Tuesday, May 02, 2017

CyrusOne plans to develop massive data center campus in Allen

It seems Dallas-based data center provider CyrusOne Inc. (Nasdaq: CONE) has found what it was looking for in North Texas, with plans to develop a big data center campus in Allen.

The company has asked for a zoning change on more than 65 acres of land near Allen Commerce Parkway and Chelsea Boulevard that would convert the tract from zoned agricultural land to a data center use.
Allen's Planning and Zoning Commission are expected to vote on the proposed change on Tuesday, which could make way for the Dallas-based company's plans for its next big development.

"We have enjoyed the benefits of recognition of being here in Dallas," CEO Gary Wojtaszek told me in March. "The ability to network here is fantastic. Texans really enjoy having a fun time, making money and putting you in touch with people who want to do the same thing."

In the last 18 months, CyrusOne's clients have doubled the number of people managing the massive data center operations at the CyrusOne facility in Carrollton.

Construction on the last two data halls are in the midst of development. Upon completion, CyrusOne's data center campus in Carrollton will total about 80 megawatts.

With its Carrollton data center campus developing out, Wojtaszek told the Dallas Business Journal he was looking for new sites in North Texas.

He said the company was focused on finding large parcels of land that give CyrusOne lots of options to grow at an inexpensive cost.

Allen Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Dan Bowman said this could be a major co-location facility that would be on par with TierPoint's data center being built by Dallas-based Compass Data Centers.

"It's a major facility," Bowman told the DBJ."The Cisco data center is a major enterprise product, but it's also been a big motivator for us. We are seeing major investments from groups like Compass that plan to spend a lot of dollars in additional fiber and infrastructure that wills support a multitude of companies."

Candace Carlisle/Dallas Business Journal.