Tornado-proof Ascent Corporation opens commercial data center in Plano

DALLAS — Ascent Corporation has opened its fifth commercial data center, located in the Dallas suburb of Plano. The Dallas facility joins Ascent’s two facilities in Chicago, along with one each in St. Louis, MO and Minneapolis, MN, adding an additional 17,000 sq ft (1600 sq m) of data center space to its portfolio.

The Plano campus sits on 4.3 acres and the current plan is to take advantage of an additional 22,000 sq ft (2000 sq m) of expansion space, as customer needs drive the growth. The current space is designed to use only 2.7 MW of the almost 10 MW avaliable from three individual substations, leaving significant power for future expansion. There are also three separate fiber paths into the carrier-neutral building, giving customers their choice of providers while ensuring redundant pathways.

The most significant feature of the new facility is that it is hardened to handle tornados up to F5 in intensity (winds up to 360 MPH or 560 KPH). To achieve this, the data center has 15” thick walls with a 13.5” thick roof built from reinforced concrete as well as an 8,000 lb (3700 kg) blast door at the loading dock.

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READ MORE of this story at Datacenter Dynamics by David Chernicoff. Photo courtesy of Ascent Corporation.

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