CyrusOne to Build Largest Data Center in Texas
CyrusOne has recently been approved to build its 3rd data center in close to our home here in North Texas. They own a 65+ acre piece of land, which was originally zoned for agriculture in Allen, Texas. The City of Allen Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve the updated zoning for the area to allow CyrusOne to move forward with their data center plans.
Biggest Data Center in Texas
When done, they will have built a total of three structures, all focused on data center floor space. These buildings will be constructed separately in distinct phases. The first will create 350,950 square feet of floor space, the second 619,100 square feet, and the last will be 412,800 square feet. This is a total of about 1,382,850 square feet of new space available for their data center, once everything is completed.
The data center buildings will have two floors, with the maximum height of any of the buildings being 56 feet. They are also planning to build concrete walls around the facilities for increased physical security. These walls will range from eight to twenty feet depending on the area.
There is no timeline available yet on when each phase will take place, but it is likely to be completed over the course of the next several years. When done, this will be the eleventh facility owned by CyrusOne in Texas. It will also be their largest.
Large data centers are becoming increasingly common as more and more companies require these types of facilities, and cloud computing is making centralized computing structures like this more efficient than ever.
Allen, TX has been attracting large data centers for the last several years. Cisco began the trend several years back, and continues to operate a large data center right across the street from where this new CyrusOne facility is located. The City Council also approved a proposal for a smaller, 87,000 square foot, facility just down the street.
Data centers bring a lot of benefits to cities like Allen, TX, without any significant problems. Data centers typically don’t generate too much traffic, or bring in a huge number of new residents. They do require electricity and water, but typically coordinate with local providers to ensure their needs can be met without any disruption to the surrounding area.