Data Foundry Opens Texas 1 Data Center

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A look at the data hall inside the Data Foundry Texas 1 data center in Austin, Texas, which opened its doors today.

Colocation and disaster recovery specialist Data Foundry has opened the doors to its Texas 1 data center in Austin, Texas. The 130,00 square foot first phase is now operational and the first customers have started moving into the of the 250,000 square foot data center. Data Foundry now operates three carrier-neutral data centers in Texas: Texas 1 and ADC in Austin, and HDC in Houston.

Data Foundry invested approximately $150 million in the facility, with debt financing from JPMorgan Chase supporting some of the construction costs. The data center is housed on a 40-acre property known as the Data Ranch, which provides space for additional data centers in the future. The first phase of Texas 1 has 12 megawatts of electrical capacity, with another 12 megawatts scheduled to come online for the 120,000 square foot second phase.

Experience Built Into the Design

“Texas 1 reflects the culmination of 17 years of experience in owning, operating and using data centers,” said Carolyn Yokubaitis, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Data Foundry. “Over the years, the Data Foundry team has toured data centers around the world, leading us to envision a facility in Austin that would compete on a global scale. This invaluable perspective is inherent in Texas 1’s flexible and innovative design which will benefit our customers for years to come.”

Texas 1’s power system is fed from two independent substations and features an underground power feed enclosed end-to-end in a concrete duct bank. The chilled water system enables flexible cooling solutions ranging from single cabinet deployments up to complex High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. With over 17 network carriers available, Texas 1 offers a wide variety of carrier-neutral options for its customers.

Austin has attracted several large data center projects in recent years, most notably the $450 million facility built by Citigroup in nearby Georgetown, two major facilities for Hewlett-Packard and $126 million Lowe’s data center. The Data Foundry team expects the new facility to help cement Austin’s standing as a destination for data centers.

Boosting Austin as Retail & Wholesale Market

“The opening of Texas 1 demonstrates Data Foundry’s commitment to establishing Austin as a leading market for wholesale and retail data center outsourcing, colocation and disaster recovery services,” said Ron Yokubaitis, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Data Foundry. “Austin, by virtue of its low disaster incidence and stable climate, is the ideal location for secure and fully redundant colocation of businesses’ mission critical data.”

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 exterior of the Texas 1 data center in Austin, built and operated by Data Foundry.

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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