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Which Plano Data Centers Offer the Best Mission Critical IT Facilities?

Which Plano Data Centers Offer the Best Mission Critical IT FacilitiesPlano has been voted the safest city in America, the wealthiest city in the U.S. and the best place to live in America by CNN Money Magazine. It is also a hotbed for data center companies, serving some very well-known companies headquartered in the area including:

  • Dell
  • Frito-Lay
  • Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • Capital One Financial Services


When evaluating Plano data centers, some of the considerations in deciding on the best facilities include:

  • Physical security and data security procedures and equipment
  • Availability
  • Value added services such as Network Operations Centers, office spaces, conference rooms
  • Scalability and flexibility of services and facilities
  • Resiliency against natural disasters

Here are three top Plano data center facilities and some of their strengths which have made them successful.

T5 Data Center

The T5 Data Center in Plano is only three years old, however it has been quite successful in providing services and winning positive reviews. The T5 Data centers are built for wholesale data center services and have two separate buildings just north of Dallas.

Data center clients can set up shop in a T5 facility quickly and even set up their own data center services to provide to their own clients. There are technical staff on site in the T5@Dallas Network Operating Center twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week to ensure availability, security and scalability of services to meet demand.


InterNap’s Dallas data center in Plano provides a full complement of colocation, dedicated, and fully managed hosting services. It was part of a high profile acquisition by data center and real estate acquisition giant Carter Validus in 2012.

The InterNap facility was built in 1986 and transformed into a state of the art data center in 2011. InterNap also offers Public and Bare Metal Cloud services, which are a unique combination of colocation and cloud services.

InterNap is about a third of the size of the T5@Dallas Data Center at 55,000 square feet. With telecommunications carrier flexibility, energy efficient design, and a customer portal for remote management, the InterNap data center earns high marks for innovation and customer value.

TierPoint Texas

The TierPoint data center in Plano was built as a data center in 2000, which makes it the oldest pure data center of the three. It also offers a variety of carrier options, 68,000 square feet of raised floor space for server cabinets and cabling infrastructure. TierPoint offers a range of colocation, managed, and cloud services.

In September, they expanded their Texas services offerings to include their “Cloud 2.0 Service” which is a hybrid cloud offering in collaboration with partners such as Cisco, VMWare, NetApp, and Fortinet. The Cloud v2.0 service helps colocation companies to either transition to cloud, or keep some colocation services running and have other IaaS cloud services as well.

The “Silicon Prairie” area of Plano, Texas is home to a number of great colocation, managed hosting, and cloud service providers. These service providers have a number of successful clients in their backyard, however they are also contracted by companies worldwide to provide reliable, secure, and scalable technology services.


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