Data Foundry Inc. recently purchased 18 acres of land in Greenspoint with plans to build a 250,000-square-foot data center campus.
The planned campus will have multiple buildings and will break ground in the first quarter of 2014. The first building in the complex is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Data Foundry’s new location will give Houston-based customers who are currently using the company’s data center located in Austin the option to locate their servers closer to their Houston offices.
“Data Foundry established its first Internet and data center facility in Houston in 1996, and we’ve continuously expanded our presence and capabilities to meet the demands of our Houston customers,” said Carolyn Yokubaitis, co-CEO of Data Foundry in a press released published on Sept. 4, 2013. “We’re very excited to be further expanding our commitment to Houston and continuing to offer a real choice in premium data center and managed services.”
Data Foundry’s roots are in Internet service, which it still provides in addition to data storage. This means that the data stored on the servers located on site are connected to the clients’ offices by inside telecommunications services. However, Data Foundry will also provide other Internet connection services at its new data center.
The new data center will also act as both a wholesale and retail data center provider. Wholesale providers sell space to large clients that can take up entire floors of server space, while retail providers lease out a large space and then sell smaller bits and often manage the servers of smaller companies with that space. Data Foundry also offers managed services to clients who do not want to manage their own data centers.
According to a May 29, 2013 HBJ article, Texas has long been a desired location for large data centers because of its central location, economic climate, reliable electric grid, historically low occurrences of natural disasters, educated workforce and pro-business environment.
However, Texas began to slip in number of data centers located here when other states began offering aggressive tax packages for data centers.
To combat this, the state legislature recently passed the state’s first tax incentive to be offered for new data center business. The new data center tax incentive bill went into effect on Sept. 1, 2013. The law provides a sales tax exemption for electricity consumption and equipment purchases for things like servers, generators, storage devices, software and other systems required for data center operations for new data centers that take up more than 100,000 square feet of space and require at least a $200 million investment.
Data Foundry will be among the beneficiaries of the new bill.
“We are a very competitive state for large data centers in terms of our economy, geography and climate, but we haven’t been in terms of our tax code,” Representative Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, told HBJ in the May 29, 2013 article. Hilderbran authored House Bill 1223 which created the incentives.
In addition to being located in Houston, Data Foundry specifically selected the Greenspoint area for its fiber connectivity.
“The Greenspoint area is a great area for networks, and it’s got good power availability,” Data Foundry president and CEO Shane Menking told HBJ in a Sept. 6, 2013 article. “The marketplace lends itself to customers wanting to be here.”