Overland Park, Kansas (January 22, 2015) – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing providers of data center facilities and cloud services and a leader in security and compliance, continues to lead the data center industry with their investment in infrastructure-rich facilities including QTS’ mega data center in Dallas-Fort Worth. The QTS facility, a former semiconductor plant constructed in 1996, is structurally reinforced and purpose built to withstand natural and manmade disasters.
QTS purchased the site in 2013 and opened the mega data center in October 2014. Constructed with more than 240 million pounds of concrete and 20 million pounds of steel, the building is hardened by structural steel columns and concrete pillars that descend 90 feet into the ground directly into bedrock – isolating the building from movement. The facility is rated to exceed tornado and hurricane level straight winds.
“This facility’s inherent structural integrity played a large role in our decision to make it the site of QTS Dallas-Fort Worth, and our expert construction team worked for almost a year to bring it up to our facility standards by further strengthening it,” said Travis Wright, Site Director – Dallas, QTS. “As our newest facility to come online, this location exemplifies our proven approach to building infrastructure-rich, world-class data centers that give our customers peace of mind.”
The facility is designed and built as a 100 percent concurrently maintainable data center and provides reliable, uninterrupted power provided by an on-site 140MVA dual-fed substation. QTS Dallas-Fort Worth houses custom data center rooms ranging from 25,000 to 27,000 square feet, located in data halls designed to be seismically isolated from the exterior, which includes a 31-inch poured-in-place reinforced concrete waffle deck. Customers have been occupying Phase I of the facility since its October grand opening.
QTS is known as a leader in customer data security, and that focus extends to its own business continuity and disaster recovery protocols that address a myriad of potential crises that could befall a mission critical facility and details the response procedures for each. The QTS Dallas-Fort Worth facility did not suffer any structural damage or disruption of service to customers resulting from a recent cluster of seismic activity in North Texas.
“We take organizational resilience very seriously at QTS. Our experts have created well-defined and documented protocols and procedures that allow our fully trained staff to effectively and efficiently respond to everything from typical data center operational events to natural disasters and more,” said Wright.
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services and a leader in security and compliance. The company offers a complete, unique portfolio of core data center products, including custom data center (C1), colocation (C2) and cloud and managed services (C3), providing the flexibility, scale and security needed to support the rapidly evolving hybrid infrastructure demands of web and IT applications. With 12 data centers in eight states, QTS owns, operates and manages approximately 4.7 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art data center infrastructure and supports more than 850 customers. QTS' Critical Facility Management (CFM) can provide increased efficiency and greater performance for third-party data center owners and operators. For more information about QTS, please visit www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.