Austin and Central Texas are located in one of the nation’s lowest risk areas for natural disasters which attracts data centers and disaster recovery sites for large companies. According to www.TexasWideOpenForBusiness.com, Texas is a leading location for data centers due to affordable real estate, low incidence of natural disasters, available skilled workforce, bandwidth availability, competitive electricity rates and tailored tax incentives. Many do not think of Austin as a data center location, but all of the conditions are right for companies to look to Austin for their facilities. Austin has not only a safe location, but they also have the technology talent pool to staff new data center sites, an affordable housing market and reasonable cost of living, along with a laid back hill country lifestyle.
A safe haven for data centers
Natural disaster zones are all across the U.S. From earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados and wildfires, companies are hard pressed to find a safe location to place their IT infrastructure.
The map below shows the hot spots for natural disasters. As you can see both Austin and San Antonio are situated outside of the disaster areas making them a great location for companies to locate their data centers.
(Please note that this graphic does not include wildfires, which would further restrict other parts of the U.S. for data centers.)
Recently the Austin Business Journal reported that Data Foundry will break ground on a $200 million data center in Southeast Austin. Data Foundry was ranked No. 2 in Austin Business Journal’s most recent list of largest data centers with 290,000 square feet of space locally. They also own and operate 350,000 square feet of data center facilities in Houston.
A Data Foundry official said in a statement, “Austin remains a desirable location for disaster recovery, as it is located in a region that has a low incidence of natural disasters and a power grid that is independent from the rest of the country.”
For more information, visit http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2016/09/21/austin-company-to-break-ground-on-200-million-data.html?ana=e_me_set1&s=newsletter&ed=2016-09-21&u=Eh%2F7AXMT3DF%2BCGl%2FQxzQNA024ef178&t=1474465445&j=75858512
SOURCE: Austin Business Journal and www.TexasWideOpenForBusiness.com.