Our History

Data Foundry has deep roots compared to most colocation companies. Colocation is still a new industry, as many major colocation providers were established in the early 2000s. Data Foundry was established in 1994 as one of the first 50 ISPs in the U.S. and opened its first Internet Data Center (IDC) in 1995. The company finally began providing colocation services in 1999. Our experience as an ISP made our company the service-focused colocation provider it is today and formed our extensive background in networking and data center operations.


How It All Began

Established in 1994 as Texas.Net, Data Foundry is one of the first Internet Service Providers in the United States. During our 25 year history, we have supported thousands of enterprise companies in virtually every industry, including high performance computing, energy, financial services, healthcare and technology firms.


Managed Growth

Data Foundry’s strategy during these formative years was to become the premium Internet Service Provider in every market served. In 1995, we moved our headquarters to Austin, Texas. Operations were established in Houston (1996), Dallas (1997), and Ft. Worth (1998).


Established First Data Center In Austin, TX

In 1999, we expanded beyond Internet connectivity services by introducing colocation and enterprise data center services with the building of our first colocation data center in downtown Austin.


Houston 1 Acquired

In 2002, Data Foundry acquired Reliant Energy’s Internet and data center operations in Houston, Texas, making it the third Internet data center owned and operated by Data Foundry. Despite the economic downturn, our growth continued, evidenced by surpassing the 1,000th customer mark and maintaining profitable operations for the ninth straight year which has continued to this day.

Data Foundry 00 Grand Opening

In 2003 as we continued to grow, we opened a data center (Data Foundry 00) in Austin, Texas as our fourth Texas data center. Our premier Austin 1 Disaster Recovery Campus offers an offsite location with an Internet data center, a world-class network and accommodations for the people required to keep your business running during a declared emergency.


Global Colocation Site Established In Ashburn, VA

Data Foundry established its first colocation site in Ashburn, VA, and began managing remote sites from our data center NOC in Austin, TX.


Global Colocation Site Established In Amsterdam

In 2004, we established our first international colocation site in Amsterdam, NL. This footprint was the first of three managed sites in Amsterdam.

Texas.Net Becomes Data Foundry

As the customer base grew both nationally and internationally, Texas.Net changed its name to Data Foundry in 2005.


Global Colocation Site Established In Hong Kong

Data Foundry establishes colocation space in Hong Kong, expanding its presence to include multiple countries.

Data Foundry 01 Grand Opening

With the advent of Data Foundry 01 – our 130,000 square foot carrier-neutral data center on the Data Ranch campus – Data Foundry achieved its goal of establishing Central Texas as a leading market for wholesale and retail data center outsourcing, colocation and disaster recovery services.


Houston 2 Grand Opening

Houston 2 is Data Foundry’s largest purpose built data center at 350,000 square feet. It is carrier neutral with a 60 MegaWatt capacity and was designed to be the choice for premium wholesale and retail colocation and Disaster Recovery for Houston.


Data Foundry 02 Ground Breaking

Data Foundry breaks ground for its fifth Texas data center. Data Foundry 02 is adjacent to Data Foundry 01 on the Data Ranch. The facility is master-planned at 325,000 square feet with a 24 MW capacity.


Data Foundry 02 Grand Opening

Data Foundry 02 opens its doors in late 2017 with over 16 network carriers on site.


Switch Acquires Data Foundry

Switch acquires Data Foundry