Paul Kitagaki Jr. / The Sacramento Bee

Racks of servers at RagingWire's high-tech data center in Natomas move information for companies, many in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, that want data backed up outside an earthquake zone.

RagingWire nears completion of Sacramento data center, eyes another

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 - 7:31 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 - 9:24 pm

RagingWire Data Centers of Sacramento, with revenue continuing to grow, said today it is close to finishing its third data center in Natomas and is considering building a fourth.

The company added it is also searching for sites to expand beyond its two existing hubs in Natomas and Ashburn, Va.

In an announcement at a technology conference in San Francisco, the Sacramento company said its third Natomas center, on West National Drive, is about halfway complete and is expected to open in November. The centers host websites and store data for corporate clients.

It’s the first major announcement for RagingWire since the 13-year-old company sold 80 percent of its stock to Japanese telecommunications conglomerate NTT Communications Corp. in February. The Sacramento company says the deal preserved its independence and provided fresh capital for expansion.

Douglas Adams, the company’s chief revenue officer, told The Sacramento Bee that RagingWire has already sold enough space in the 180,000-square-foot facility to spur planning toward a fourth Natomas center. However, he said there’s no timetable for that project.

When the third center opens this fall, it should generate 25 new jobs. RagingWire already employs 400 workers, including 300 in Sacramento and 100 in Virginia. Less than a year ago, total companywide employment stood at around 300.

“Sales have really been strong,” Adams said. “We’ve picked up a lot of momentum.”

Beyond that, he said RagingWire is examining locations in the middle of the country for additional data centers. “We’re already doing site selection,” he said. “You can expect the company to expand across the United States.”

RagingWire has used Sacramento’s seismic stability as a lure for Bay Area clients. It refers to its Natomas buildings as The Rock because it sits “on a separate tectonic plate from the Bay Area,” said company spokesman Jim Leach.

RagingWire first announced construction of the third Natomas center last fall. At the time, it said it expected to spend $90 million on the facility. Since the merger with NTT, the company has stopped providing financial details on its capital spending.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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