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August 3, 2009

Rackspace Hosting to begin new data centre operations

The new facility to come online in late 2009

By CBR Staff Writer

Rackspace Hosting, has revealed plans to begin operating a new data centre facility in the Chicago area. The company will lease approximately 36,700 square feet of raised floor space, consisting of 5.63 megawatts of available critical load, from a subsidiary of DuPont Fabros Technology, a developer, operator and manager of wholesale data centres in the US.

Rackspace expects the new facility to come online in late 2009 and added that it will be able to service its growth while providing additional geographic redundancy to new and existing customers.

DuPont Fabros’ Chicago facility reportedly maximises operating efficiency through a power capacity and flexible design with N+2 redundancy on all systems including heat rejection systems, generators and UPS systems.

Rackspace said that this lease with DuPont Fabros will enable it to serve customer demand more quickly and cost effectively than if the company built its own facility.

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Randy Smith, director of real estate of Rackspace Hosting, said: “This new facility is the continuation of a successful relationship we began in February in DuPont Fabros’ Ashburn facility. DuPont Fabros has the unique ability to design a data centre infrastructure that can increase operational efficiencies and ultimately reliability for our customers. This allows us to focus on the core of our business and continue to deliver Fanatical Support.

Hossein Fateh, chief executive officer of DuPont Fabros Technology, said: “We are very pleased that once again Rackspace has selected DuPont Fabros to meet its expanding demand for data centre facilities. We believe that our highly efficient data centre design and unmatched operational experience provide Rackspace with a solid foundation to provide its customers with an excellent service experience.”

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