When it Comes to Dallas, We Go Way Back

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It may count as old news that Equinix has expanded in Dallas, since we announced it a couple days ago. But we at the Interconnections blog are still buzzing about it.

We’ve got a lot of affection for Dallas at Equinix. We go way back with the city, all the way to our company’s first years. Dallas has always made sense for Equinix because it’s at the center of a lot of things, and we’re not just talking about U.S. geography.

Major breakthroughs in Dallas put it in the middle of computing history. The Dallas area is also a transportation hub, a communications center and a tech center. It’s a proven place for growth.

Our new facility in Dallas, called DA6, will offer more than 60,000 of the 230,000 square feet of colocation space we’ll have in Dallas. We now have five data centers in Dallas, as many or more than in any of our 32 metros worldwide, except New York, Silicon Valley and Washington.

Dallas’s prominence as a technology center predates Equinix’s arrival by more than 40 years. Back in the 1950s, the area was known for its cotton industry. But a new business was emerging when Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments invented the microchip and shrank the cost and size of computers.

Also in the 1950s, Collins Radio moved much of its defense communications business to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Together, Texas Instruments and Collins Radio created the area’s first cluster of technology businesses.

Over the coming years, that cluster grew and expanded as related businesses popped up and workers broke off to start something on their own.

The geographic centrality of Dallas has long been one of region’s major draws, whether the city was connecting businesses on either coast by cable or highway. New York and Silicon Valley are each about 1,400 miles from Dallas, for instance, and the city is also less than 3½ hours by air to all of the major North American business centers.

By the 1990s, a particularly dense concentration of thousands of regional technology firms had taken root in the Dallas area and had its own trademarked nickname, the Telecom Corridor. In the meantime, the entire Dallas/Fort Worth area was expanding economically. Today it includes 18 Fortune 500 companies.

Equinix built its first data center in Dallas in 2000. It was just the fourth data center in the entire company, and it played a critical role in the establishing the U.S. Internet infrastructure. We’ve since grown (Equinix has 100 data centers worldwide), and our presence in Dallas has grown with us. We continue to invest in Dallas’s present because we’ve always believed in its future.

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