Within the last 10 to 20 years, there’s been a significant upscale in the data centers of Dallas. Major providers have caught onto the draw: It’s a location with close proximity to fiber connectivity and the place to meet hungry consumers. While data centers used to focus on carrier hotels and connectivity hubs, they’ve shifted to developing suburban sites with the goods, also known as, fiber loops. “Larger sites, bigger floor plates, all that,” said Anthony Bolner, senior vice president and partner at Stream Data Centers.
Bolner joined David Liggitt, CEO and founder of datacenterHawk, for a HawkTalk virtual discussion about the local market.
The two spoke about how Dallas’ data center has changed over the years, how Stream adjusted for COVID-19, and what the key indicators are for North Texas moving forward.
When it comes to why data center users chose the Dallas market, Bolner said a lot of it comes down to cost—the cost of doing business, ease of development, cost of electricity. “I think the underlying utility story here is very important; the cost of living, the cost of land, the availability of land, even things like our major transportation hubs, and ease of doing business in the state of Texas—but really North Texas—have all been really important facts to why Dallas has continued to grow as a data center market.”
Watch the video below for more.