LEED certified building
Dallas company plans construction of state-of-the-art data center in TheWoodlands
Data centers are the hidden physical realm of the Internet, the rooms of servers that feed us our daily doses of online shopping, celebrity gossip and baby animal pictures. Stream Data Centers, the Dallas-based company that has provided data space for corporations like Sprint, Chevron and Apple since its founding in 1999, will be bringing this earthly online realm to The Woodlands with the creation of an advanced private data center at 4001 Technology Forest Drive.
The new Houston-area facility, which will open at the end of 2012, marks the company's second unique data center prototype (the first will launch in the Dallas suburb of Richardson in March).
The Woodlands data center will be constructed using building codes from Florida's hurricane-prone Miami-Dade County, standards that provide the ability to withstand sustained winds up to 146 miles per hour.
The design combines disaster protection and 24-hour security with LEED-certified efforts to maintain environmentally-friendly building practices and long-term energy efficiency.
"In many ways, the wholesale data industry is still creating itself," Stream Data co-managing director Paul Moser told CultureMap. "We've designed a model for fully-commissioned data center space that's directed specifically at corporate end users."
The Woodlands data center will be constructed using building codes from Florida's hurricane-prone Miami-Dade County, standards that provide the ability to withstand sustained winds up to 146 miles per hour. The 72,500-square-foot space is intended for continuous uninterrupted operation, with electricity fed directly from two separate substations, high-end fiber optic infrastructure and a 72-hour emergency fuel reserve.
Divided into into three 10,000-square-foot halls, the center's flexible configuration allows for both single and multiple data users. Each hall in the carrier-neutral facility includes its own telecommunications room with access to multiple data providers.
"Stream’s Private Data Center in Houston continues our Texas expansion and provides an excellent addition to our portfolio," Moser said in a recent statement. "The demand for data center space in Houston is strong and this ground-up, purpose-built facility will provide enterprise users with an attractive wholesale option in Houston’s premier master-planned community."