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400MW hyperscale data centre campus heading to Texas

T5 Data Centers, innovators in providing state-of-the-art, customisable, hyperscale computing environments, and Hillwood, one of the nation's leading real estate companies, are partnering to co-develop a data centre campus within AllianceTexas, the 18,000-acre master-planned, mixed-use development in north Fort Worth.

AllianceTexas is already home to one of the biggest data centres in the country — Facebook's more than US$1bn project on State Highway 170.

Development of the T5@Alliance data centre campus is backed by IPI Data Center Partners Management, LLC, which invests in data centres and other technology and connectivity-related real assets and is sponsored by ICONIQ Capital.

Hillwood said that it will work with T5 Data Centers and IPI Data Center Partners to build a 350 to 400-acre data centre campus at AllianceTexas.

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The area is just north of Facebook’s property, near where the Fort Worth city limits meet Roanoke.

The partnership with T5 and IPI gives Hillwood the ability to deliver even more data centre campuses to a growing number of customers in North Texas, said Mike Berry, President of Hillwood.

"Rapid growth in Fort Worth is catching the attention of large technology companies, like Facebook, and is reinforcing AllianceTexas' position as a premier destination for data centres," said Berry, in a statement.

"With highly acclaimed data centres already developed in eight major markets across the United States, T5 and IPI Partners are ideal partners for expediting the evolution of AllianceTexas as a large-scale data centre destination," Berry added.

The partners are marketing “pad sites” connected to critical infrastructure to companies looking to build data centres in the Dallas market.

In a statement, Reid Goetz, the AllianceTexas VP responsible for data centres, industrial, and office development, said, “The massive pad sites at T5@Alliance, which are already served with critical infrastructure, makes the development a great platform on which the partners can create one of the world's top data centre destinations.

“This is the first hyper-scaled project of its size in North Texas,” 

The development is served by two separate transmission sources, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative and Oncor.

At full build-out, the development will be capable of delivering over 400MW of dedicated critical power, which replicates the current capacity of the entire Dallas-Fort Worth marketplace.

Pete Marin, President and CEO of T5, said: “Cloud and hyperscale data centre users are looking for locations that can offer a growth pathway, incentives, resiliency and speed to operation, all with low costs. T5@Alliance offers a perfect combination of these critical requirements.

“This partnership with Hillwood and IPI Partners brings together a highly experienced team ready to deliver hyperscale campuses for discerning data centre customers.”

With so many data centres being built in the area, unsurprisingly Dallas-Fort Worth has risen to the second-place spot for data centre absorption with 22MW in the first half of 2017, according to CBRE Research.

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