Energy Firm Leases Entire Building From Digital Realty

Digital Realty Trust has signed a new lease for 3 megawatts of IT load at its Houston data center campus. The tenant is described as a “technology-focused seismic solutions company serving the global energy industry.”

The new tenant will be housed in a 44,000 square foot stand-alone secured facility, including 28,000 square feet of raised floor data center space. The data center will be located at Digital Realty’s Digital Houston Datacampus, which is about 15 miles from downtown Houston and 5 miles from George Bush International Airport, along the primary fiber route between Houston and Dallas.

“We are very pleased to welcome this important new customer to our Houston facility,” said Andrew Schaap, Vice President of Sales at Digital Realty. “The energy industry is a vital industry vertical for Texas and one that we at Digital Realty are focused on serving. We believe that our design, engineering and operational expertise along with our 99.999 percent record of reliability is especially suited to meet the mission critical needs of the energy industry.”

Technology plays a critical role in finding oil and gas reserves, as computer modeling allows oil companies to analyze seismic data and produce 3D images that identify the best location and trajectory for drilling wells. These modeling applications can save millions of dollars by focusing the drilling of offshore wells on the most promising locations, but require enormous computing power.

“We are seeing strong demand for our data center solutions in the Houston market, particularly from the energy vertical,” added Michael Foust, Chief Executive Officer at Digital Realty. “We have additional capacity at the Houston site and will continue to deliver institutional quality data center space to meet this ongoing demand.”

Digital Realty said the lease used its Turn-Key Flex solution, which lets customers select from a catalogue of components during the design and construction process to meet their data center specifications.

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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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  1. matt

    Smells strongly of Schlumberger. Wonder why all the coy secrecy.