Switch announces fifth prime data centre campus in Texas
Switch, an exascale technology organisation, has announced the launch of its fifth prime data centre campus in Texas. The project is part of a land purchase agreement with Dell Technologies, which will allow the company to construct over 1.5mn sq ft of space for the Tier 5 data centre, named “The Rock”. It will be located next to Dell’s global headquarters in Round Rock, Texas.
Talking about the campus expansion, Rob Roy, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Switch, said: “This is another transformative milestone in the growth of our company to further expand our geographic diversity to the central region of the U.S. To be strategically located alongside the Dell Technologies global headquarters is an opportunity to continue broadening our offerings of the world’s most advanced data centre infrastructure to current and future Switch clients”.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dell Technologies, Michael Dell, added: “Since Dell was founded in 1984, we’ve seen Central Texas grow into a technology and innovation hub to the benefit of the entire community. With this agreement, we welcome Switch to a wonderful neighbourhood and at the same time continue to expand our relationships with leading data centre service providers”.
Exascale multi-cloud edge infrastructure services bringing compute, storage, and connectivity to the network edge
Along with Dell Technologies and FedEx, Switch previously announced that the three companies are also working together to develop exascale multi-cloud edge infrastructure services that will allow compute, storage, and connectivity to be brought to the network edge, helping customers overcome performance barriers for latency-sensitive applications.
In addition, Switch also recently announced that it had acquired Data Foundry, which has properties capable of delivering more than 500,000 sq ft of space and 60 megawatts of power in Austin and Houston, the company claims. Following this acquisition, it is hoped that Switch’s Texas technology campus will be designed to provide “over 2mn sq ft and 185 megawatts of power upon completion”. This facility, including The Rock, will be powered by 100% renewable energy, Switch says.
The company expects to begin site preparation of The Rock campus in the summer of 2021.
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.