Ascent Brings $90M Data Center Facility in Dallas
- Jun 23, 2016
Dallas—Leading provider of comprehensive data center solutions Ascent recently announced the launch of a new data center in Dallas. Ascent DAL1 is designed to provide the highly flexible and scalable data center infrastructure necessary for enterprises in the growing Dallas-Fort Worth region, while offering hardened building construction, capable of withstanding EF5 tornadoes. According to the Dallas Business Journal, the developer plans to invest $90 million in the Ascent DAL1 project.
Since Dallas is an area under threat by severe weather and in need of highly secure, impenetrable facilities to run data center operations and provide business continuity, Ascent decided to bring its expertise to the area. The company has several active developments in other markets, including downtown and suburban Chicago.
Ascent’s DAL1 facility is highly secure and can withstand environmental threats, including EF5 tornadoes with up to 360 mph winds. The structure is outfitted with 15-inch reinforced concrete walls, 13.5-inch reinforced concrete roof and 8,000-pound blast door at the dock area, to name a few attributes. Strategically located in the Dallas suburb of Plano, the data center is highly connected with multiple fiber providers. The facility has three diverse paths for fiber access, providing multiple points of entry for connectivity.
“Texas has been hit hard with severe weather, including heavy rainstorms, hail and tornadoes recently. This is the perfect time for us to bring our enterprise class hardened facility to the market, which, with its EF5 hardening, is much more secure and reliable than standard facilities,” Phil Horstmann, CEO of Ascent, said in prepared remarks. “Dallas is a premier data center market and our hardened facility offers a different type of product that is well suited as a primary data center site for enterprise end-users as well as businesses seeking disaster recovery and continuity solutions in the Midwest. With our team’s ability to move quickly and deploy to the customer’s specifications, we can provide flexibility and capacity to accommodate companies with short term capacity needs and long term growth potential.”
Now available for lease, DAL1 is rack-ready and offers the ability for customization and expansion to meet customers’ technical, financial, security and operational requirements. DAL1 spans 4.3 acres and is equipped with 2.7 MW of critical power with the ability to expand up to 7.2 MW.
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