DartPoints Expands Its Colocation Footprint Into New U.S. Markets with Schneider Electric


Schneider Electric, global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the expansion of its relationship with colocation provider DartPoints to support the company as it branches into new U.S. markets.

Leveraging Schneider Electric’s edge data center solutions, Dallas-Fort Worth based DartPoints offers customized data center services with site-specific colocation capabilities.

Since beginning the relationship in 2014, Schneider Electric custom solutions and technology implementations have helped colocation company DartPoints grow its business model and take advantage of new opportunities brought on by the growing demand for edge data center solutions.

Within the Dallas-Fort Worth area, DartPoints plans to deploy 25 new properties in 2017. The company also intends to expand into three additional geographic areas with an ultimate goal to be in 20 markets in five years.

Micro Edge Data Centers

According to Schneider Electric and DartPoints, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data have increased demand for connectivity, speed and processing power, pushing the need for these capabilities closer to the customer and where data is generated, out at the network edge.

schneider electric“Our key business driver is going wherever the customer is located and bringing applications there to drive latency down and reduce cost,” said Hugh Carspecken, CEO of DartPoints. “Schneider Electric‘s edge solutions enable us to easily build to a user’s needs without the compatibility issues that full customization requires, while streamlining design and construction for quick deployment, flexibility and scale. Furthermore, the resiliency and reliability of their products withstands the hardest of infrastructure challenges and makes it possible for us to maintain and even exceed our service standards and service level agreements.”

To provide clients with “flexible and resilient infrastructure that is easy to replicate and scale based on customer demand,” DartPoints leverages Schneider Electric micro edge data center products and solutions, including:

  • Symmetra PX 100 UPS – A scalable, fault-tolerant three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) offering high efficiency, performance and availability.
  • InRow Cooling – Significantly improves cooling efficiency by reducing power consumption while also increasing capacity and offering the ability to support higher rack density.
  • EcoAisle Containment – Increases data center cooling efficiency while protecting critical IT equipment and data center personnel from thermal events.
  • StruxureWare Data Center Expert – Provides centralized management and reporting at every level of the infrastructure, including temperature, airflow, humidity and security.

Throughout more than two years of testing, DartPoints has successfully delivered fully redundant 100kW systems – either on-premise within a building or on-site at a campus of buildings in its 24/7 colocation offering.

“When DartPoints first came to us, they were looking to bring a model to market that was different from the traditional colocation business, offering the same economies of scale as the larger data centers but with a smaller footprint,” said Mike Hagan, Vice President, Sales – IT Division, Schneider Electric. “It was a challenge, but one we were confident could be achieved working together through our integrated product set and services.”