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Infomart Dallas - Equinix Dallas - 1950 N Stemmons Fwy
1950 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
  • 500,000 Gross SqFt
  • 60.0 Megawatts

The Infomart is the center of network Interconnection and Peering in Dallas. In fact, the Infomart is the nexus of the Interconnection marketplace for the entire South Central United States. The only other building with reasonable network density is Digital Realty's 2323 Bryant Street.

CyrusOne Carrollton
1649 West Frankford Rd. Carrollton
TX 75007
  • 670,000 Gross SqFt
  • 60.0 Megawatts
  • 60,000 SqFt of Office Space
  • Power Density: 150–200+ watts/SqFt
Cologix DAL1 & DAL2
1950 Stemmons Freeway
Dalas, TX 75207
  • 40,000 Gross SqFt
  • Does not own Owns the Building

Cologix DAL1 (28,000 SF) & DAL2 (12,000 SF) are both located in the carrier dense Infomart.

Stream DFW VII
W Campbell Rd & Lookout Dr
Garland, TX 75044
  • 140,000 Gross SqFt

Stream Data Centers has acquired 23 acres for construction of a new Dallas-area campus development in Garland, Texas. When completed in late 2018, the newly-constructed DFW VII facility will offer an expandable 140,000 square foot data center with redundant 40 MW utility feeds from an on-site substation provided by Oncor. Ultimately the campus will total approximately 400,000 square feet.

T5 Dallas
6653 Pinecrest Dr
Plano, TX 75024
  • 247,000 Gross SqFt
  • 34.5 Megawatts

There are three data centers on the campus:

  • T5@Dallas I 247,000 sqft data center with 22.5 MW of critical power
  • T5@Dallas II up to 24 MW
  • T5@Dallas III is a LEED Silver certified, concurrently maintainable data center with 94,400 square feet of technical space and 10.75MW of available power from two local substations.

The Dallas data center market has been hot. Low power costs, robust interconnection market, tax incentives, and low hazard risks have attracted large data center deployments.

Dallas Interconnection

Dallas is the best-connected metro in the South Central US. The Informart at 1950 Stemmons is the primary point of interconnection followed by 2323 Bryan, a 26 story downtown tower. Equinix, a retail colo provider focused on Interconnection ecosystems, acquired the Infomart for $800 million in 2018.

Infomart Colocation

Infomart at 1950 N Stemmons is the pivotal colo facility in Dallas. Not only does is it contain the main peering point in the region, but many other colo providers are in the building as well. Equinix acquired the building in 2018 and runs the Meet-Me Room (MMR) The following companies also provide colocation services in the building:

  • Cologix DAL1 and DAL2 jointly have 40,000 sqft
  • Flexential operates the former Viawest data center
  • Zayo (aka zColo)
  • Atlantic Metro

Other Dallas Colocation Facilities

  • 2323 Bryan, a Digital Realty owned telecom hotel. Similar to the Infomart, the site has many colo providers. in the building including, Earthlink, Equinix, CyrusOne, and Atlantic Metro.
  • Digital Realty - 9 sites
  • CyrusOne - 3 data centers
  • QTS - 2 large data centers
  • QuadraNet is in the Tierpoint facility at 3004 Irving
  • DataBank has 3 data centers. DFW1 in the Former Federal Reserve Building. DFW2 in Richardson has 42,000 sqft of raised floor. DataBank’s newest facility, DFW3, is in Plano

Wholesale Options:

There are many good wholesale choices in the market, including Digital Realty, CyrusOne, QTS, T5, Raging Wire, Skybox, and Stream.

Electric Utility:

The Texas electrical utility is decoupled from the East/West power grids in the US, the only state to manage their own grid. The grid is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT.) Further, in 2002, Texas deregulated its energy industry creating a competitive market. The cost of electricity ranges from $0.04/kwh to $0.007/kwh.

Hazardous Risk:

Dallas is a relatively low risk from natural disasters. However tornados are sporadic, but a persistent risk in the summer.

Tax Incentives:

The state of Texas has exempted state sales tax (of 6.25%) for qualifying software and hardware purchases for data centers. The exemption does not cover local sales taxes. The State exemption also includes use tax for electricity consumption. The tax exemptions are intended for large data center deployments and to qualify, the data center must meet specific requirements. For example, capital expenditures must exceed $200 million over 5 years and create at least 20 permanent local jobs.

Google's Pioneering Location in Midlothian

There are no other data centers within 15 miles of Google’s Midlothian Data Center location which is under construction. Most of the data center development in the Dallas metro is either in Dallas itself or to the North (Plano, Carrolton, Richardson, and North Fort Worth.)

Google is a data center pioneer in the South. From the perspective of electrical supply, it might prove to be a smart decision. As the high growth data center industry clusters in the North metro area, Google has chosen to colocate its data center next to a slow growth, but high electric consumption industry.

Data center clusters encourage network fiber buildout. That is a disadvantage to be the only data center in a region. However, the site is built along a rail line and with Google's size and clout, it will by itself encourage enough fiber development.

Top Data Center Providers in Dallas

Sites Sites Gross SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW) Power (MW)
Digital Realty Trust 10 1,326,035 109.90
CenturyLink | Level 3 7 2,401 0.00
Zayo 5 73,395 4.42
Equinix 5 688,164 66.30
CyrusOne 3 870,000 86.50
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Largest Data Centers in Dallas

Gross SqFt Gross SqFt Power (MW) Power MW
CyrusOne Carrollton 670,000 60.00
Digital Dallas Campus in Richardson - Digital Realty 579,859 72.00
Infomart Dallas - Equinix Dallas - 1950 N Stemmons Fwy 500,000 60.00
11830 Webb Chapel - Digital Realty 365,647
QTS Irving 292,000 36.00
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Laura Ortman (CRO) and Dawn Smith (COO) join Cologix
posted in Cologix discussions
Cologix, a network and cloud-neutral interconnection and data-center company, today announced it ...

AT&T Data Center Fire in Richardson Texas Causes Internet Outage for North Texas Customers
posted in AT&T Switching Station (Richardson) discussions
Electrical fire at an AT&T data center in Richardson, Texas, caused the company’s customers in No...

TierPoint Launches Cloud Connect Express for connections to Azure and AWS from All TierPoint Locations
posted in TierPoint discussions
TierPoint, a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of...

Digital Realty, IBM Expand Cloud Connections
posted in Digital Realty Trust discussions
Digital Realty, a global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions and an...

Digital Realty considering $1bn Acquisition of Ascenty
posted in Digital Realty Trust discussions
Digital Realty is in talks about buying Ascenty, which operates eight data centres in Brazil and ...


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