Data Foundry to invest $200 mn for third data center in Austin

Data Foundry, a provider of colocation, network and managed services, will invest nearly $200 million for constructing Texas 2, its third data center in Austin.

The global data center major aims to complete the new data center, which will have 325,000 square feet, during the third quarter of 2017 with the first phase of construction to begin this quarter.

Texas 2 will reside next to Texas 1 on the Data Ranch in Austin, TX. The Data Ranch is a 40-acre data campus owned by Data Foundry. Texas 2 will provide retail and wholesale colocation space. It will have high density capabilities to support High Performance Computing (HPC) environments of up to 50 kW per cabinet.

The new data center will feature 8 layers of security, concurrently maintainable power and cooling, diverse dual power feeds from two independent electrical substations and diverse network carrier entry points.

Data Foundry said Texas 2 will be carrier-neutral and provide blended bandwidth Internet service. Data Foundry is implementing additional energy efficient features in the design of Texas 2, such as adiabatic humidification and cooling infrastructure that supports higher chilled water temperatures.

In addition to 165,000 square feet of total raised white floor space, the facility in its final phase will include over 40,000 square feet of customizable dedicated office space for colocation customers as well as those seeking a secondary worksite for disaster recovery.

“Texas 1’s enhanced dual-feed design was a huge success. We will incorporate this and other premium design features with the latest advances in data center technology in the development of Texas 2,” Edward Henigin, chief technology officer of Data Foundry.

Data Foundry, a privately held company headquartered in Austin, Texas, operates purpose-built, carrier-neutral data centers in Austin and Houston and operates a global network with colocation presences for deployments worldwide.