The Houston data center market is booming, and the growth is being driven by home-grown providers. Data Foundry has purchased 18 acres of land for a new Houston data center campus, which will feature 250,000 square feet of data center space with 50 megawatts of power capability, the company said today. The campus will be located at Greens Crossing Blvd, conveniently located near I45 and the Sam Houston Parkway.
Data Foundry is a colocation and managed services provider that began operations in 1994 as Texas.net, and recently opened a major campus in Austin. But the company also has a long history in Houston as well.
“Data Foundry established its first Internet and data center facility in Houston in 1996, and we’ve continuously expanded our presence and capabilities to meet the demands of our Houston customers,” said Carolyn Yokubaitis, co-CEO of Data Foundry. “We’re very excited to be further expanding our commitment to Houston and continuing to offer a real choice in premium data center and managed services.”
The new Houston data center will be carrier-neutral and offer both retail and wholesale colocation to support customers from a single cabinet up to multi-megawatt deployments.
The Austin campus for Data Foundry, known as Texas 1, has experienced strong success, highlighting the demand for premium data center space backed by a full suite of managed services.
“Data Foundry’s Texas 1 data center in Austin has served us well with its combination of colocation, disaster recovery and managed services,” said Danny Grant, Director of IT Infrastructure for Rockwater Energy Solutions. “As a Houston based company it is great to see the addition of this type of premium data center in our own backyard.”
Ground breaking of the first data center on the Houston campus is planned for the first quarter of 2014 with completion targeted in the fourth quarter.
Houston has seen strong demand for data center space in recent years, driven by the data processing needs of the energy industry. The Data Foundry announcement follows continued growth by Cyrus One, another provider that started operations in Houston. The company recently announced plans for an addition to its West Houston campus. Meanwhile, Stream Data Centers says it just secured a tenant for its new wholesale project in Houston.