They say everythings’ bigger in Texas, and data center and colocation provider CyrusOne is hoping to raise the bar, having acquired a 700,000-square-foot building that it plans to turn into the largest data center facility in Texas, and one of the largest in the country.
According to CyrusOne’s announcement this week, it has bought a 30-acre parcel of land in a suburb north of Dallas containing a building that will be turned into nearly 400,000 square feet of raised floor data center space and approximately 60,000 square feet of premium office space.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell, CyrusOne has been aggressively expanding in the past year. This acquisition marks CyrusOne’s third in Texas in the past two months. In November, it acquired a 175,000-square-foot facility in Houston, and in December, it bought a 200,000-square-foot facility in San Antonio. The latest acquisition also keeps its new strategy of owning the underlying property on which its data centers are built.
“I am really excited about this project, as it’s of the size and scale that historically was only available to the giant ‘Web-scale’ companies,” CyrusOne CTO Kevin Timmons said in a statement. “The product that we will deliver to the Dallas market will be unique from a number of perspectives not only in terms of size, but more importantly we will be able to take advantage of free air cooling and will implement several cutting-edge concepts in our electrical back plane that all translates into lower costs for our customers and helps the environment.”
In keeping with CyrusOne’s commitment of building world-class enterprise-level facilities, the building is slated to provide 250 kilowatts per foot in a 2N design expected to deliver 100 percent uptime capabilities.
Additionally, the building is going to be constructed with the goal of becoming Platinum LEED certified and to be one of the most energy efficient in the state of Texas according to the Uptime Institute’s PUE metric.
CyrusOne president and CEO Gary Wojtaszek said demand from Fortune 500 customers for high-end data center space has loomed large, and the new Texas facility will help deliver just that. “Our goal with this facility is to provide our customers with a higher quality product than they would ever consider building for themselves and also design it in such a way that it will be 50 percent more efficient than what they could ever achieve,” he said.