While colocation may seem straightforward there are a lot of nuances that most people overlook. Checkout our Guide for colocation in Dallas to help you make the right decision.
Cologix has 2 facilities in Dallas. Their Carrier Hotel and their mission critical datacenter. Using either facility, you can reach AWS, Azure and Softlayer via Direct Connect. This would allow for a particularly robust multi-cloud setup with a colocated in-house cloud.
Our take. They are in the Informart building which gives them excellent access to networks. The specs on their 2 facilities puts them in the class of mission critical and so this is well worth checking out if you want mission critical colocation with connectivity out to the main public cloud providers.
1950 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207 (more info)
Databank offers 2 facilities in Dallas with a 3rd in the works. Databank builds mission critical facilities that can house serious workloads. Their DFW 2 facility has Open-IX certification.
Our take. We referred clients into Databank and they never seem to leave or want to leave. Their original datacenter was build out of an existing facility that had stringent security and power needs.
DFW1 - 400 S Akard St, Dallas, TX 75202
DFW2 - 904 Quality Way, Richardson, TX 75081
Equinix - Dallas
Equinix has 8 locations in Dallas. Equinix is most known for its amazing carrier connections and peering inside the data center. Businesses that require massive interconnections between various networks rely on Equinix to give them solid access. Major public cloud providers also are available through direction connections.
Our take. You are buying some of the best interconnected and mission critical colocation on the planet. They will certainly not be the cheapest of prices but you will get a solid value. No client, partner or investor can say you took the lesser alternative when it comes to colocation here. Specific to Dallas, you can do some interesting multi campus connections between the facilities since they are interconnected.
The Locations are:
DA1, DA2, DA3, and DA6 are all located on various floors of the InfoMart building located at 1950 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207.
DA4 - 2323 Bryan St, Suite 1400, Dallas, TX 75201
DA7 - 6653 Pinecrest Dr, Plano, TX 75024
DA9 - 2222 E Grauwyler Rd, Irving, TX 75061
DA10 - 1232 Alma Road, Richardson, TX 75081
Digital Realty Trust Dallas
Digital Realty operates mission critical facilities globally. Their acquisition of Telx expanded their already large footprint. In Dallas, they have 17 facilities which gives you plenty of choice.
Our take. You get much value for your IT spend with DRT. They offer flexibility in their power density which allows firms to save some money if they don't need high density computing environments. They feature excellent interconnection options and they have extremely robust power, network and support.
Rather than list all 17 facilities on our site, please refer to their page that covers all their Dallas properties.
Cyrus One offers datacenter and connectivity services with good flexibility when it comes to custom deployments.
Our take. They offer excellent capabilities and through their MegaPort connection can give you access to all the major cloud players should you want to employ a Multi-Cloud setup. They also offer 2N redundancy on power which isn't the norm in our N +1 world.
QTS is known for their mission critical and large facilities. They offer colocation and a full suite of managed services that include cloud, disaster recover and traditional managed hosting services.
Our Take: We've worked with QTS in the past and the clients we've helped choose QTS don't regret it. Having the full suite of services also means that you can get out of the self managing business and have someone else completely take over their environment. Their past acquisition of Carpathia hosting gave them even more management capabilities than before.
ViaWest has recently merged with Peak10 after also acquiring iNetU. They offer colocation, HIPAA compliant cloud and a full suite of managed services.
Our Take: The ViaWest product suite is well rounded and robust due to some strategic acquisitions. ViaWest has long held excellent datacenter properties in top markets. Peak10 offered robust facilities in smaller US markets while iNetU offered mission critical public and private cloud services with a specialization around HIPAA compliance.
Via1 - 1950 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas TX 75207
Via2 - 3500 E Plano Pkwy, Plano. TX 75074
Via3 - 3010 Waterview Pkwy, Richardson, TX 75080
Now that you know the colocation landscape in Dallas you can make sure you get the best pricing and terms by using our colocation buyers guide. It's a comprehensive 25 page document that is free to download and it will help you avoid some of the pitfalls of purchasing colocation services.
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