Google Cloud Platform (GCP), a cloud service provider, today announced that it has opened its new Dallas cloud region, known as us-south1, which has 3 availability zones. With this new cloud region in Dallas, Texas, Google Cloud now has 34 regions open globally, including 2 in the central United States (Dallas, Texas and Council Bluffs, Iowa) and 11 in North America.
With Google Cloud’s new region in Dallas, Texas, customers will gain added capacity and the flexibility to distribute workloads across the United States, enhancing availability and business continuity.
Google Cloud – Locates in Southern Suburbs of Dallas
In 2018 and 2019, Google purchased hundreds of acres of land in Dallas’ southern suburbs of Midlothian and Red Oak, Texas. By early 2021, Google had opened the first phase of its $600m data center in Midlothian, Texas, which is located ~25 miles southwest of Dallas. Similarly, Google, through the entity Alamo Mission, LLC, has made a commitment to invest $600m into its Red Oak, Texas data center – the location of which is below:
As shown above, Compass Datacenters is also developing significant data center capacity, on adjacent land parcels to Google, in Red Oak, Texas. Specifically, Compass’ campus resides on 165 acres of land and has the potential to offer up to 252 megawatts of power capacity.
Presently, Compass’ Red Oak DC1 facility is a 6-megawatt data center and the first of 16 facilities to be built on the campus. To-date, Compass has already secured a large hyperscale requirement (potentially Google) on this campus.
Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) in Texas
Beyond Google Cloud, many of the major cloud service providers (CSPs) have existing deployments or are developing new cloud regions in the State of Texas:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS): while AWS does not currently have a cloud region in Texas, public planning documents indicate that the company is building three data centers in the San Antonio area. Additionally, AWS has purchased a 9-acre site, south of Dallas, in Desoto, Texas for the purposes of data center development
- Microsoft Azure: South Central US (San Antonio) cloud region, known as southcentralus, has 3 availability zones and was launched in 2008. Additionally, Microsoft Azure’s US Gov Texas (Austin) cloud region, known as usgovtexas, has 1 availability zone
- IBM Cloud: Dallas cloud region, known as us-south, has 3 availability zones
Multi-Tenant Data Center (MTDC) Operators in Dallas
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas is the fourth largest data center market in the United States, with over 500 megawatts of commissioned power capacity held by multi-tenant data centers (MTDCs). Key data center operators catering to large hyperscale requirements in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas market include Digital Realty, CyrusOne, QTS Realty, Compass Datacenters, NTT Global Data Centers, and STACK Infrastructure.