Ascent has announced the launch of its latest data center facility in the Dallas market. Available immediately, the standalone space, known as Ascent DAL1, is designed to provide the highly flexible and scalable data center infrastructure necessary for enterprises in the growing Dallas-Fort Worth region while offering hardened building construction, capable of withstanding EF5 tornadoes. 

With active developments in other markets, including downtown and suburban Chicago, Ascent is now bringing its expertise to Dallas — an area under threat by severe weather and in need of highly secure, impenetrable facilities to run data center operations and provide business continuity. Ascent’s DAL1 facility is highly secure and can withstand environmental threats including EF5 tornadoes with up to 360 mph winds — it is outfitted with 15 in. reinforced concrete walls, 13.5 in. reinforced concrete roof, and 8,000-lb blast door at the dock area to name a few attributes.

“Texas has been hit hard with severe weather, including heavy rainstorms, hail and tornadoes recently. This is the perfect time for us to bring our enterprise class hardened facility to the market, which, with its EF5 hardening, is much more secure and reliable than standard facilities," said Phil Horstmann, CEO of Ascent. "Dallas is a premier data center market and our hardened facility offers a different type of product that is well suited as a primary data center site for enterprise end-users as well as businesses seeking disaster recovery and continuity solutions in the Midwest. With our team’s ability to move quickly and deploy to the customer’s specifications, we can provide flexibility and capacity to accommodate companies with short term capacity needs and long term growth potential." 

Now available for lease, DAL1 is rack-ready and offers the ability for customization and expansion to meet customers’ technical, financial, security, and operational requirements.  DAL1 spans 4.3 acres and is equipped with 2.7 MW of critical power with the ability to expand up to 7.2 MW. Strategically located in the Dallas suburb of Plano, the data center is highly connected with multiple fiber providers. The building has three diverse paths for fiber access, providing multiple points of entry for connectivity.