They’re not the cities that have been making data center headlines in their respective states. But officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Houston, Texas are mindful of the economic development potential of data centers, and see their cities as potential growth markets for mission-critical facilities.
The Tulsa World 
newspaper reviews the city’s prospects in the context of a study from The Boyd Company that compares the affordability of 60 U.S. cities as locations for a 100,000 square foot data center (see our earlier coverage for details on Boyd’s site location research 
). “Tulsa really is emerging as a place where decision makers are looking,” John Boyd, president of the Boyd Company, told the paper. “Tulsa enjoys a nice operating cost advantage over some major markets nationally.”
When Google came looking for sites in Oklahoma, it settled on a property in Pryor for its $600 million data center project 
. But Tulsa has had its share of successes, most notably a significant data center expansion by EDS 
, which will boost the raised floor space at its Tulsa facility from 76,000 to 156,000 square feet.
Further south, the Houston Chronicle 
had an article Monday examining the city’s data center market, which has heated up in recent months with the acquisition of two managed hosting providers. In July, Boston-based private equity firm Abry Partners acquired CyrusOne 
, after which disaster recovery specialist Sungard bought Vericenter.
Houston has had a lower profile than San Antonio, Austin and Dallas in the Texas data center boom 
. But Houston is notable because it was one of the first cities where a data center provider tested the capacity of the local electric utility. In August 2003 the fast growing dedicated server company Rackshack maxed out the available power 
from CenterPoint Energy and had to suspend a popular $1 setup promotion to put the brakes on its growth.
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URLs in this post:
 Tulsa World: http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/article.aspx?articleID=070901_238_E1_hTuls50508
 site location research: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Jan/29/data_center_boom_reaches_smaller_cities.html
 Pryor for its $600 million data center project: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Apr/07/google_planning_oklahoma_data_center.html
 data center expansion by EDS: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Jul/26/big_expansion_for_eds_tulsa_data_center.html
 Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/5104787.html
 Abry Partners acquired CyrusOne: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Jul/11/cyrusone_bought_by_private_equity_firm.html
 Texas data center boom: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Aug/16/the_texas_data_center_phenomenon.html
 maxed out the available power: http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2003/08/28/rackshack_maxs_out_houston_power_grid_segment.html
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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