Ardent Data Centres completes acquisition of Pennsylvania data centre

Ardent Data Centres, a Northern Data Group company and experts in data centre design, build and management, has completed the acquisition of a data centre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

The finalisation of this acquisition progresses Northern Data Group’s overall strategy to expand Ardent’s ability to bring high-density, liquid cooled solutions to the market and provide colocation services for compute power across the United States and Europe.

By expanding Ardent Data Centre’s portfolio of next-generation, high-density data centres, Northern Data Group can further address the surging demand for compute power needed for Generative AI and other HPC applications.

Ardent will upgrade the 7.5-acre site in Pennsylvania, retrofitting the 41,000 square foot building with the latest liquid cooling technology to allow for additional power and maximise energy capacity. As a result, the site will become a cutting-edge, high-density data centre environment, purpose-built to power the next-generation of High-Performance Computing (HPC).

The current 5MW site will be expanded to its full 20MW capacity by H2 2025. Through Ardent’s deployment of the latest, critical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system alongside liquid-based cooling infrastructure, the site will become one of the most efficient in the industry, with Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) targets of 1.2 or lower. Ardent will begin conversion immediately and expects to complete the upgrade by Q4 2024.

Ardent Data Centres has chosen Pittsburgh based on its favourable power pricing, access to the entire Eastern Seaboard with under 10ms latency to major US eastern hubs, and due to it being one of the safety metro regions for natural disaster, as per FEMA. The site is located at McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, in the Pittsburgh metro area.

Corey Needles, Managing Director, Ardent Data Centres, commented:

Completing this acquisition is an important milestone in the execution of Ardent’s strategy to build and offer the most efficient, secure, and optimised infrastructure to power the next era of innovation enabled by HPC. We’re looking forward to beginning the retrofitting process as we shape it into a purpose-built facility that will join Ardent’s flagship European site in Boden, Sweden as another industry-leading HPC data centre.

Aroosh Thillainathan, Founder and CEO, Northern Data Group, commented:

Finalising Ardent’s acquisition of the Pittsburgh site is a great way to kick off 2024, and a demonstration of the rapid progress across Northern Data Group. Our continued investment to enhance and expand Ardent’s data centre portfolio will propel the execution of Ardent’s ambition to deliver future-ready data centre environments and provide colocation services for compute power, across the United States and Europe. Northern Data Group’s proposition as a global HPC company is continuing to grow and we look forward to supporting further expansion of Ardent’s portfolio throughout the year.

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