Data centers in Texas continue to grow

Cloud hosting provider Atlantic.net is expanding its operations with new data centers in Dallas, Texas, and Toronto, Canada, according to an official company statement.

The new Texas facility is centrally located in Dallas, and its main function will be to support the international Toronto center. It has a 4500 kilowatt hour utility capacity and a 3890 kW generator power capacity. The 480,000-square-foot facility is operated by the Digital Realty Trust. It also has 24 hour security staff with biometric controlled access, is monitored with video surveillance and has SSAE 16 (SOC 1) Type II certification, according to the company's website.

The Toronto facility is the company's first international data center, and is carrier neutral in order to give customers prioritized delivery. It has high-speed fiber and upstream connections to Tier-1 bandwidth providers. The facility is run by telecommunications company Cogeco​.

"We chose Toronto and Dallas because both locations ensure that our customers have a domestic location to provide the highest-quality support," said Marty Puranik, CEO of Atlantic.Net.

With its newest expansion, Atlantic.net now has three data centers. It also plans to open more facilities throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

QTS sells space in new data center
Earlier this month in Texas, Quality Technology Services (QTS) announced it was planning on developing a large data center in the state. The company has since announced it has presold about 26,000 square feet of its Dallas-Fort Worth facility.

"This site's central location, ample power capacity and rich networking connections, provide a strong foundation for our unique platform," said Dan Benneqitz, chief operating officer of QTS. "We are excited to bring QTS' operational excellence and premium customer experience to this dynamic and growing market."

As more data centers move to Texas because of its strong position in the technology industry, facility owners and operators should work with technical recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.