Jan 14, 2021

Digital Realty moves global HQ to Austin, Texas

Strategy
DigitalRealty
colocation
Scott Birch
2 min
Digital Realty CEO A. William Smith says moving headquarters from tech hub San Francisco will allow it to better serve its increasingly global customer base
Digital Realty CEO A. William Stein says moving headquarters from tech hub San Francisco will allow it to better serve an increasingly global customer b...

Data center leader Digital Realty has announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters from San Francisco, California to Austin, Texas.

The company, which has more than 280 facilities in 49 metros across 24 countries on six continents, says the move will strengthen its existing presence in Texas and allow it to better serve its increasingly global customer base. Digital Realty will maintain a presence in San Francisco – widely regarded as one of the world’s leading technology hubs – but the relocation of the corporate headquarters to Austin reflects the company’s established track record of success and growth in Texas, along with its extensive investment in the state. 

Digital Realty’s roots in Texas date back to 2002 and around 20% of its North America workforce are based there. Today, it owns more than 30 data centers across Texas, accounting for more than four million square feet and over 100 megawatts of customer capacity.

“The central location, affordable cost of living, highly educated workforce and supportive business climate have helped make Texas an epicenter for business activity and technology growth,” said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer, A. William Stein.  

“As we continue to make strategic investments to best position Digital Realty for long-term growth, we are confident our expansion in Texas will help us meet the needs of our more than 4,000 global customers while continuing to deliver value for our stakeholders, employees and the communities we serve around the world.” 

Technology leaders head to Texas

Digital Realty has invested in 2323 Bryan Street in Dallas, bringing online additional colocation capacity to meet growing needs. It has also invested significantly in renewable energy in Texas, including wind and solar, intending to have more than 70% of the Texas portfolio powered by renewables by mid-2021. 

“We are excited that Digital Realty has chosen Texas as the new home for their corporate headquarters, and I thank them for their expanded investment in the Lone Star State,” said Governor Greg Abbott.  

“Digital Realty joins other global technology leaders and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies now headquartered in Texas. We are seeing increasing investments from innovative businesses thanks to our young, growing, and educated workforce, and our pro-growth economic policies that help job-creating businesses to thrive.” 

Digital Realty supports the world’s leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions.

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Jun 15, 2021

LCL acquires ENGIE Solutions data centre in Gembloux

LCL
ENGIESolutions
datacentres
Acquisition
2 min
LCL acquires the ENGIE solutions data centre in Gembloux in Belgium, the new facility being the company’s first in Wallonia

The data centre company LCL has announced today that it has acquired the ENGIE solutions data centre in Gembloux, Belgium through the acquisition of Cofely data solutions. The new facility, called Wallonia One, is the company’s first facility in Wallonia. As part of the agreement, LCL will take over the management of the facility’s employees as well as the data centre itself. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed. 

LCL says that Wallonia One is its fifth data centre in the Belgian market and its second acquisition, after purchasing the Atos data centre in Huizingen in April last year. Laurens van Reijen, CEO of LCL, said: “With this fifth data centre, we are increasing our presence on the market. Gembloux is located in the heart of the Walloon economy. As a result, LCL Wallonia One offers excellent connection possibilities for the business sites and parks throughout Wallonia. 

“Thanks to our other strategic sites located in the four corners of the Brussels and Antwerp peripheries, we can ensure that any company will have close links with other regions in our country”, van Reijen said. 

Four employees under a fixed contract with Cofely Data Solutions will be joining the LCL team for the acquisition. Remaining part of the LCL Wallonia One, the employees will be under the leadership of their current manager, Nicolas Coppée, LCL said. 

“We warmly welcome our four new colleagues and their support will be effectively integrated,” said Laurens van Reijen. “LCL is still strongly driven by service and quality. We intend not only to build synergies between our five data centres but also to introduce some innovations. Our current team of 37 employees is specialised in data centre services. So this is a win-win-win operation: for the customers of data centres, for ENGIE Solutions, and for LCL”. 

Wallonia One’s “solar park”

LCL also says that the Wallonia One data centre features a solar park to provide power for the facility. The park includes 2,000 photovoltaic panels which generate 1MW of electricity, LCL claims. The centre also has a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.25, in line with the company’s sustainability and efficiency objectives. 

Committed to making all of its data centres carbon-neutral by 2030, LCL has created the “Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact” across Europe, which consists of 24 companies and 17 associations. 

In addition to Wallonia One, LCL and ENGIE Solutions have also concluded a collaboration agreement, thus enabling ENGIE Solutions to build new data centres for LCL. There are also plans for ENGIE Solutions to advise LCL on energy efficiency, given ENGIE’s experience in such projects.

 

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