Aligned Data Centers and New Hampshire-based Plexxi have announced that they have partnered to deliver an integrated network and data center alternative that can be consumed as a service. The partnership provides the ability to provision data center capacity and connectivity as an on-demand utility.

Data centers and networks today are large upfront investments that require customers to predict future IT needs and either become barriers for growth or are underutilized. In fact, Gartner reports that as much as 50% of data center capacity goes unused. Aligned Data Centers offers cloud providers and enterprises with unique “plug-and-play” pods that are dynamically provisioned to deliver on-demand agility per application. These pods can scale IT resource requirements from a single rack environment to thousands with ease without having to predefine rack space and network capacity requirements. The platform adjusts to dynamic rack loads, significantly increasing the speed by which cloud players can expand and adjust to growth. Aligned’s platform can accommodate up to 10 times the power density of traditional data centers.

“The compliment between our technology platforms is significant and disruptive,” said Aligned Energy CEO Jakob Carnemark. “Cloud players need data center infrastructure that is as agile and frictionless as provisioning servers, storage and software. Our partnership solves for this by allowing customers to provision infrastructure capacity to align with application needs, significantly reducing stranded capacity and improving speed.”

“Aligned Data Centers re-invented traditional data center architecture,” said Plexxi CEO Rich Napolitano. “They’ve built the world’s first true application-defined data center from top to bottom, including power, space and cooling that adjusts based on customer application requirements and densities. This has never been done before, and truly revolutionizes the cost model of building reliable data centers. IT executives are looking to drastically reduce energy consumption in their data centers, and this partnership enhances Aligned’s transformative pay-for-use model.”

In November 2015, Aligned opened its ultra-efficient, next generation data center in Plano, Texas. Construction is well underway on their second in Phoenix, Arizona, which will be one of the largest multi-tenant data centers in Arizona, capable of offering both high-availability and high-efficiency while guaranteeing an industry-leading 1.15 PUE and reducing water consumption by as much as 85% through its patented technology.