Next to Dell’s headquarters in Texas, Switch will develop its fifth ‘Prime’ location. Switch will be able to build nearly 1.5 million square feet of highly robust “Tier 5” data center space close to Dell Technologies’ global headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, thanks to a land acquisition deal with Dell Technologies. ‘The Rock’ will be the name of the company’s fifth ‘Prime’ campus.
“This is another transformative milestone in the growth of our company to further expand our geographic diversity to the central region of the U.S.,” said Rob Roy, Founder and CEO of Switch. “To be strategically located alongside the Dell Technologies global headquarters is an opportunity to continue broadening our offerings of the world’s most advanced data center infrastructure to current and future Switch clients.”
Switch recently announced the purchase of Data Foundry for $420 million in cash. The acquisition has added sites in Austin and Houston tot Switch’s portfolio that can supply over 500,000 square feet and 60 megawatts.
Switch’s Texas technology campus ecosystem will be architected to supply over 2 million square feet and 185 megawatts of electricity once completed, thanks to the acquisition of this new acreage. In the summer of 2021, Switch plans to begin site preparation and permits at The Rock Campus. Switch will maintain its commitment to sustainability by using 100 percent renewable energy to power these sites.
“Since Dell was founded in 1984, we’ve seen Central Texas grow into a technology and innovation hub to the benefit of the entire community,” said Michael Dell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dell Technologies. “With this agreement, we welcome Switch to a wonderful neighborhood, and at the same time continue to expand our relationships with leading data center service providers.”
Switch, Dell Technologies, and FedEx previously stated that they are collaborating to build exascale multi-cloud edge infrastructure services to provide computing, storage, and networking to the network edge, allowing clients to overcome latency-sensitive application performance constraints.