Thursday, March 16, 2017

Big D No. 2 in big data sites

Big D No. 2 in big data sites

Space rose 25% last year; only Northern Virginia has more

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The Opus-3 data center in Deep Ellum partners with NEX, a co-working space for startups. Data center supply in North Texas is at an all-time high and is expected to grow.
A recent boom in building has pushed Dallas-Fort Worth into second place among the country’s largest data center markets.

Only Northern Virginia has more high-tech data facilities, according to a report by commercial real estate firm CBRE.

In 2016, new projects increased D-FW data center space more than 25 percent to a total capacity of 208 megawatts, the study shows.

“The Dallas-Fort Worth market continues to be an outstanding data center option,” said Brant Bernet, CBRE senior vice president. “The diverse set of providers with ready-to-occupy space, coupled with favorable lease terms and aggressive total cost economics, will keep North Texas in the mix for any size data center requirement for years to come.”

Data center supply in North Texas is at an all-time high and is expected to grow more this year with demand from businesses and consumers.

Almost a dozen D-FW data center projects are scheduled to come online in 2017, CBRE forecasts.

Area projects are being developed by Digital Realty Trust, Infomart Data Centers, QTS, ViaWest, DataBank, T5 Data Centers, RagingWire, Skybox, Stream Data Centers and Tier-

The D-FW area has over 13.5 million square feet of data center space. Use of the facilities is split between consumer needs and growing demand by big businesses, Bernet said.

“Everything they are doing is requiring more computing,” he said.

These facilities are some of the costliest developments being built in the area — much more than luxury hotels or office towers.

“To put up the shell building and whatever goes along with that is maybe $150 per square foot,” Bernet said. “If you turn that into a data center, you are probably spending $1,000 per square foot on top of that.

“You’ll spend maybe another thousand or two on your hardware and two to four thousand on your software.”

One of the most expensive parts of the developments is cooling all the high-powered computer servers and telecom equipment.

“For every penny you spend on computing, you are spending another penny or two on cooling it,” Bernet said. “The big constraints for our business are power and cooling.”

Many of North Texas’ newest data center projects are reaching unheard-of sizes.

Steve Brown/Dallas Morning News