. The centre is also ANSI TIA 942-B Level 3 and ISO 27001 certified, and holds additional certifications.


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