Data Foundry Blog

The Final Stages

Texas 1 data center is undergoing the final steps of commissioning!

In the commissioning process, we are doing our final operational testing. The systems within the building are tested and verified, including quality assurance for the electrical, cooling, water, lighting, plumbing, security and other systems throughout the facility.

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Keeping the Data Center Secure

Security is one of the top concerns for data center customers. At Texas 1, we are just about finished installing many of the state-of-the-art security features to help protect your IT equipment and the lifeline to your business. The Texas 1 grounds are outfitted with high fencing and a guard station to prevent unwanted entry onto the premises. Internal security includes mantraps, biometrics, locked cages and cabinets and video monitoring solutions. Data Foundry takes pride in providing top-of-the-line security features for its customers.

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A Grand Scale from Any Perspective

The exterior of Texas 1 is almost complete! The parking lot has been paved, trees have been planted, and the exterior perimeter fence is going up. You can really start to see the scale of the building! Take a look around the property for yourself…

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Details, Details, Details

Texas 1 will serve as an office for a number of Data Foundry employees, as well as a temporary office for worksite recovery customers. Some of the details that make Texas 1 a welcoming environment are already going into place! Take a look…

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Texas 1 Is Powered Up!

With Texas 1 opening in just a few weeks, we are excited to report that the power systems and controls supporting the facility have been fully installed!

Texas 1 has fully redundant power from two separate substations. Our dual-feed power is carried all the way to the UPSs, meaning that each individual UPS lineup within the building can run on power from either substation.

This premium configuration has no single point of failure. We can distribute our active UPS connections independently across our dual utility feeds, spreading out the load and reducing the possibility of the entire facility being affected by a problem with one utility feed. If there is a utility issue on one feed, we can easily transfer the affected load over to the other feed.

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Wide Open Spaces

The first phase of the Texas 1 facility boasts 55,000 square feet of raised floor. This expansive area is highly scalable, accommodating single cabinet to multi-megawatt deployments. Texas 1’s raised floor, which sits 36 inches above the depressed slab, coupled with its flexible cooling system design allows for custom cooling solutions. Texas 1 can meet your company’s every need from standard deployments to chilled water direct to your cabinet.

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Do You Feel a Chill in the Air?

Texas 1 uses a chilled water cooling system, which consumes significantly less electricity than conventional air-cooled systems. Inside the facility, chillers draw heat out of the chilled water system and move it to the condenser water system. The condenser water then moves into the cooling towers, where heat will be released into the atmosphere mostly through evaporation. Located within the cooling towers are highly-efficient variable-speed fans to help with the process.

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Another Step Ahead: Flooring Is In!

The recent completion of our raised flooring brings us even closer the Texas 1 opening!

Texas 1’s raised floor consists of Tate ConCore 2500 tiles. These are concrete-filled tiles that can withstand a single-point load of 2,500 pounds on a one square inch area at any location on the panel, with a minimum safety factor of 2. This means that each tile can really support up to 5,000 pounds on any single square inch. The corners of every floor tile rest on pedestals and, for higher quality, stringers to support the edges of the floor tiles. This provides the highest load rating, along with extra stiffness to keep the floor tiles straight and aligned and level with each other.

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Look How Far We’ve Come…

After months of hard work and long hours by our experienced engineers, technicians, construction crews and vendors, we are pleased to let you know that in just a few months, the debut of Texas 1 will take place. On track for a grand opening in June 2011, this new carrier-neutral facility will offer the only state-of-the-art data center of its size and design in the Central Texas region. With over 130,000 square feet of premium space for mission critical IT operations and disaster recovery services, Texas 1 is fed by two 400 megawatt-capable substations from two power plants on the Texas Power Grid, making it the most reliable facility for wholesale and retail data center outsourcing.

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Building the Mechanical Plant

Since our last post, Texas 1’s state-of-the-art mechanical plant has begun to take shape. The chilled water system design allows for maximum cooling flexibility from standard single cabinet deployments to high density configurations. Even the most complex High Performance Computing (HPC) environments can be properly cooled in Texas 1.

Beginning with two diverse water feeds, cooling at Texas 1 is designed to be inherently resilient:

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