The distinctive facade of the InfoMart, where colocation provider Cologix  operates 40,000 square feet of data center space. (Photo: Cologix)

The distinctive facade of the InfoMart, where colocation provider Cologix operates 40,000 square feet of data center space. (Photo: Cologix)

Cologix Opens Second Site at Dallas INFOMART

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The distinctive facade of the InfoMart, where colocation provider Cologix now operates 40,000 square feet of data center space. (Photo: Cologix)

The distinctive facade of the Dallas INFOMART, where colocation provider Cologix now operates two data centers. (Photo: Cologix)

Interconnection and colocation company Cologix has been rapidly expanding since it acquired its first data center at the Dallas INFOMART from NaviSite back in 2010. Now, after expanding across North America, the company comes full circle, launching its second data center at the INFOMART.

Cologix today announced the successful commissioning and launch of the new facility at the INFOMART, also known as 1950 North Stemmons Freeway. The 12,000 square foot data center holds over 300 cabinets and is supported by 3.2 megawatts of power from three diverse substations. The new Dallas facility is Cologix’s 12th North American data center, including key carrier hotel locations in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Minneapolis and Dallas. Cologix bought its first data center at the INFOMART in late 2010 from NaviSite. The company first announced the addition of a second facility there in April 2012.

The new data center includes hot aisle containment pods, modular power distribution units (PDUs) and in-row cooling technology, which collectively provide for rapid deployments and the ability to dynamically cool equipment specific to the needs of individual cabinets. “Our hot aisle containment and in-row cooling systems are unique in the Dallas market and provide for enhanced customer experience and efficiency,” said Rob DeVita, General Manager of Cologix Texas. “We are excited to introduce this technology to the Dallas community and look forward to supporting our customers’ growth.”

Key Internet Data Hub

Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth largest metro market in the US and host to twenty Fortune 500 company headquarters.  Its central location and network density make it a primary Internet peering point and natural location for regional and national network nodes.

“The continued rapid adoption of the cloud by all customer segments is dramatically elevating traffic and network performance requirements, which continues to heighten the value of colocation and interconnection options in the downtown INFOMART,” said Cologix CEO Grant van Rooyen.  “Cologix is focused on providing our customers network neutral access to broad connectivity options, represented today in this new Dallas inventory.”

Customers at the new facility have the ability to directly interconnect with existing customers and 25+ networks in the existing Cologix meet-me room (MMR) as well as accessing other tenants in the carrier hotel.

The Dallas INFOMART is a 1.2 million square foot technology hub with tenants including SoftLayer, ViaWest and Equinix, as well as network providers including MCI, Allegiance Telecom and Level 3. The Infomart was built by Trammell Crow in 1985, and was initially envisioned as a hub for computer industry trade shows. The building’s glass facade was designed to be a replica of the Crystal Palace, built in London in 1851 as part of the first World’s Fair.

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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