Plano 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:
- 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
- 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 the strengths that 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. Technical staff are on site in the T5@Dallas Network Operating Center twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week to ensure service availability, security, and scalability to meet demand.
InterNap’s Dallas data center in Plano fully complements colocation, dedicated, and fully managed hosting services. It was part of a high-profile data center and real estate acquisition giant, Carter Validus acquisition 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, 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.
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, " a hybrid cloud offering in collaboration with partners such as Cisco, VMWare, NetApp, and Fortinet. The Cloud v2.0 service helps colocation companies either transition to the cloud or keep some colocation services running and have other IaaS cloud services.
The “Silicon Prairie” area of Plano, Texas, is home to several great colocation, managed hosting, and cloud service providers. These service providers have several 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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