Houston – Houston-West I

Houston, Texas

CyrusOne’s Houston-West Campus Strategic Position Sustained No Damage To Equipment

CyrusOne’s Houston West data center is located 20 minutes west of downtown Houston just off Beltway 8 between I-10 and 290. It is strategically positioned with access to significant and redundant utility power feeds and access to the fastest and most reliable telecommunications networks, as it is located along a major fiber corridor in Houston.

5150 Westway Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77041
Phone: 855-564-3198

Houston West I – Highlights

  • Overview
  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Security
  • Sustainability

  • 162,000 sq. ft. data center / 112,000 colo square feet (CSF)
  • SSAE 16 (SOC I type II), PCI DSS (sec 9 & 12), HIPAA, ISO 27001, FISMA
  • CyrusOne Facilities are designed to meet TIA-942 requirements for electrical and mechanical.
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) capable, supports 250 watts per square foot with the ability to support over 1,000 wpsf
  • Efficient, divisible floor plates
  • Extra layer of physical security including hurricane shutters, extra diesel on-site, outside of flood zone
  • Carrier-neutral, as well as dark-fiber connectivity option
  • Part of CyrusOne National IX
  • 100% uptime service level agreement on power
  • 24×7 staffed NOCC and remote hands support
  • Dedicated cages and private suite options available
  • Oil and gas, as well as healthcare and medical colocation options
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) system; sampling air in parts per million coupled with a zonal dualaction interlocking dry-pipe system
  • Centrally located to dozens of hotels, restaurants and other amenities.

  • 42-inch raised floor design
  • Utilizing Stultz 70-ton CRAH units with electronically communicated (EC) variable-speed fans
  • Highly efficient multiple EPAK 500 ton chillers with fast restart and adaptive controlled microprocessors
  • Ability to scale as density increases
  • Redundant water feeds with 70,000 gallon on-site storage tank and city well

  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) system; sampling air in parts per million coupled with a zonal dualaction interlocking dry-pipe system
  • 28MW of critical capacity
  • Multiple levels of redundancy available within same footprint (e.g. N, 2N)
  • 300kVA dual input PDUs with automatic transfer switches
  • Dual input PDUs with static transfer switches
  • Scalable 2.25 MW Detroit Diesel dedicated generators pre-wired for additional capacity
  • 3,300 belly tank each plus an added 6,000 gallon external tank for every two generators

  • Reinforced physical structure including concrete bollards, steel-lined walls for security, and bullet resistant glass
  • Video surveillance and recording of the exterior and interior
  • On-site security guards 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Man traps, revolving entrance doors; biometric and key card (color coded) security for rigid access control
  • Cabinet and cage security options include individual locks and biometric scanners

  • Centrally located to dozens of hotels, restaurants and other amenities.

  • Features
    • Water Free Cooling (AKA Low Water All-Star, Water Conservation Hero, Drought-Friendly Cooling)
    • LEED/Energy Star Certification
    • Renewable Energy Used
    • Renewable Energy Available

 

  • Reporting
    • Water risk (now, 2030, 2040)
    • Carbon intensity (trends over time)
    • Grid renewables (trends over time)

 

  • LEED Silver Certified: In 2009, this facility was certified for LEED Building Design & Construction under the Core and Shell standard.

 

  • CyrusOne Zero Water Consumption Cooling: No water is consumed to cool this facility (such as water towers or evaporative cooling).  Minimal amounts of water are used for humidification and facility maintenance. This facility uses highly efficient chillers, variable frequency drives, and energy-efficient CRAH units to achieve high efficiency air-cooled chilling.  An average US data center of the same size typically consumes over 1 million gallons of water per month to cool them.

 

  • Regional Water Risk: The Houston area faces a medium-to-high risk of water supply disruption, which is expected to worsen to High Risk in the future.  Unlike many other data centers, CyrusOne’s Houston – West I facility does not use water for cooling and is therefore insulated from regional water risk, both current and future.
Water Risk and Use Now 2030 Projection 2040 Projection
Regional Water Risk Medium to high risk High risk (3-4) High risk (3-4)
CyrusOne Water Use Zero Consumption Zero Consumption Zero Consumption

(Risk assessment and projections based on WRI Aqueduct Tool)

 

  • Regional Grid Greenhouse Gasses: How much greenhouse gas does this facility’s local electrical grid emit while generating electricity?  (Useful for Location-based greenhouse gas reporting)
Greenhouse Gasses 2004 2007 2012 2016
Lbs CO2/MWh 1421.0 1252.6 1143.0 1009.2
  • The carbon-intensity of the grid has improved about 2.3% points per year over the last 12 years of published data. Reported by the US EPA eGRID for the ERCOT subregion (ERCT).

 

  • Regional Grid Renewables: What percentage of this facility’s local electrical grid is from renewable sources (wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal)?
Grid Renewables 2004 2007 2012 2016
Percent from renewable sources 1.3% 2.7% 8.6% 14.5%

This has been increasing about 1.1% points per year over the last 12 years of published data.  Based on US EPA eGRID data for the ERCOT subregion (ERCT).

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Military-Grade Physical Security

The hardened facility is outside the FEMA 500 year flood plain and features a reinforced roof and concrete walls. The Houston West data center facility boasts significant physical security features including perimeter fencing, dual authentication, biometric access systems, and 24×7 security guards. It also incorporates CyrusOne’s sophisticated building management systems designed to proactively monitor all of the mechanical and electrical systems in the building.

CyrusOne’s Houston Data Center Built to Exceed

CyrusOne’s Houston West data center campus is the largest digital energy campus for the oil and gas industry in Houston and a geophysical center of excellence for seismic exploration computing. With the healthcare industry forecasted to see 800% growth in data storage over the next 5 years, the Houston data center is built to scale. Two new buildings have brought the site to nearly 1,000,000 square feet.

The Houston West data center is expected to meet Platinum LEED certification standards by optimizing energy, which can pass along considerable operating expense saving to customers.

The Nation’s First National Internet Exchange

With CyrusOne’s National IX, customers can configure a virtual on-net platform from a multitude of carriers and providers, allowing optimal flexibility and interconnection with anyone at any connected facility and to the cloud.

As part of CyrusOne’s National IX platform, this Houston data center provides interconnection to other CyrusOne data centers in Texas and beyond.