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Groundbreaking for Austin ‘Data Ranch’

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A sketch of the planned Data Foundry ADC2 data center in Austin.

Colocation and disaster recovery specialist Data Foundry held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for its  Austin Data Center (ADC2), a 250,000 square foot data center on its new Data Ranch campus in Austin, Texas. The first phase of 130,000 square foot facility scheduled to be completed in June of 2011.

The Data Ranch is a 40 acre campus near Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The property has capacity for 100 megawatts of power, end-to-end underground power feeds from diverse substations, and dual diverse entry points for power, telecom, and water; and availability of over 15 telecom providers.

“The event celebrates the community it will serve and the opportunities afforded through its next-generation design and multi-megawatt power capabilities,” said Edward Henigin, Chief Technology Officer of Data Foundry. “This mission critical infrastructure is key to attracting large Enterprise and service providers considering Texas for their expansions.”

“We welcome Data Foundry’s new premium data center building to the Austin area,” states Michael Rollins, President of Austin Chamber of Commerce. “We are confident the data center will serve as a draw for regional and national companies. Austin’s central location away from threat of hurricane and natural disasters, coupled with a large base of high tech talent make this a prime location for a world-class data center.”

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.

The company operates data centers in Austin and Houston and owns private networks in Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.

About the Author

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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