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Switch to boost 185MW of data centre power in Texas, and even Michael Dell gives it a thumbs up

Construction will amount to over 1.5 million square feet of Tier 5 data centre space next to Dell's global headquarters in Round Rock.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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June 02, 2021 | 8:45 AM BST

Exascale technology infrastructure operator Switch, Inc. (NYSE: SWCH) has announced the primary location of its Fifth Prime data centre campus in Texas.

The land purchase agreement with Dell Technologies will allow Switch to construct over 1.5 million square feet of Tier 5 data centre space next to Dell’s global headquarters in Round Rock, Texas. The Fifth Prime campus will be called “The Rock.”

Switch has recently announced the acquisition of Data Foundry, with properties capable of delivering over 500,000 square feet and 60MW in Austin and Houston.

With the addition of this new land, Switch’s Texas technology campus ecosystem will be architected to provide over 2 million square feet and 185MW of power upon completion.

Switch expects to begin site preparation and permitting at The Rock Campus in the summer of 2021 with the facilities powered by 100% renewable energy.

Switch’s founder and CEO Rob Roy said: “This is another transformative milestone in the growth of our company to further expand our geographic diversity to the central region of the US.

“To be strategically located alongside the Dell Technologies global headquarters is an opportunity to continue broadening our offerings of the world’s most advanced data centre infrastructure to current and future Switch clients.”

Dell Technologies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell, said: “Since Dell was founded in 1984, we have seen Central Texas grow into a technology and innovation hub to the benefit of the entire community.

“With this agreement, we welcome Switch to a wonderful neighbourhood, and at the same time continue to expand our relationships with leading data centre service providers.”

Switch, Dell Technologies and FedEx have previously announced that the companies are working together to develop exascale multi-cloud edge infrastructure services to bring compute, storage and connectivity to the network edge and help customers overcome performance barriers for latency-sensitive applications.

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