As long as the power grid can accommodate it, there seems to be no stopping the demand for high-speed data centers. Switch plans to more than double its Austin data center and build a new power substation. The current facility consists of a 290,000-square-foot building on 14 acres. The new plan calls for the facility to grow to 609,000 square feet on 30 acres. How much power will be needed for the expansion is unknown, but most data centers require between 100-300 MW to operate.
The Austin Business Journal reports the current 14-acre facility tract is valued at $102 million on tax rolls. Data Foundry formerly owned the current data center until it was taken over by Switch when they bought the company for $420 million a few years ago.
Skybox is building a billion-dollar data center campus in Hutto.
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