A new Texas Tech data center that will open in downtown Houston is expected to be the biggest of its kind in the United States, with the cost of the project totaling $1.1 billion, the university said Friday.
The facility, located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, will be the largest data center of its type in the country and the second-largest in the world after the data center at the California Institute of Technology, UT-Austin said in a news release.
The new facility will be used to house an enormous amount of data, the company said.
It’s expected to cost about $6 billion, which UT-San Antonio said will cover the cost, including the construction of the facility, upgrades and maintenance of the data centers.
The university and the Texas Tech University System are teaming up to build the data centre.
UT-Texas said the $1 billion facility is the largest in the Texas system and is expected have a capacity of 100 million square feet, up from the current 50 million square foot capacity.
The Texas Tech campus, which will also house the university’s new Health Sciences Center, will have a total of more than 3,000 employees, according to the UT-Houston press release.
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The data centre is expected be completed by the end of 2018 and will house data from about 3.6 million university users.
“We are excited to bring this ambitious and unique project to Houston, Texas, where it will serve as a catalyst to transform the university community,” UT-Dallas Chancellor Robert N. Johnson said in the release.
The University of Houston’s Center for Advanced Computing will provide computing services and information technology support to the project.