A sketch of the planned Data Foundry data center in Austin.

Data Foundry Plans Major Austin Data Center

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An image from the plans for the new, $150 million Data Foundry data center facility in Austin.

Data Foundry will build a 250,000 square foot greenfield data center in Austin, the company said Thursday. The company, which provides colocation and wholesale data center space, expects to complete the $150 million facility in about 12 months.

Data Foundry said the new data center will have access to 100 megawatts of power from two independent sub-stations. The company said the carrier-neutral data center will be designed to accommodate requirements ranging from a single cabinet up to multi-megawatt deployments.

“We performed extensive site research to locate an existing building in Austin that might suit the needs for our next site,” said Ed Henigin, Chief Technology Officer of Data Foundry. “It became clear that retrofitting an existing building would not allow us to deliver the high level of service that we envision for our new data center, so we have chosen to build from the ground up. We are very excited to be constructing Austin’s first world-class Greenfield data center.”

Austin has attracted several large data center projects in recent years, most notably the $450 million facility built by Citigroup in nearby Georgetown, Texas. Hewlett-Packard is building two major facilities in Austin, while Lowe’s has located a $126 million data center in town.

Providing Internet Services Since 1994
Data Foundry provides wholesale data center space, colocation and disaster recovery services. Founded in 1994 as Texas.Net, Data Foundry was the first Internet Service Provider in San Antonio and one of the first 50 ISPs in the United States. In 1999, Data Foundry built its first data center in downtown Austin. In 2002, Data Foundry acquired Reliant Energy’s Internet and Data Center Operations in Houston. In 2004, Data Foundry commissioned its flagship 40,000 square foot Data Center and Work-Site Recovery Center in Austin, Texas.

Today, Data Foundry supports more than 1,000 enterprise customers across a variety of industries, including Whataburger, Solar Winds, Sonic Healthcare USA and Smart Financial Credit Union. The company operates data centers in Austin and Houston and owns private networks in Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.

Design of the new Austin data center will be handled by Gensler, while CCG Facilities Integration will provide engineering services for the project. The facility is being built by Holder Construction Company.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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