Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 12.17.21 PM.pngBy Stan Cox, Sr. Manager – IT Global Data Center Services, NetApp


Developing a production corporate data center is a challenging undertaking. Not only is it a huge financial commitment, it is also a very complex, lengthy, and labor-intensive project that consumes internal resources. It is also a risk. What if business conditions change during the course of the project? Will the data center meet the needs of the business when delivered?


Those were just some of the questions being asked by NetApp IT during the building of the Hillsboro Data Center (HDC), a high-performance, fault-tolerant, and energy-efficient production data center located in Hillsboro, Oregon.

The HDC is the foundation of the NetApp IT hybrid cloud transformation using NetApp storage and data management solutions including clustered Data ONTAP® and FlexPod®. The facility uses state-of-the-art design practices to maximize energy efficiency while controlling costs. The data center was built from groundbreaking to occupancy in less than nine months.

Since the HDC’s opening in November 2012, it has provided significant value to the company. NetApp has been able to increase the stability, scalability, and overall capability of its entire IT operation. The flexibility to scale-on-demand allows our internal customers to expand as needed without major delays or affecting operations. The stability of each application ecosystem has increased as each application moves to the HDC.


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NetApp Staff