How big is the new Rackspace Headquarters?

BIG. 18 pictures stitched together make for a large image (but shrunk down to about 4MB if you want to click on it).

This used to be the largest mall in San Antonio, I think.  Robert Scoble of FastCompany.TV toured it (and I was lucky enough to go along) a couple weeks ago.  His videos should be up soon.  Some of the photos I took today might be in that video.

I went out and shot over 150 still pictures today (I walked all the way around this thing in motorcycle boots – 1.3 million square feet is huge).  Motorcycle boots because a) it was wet and drizzling a bit, b) I rode my motorcycle, and c) I knew it was an active construction site and I needed proper footwear).

Just the one "small" section behind the trees in this photo above is the old Montgomery Wards store. It is framed in yellow here:

This should give you some sense of the scale – at least if you have ever been in a Montgomery Wards in a major mall.  Huge footprint.

Rackspace expects to have 5,000 workers in this building in the next couple of years – and tens of thousands of servers.

But don’t worry about parking – there are a LOT of parking spots – almost the entire parking lot on the right of the photo is two story (the other parking is underground).

It took me almost an hour to walk all the way around this thing and get every part of it in pictures.

This sucker is giant.

I can’t wait until Rackspace grows into it!


  1. patrick says:

    Windsor was not actually the biggest mall in San Antonio. close though.

  2. @Jay – that’s true. And in some places, I think they are even making it three stories (to fit the power equipment). Hopefully I’ll be able to see it after they get moved in. They have some really cool plans for making it the hub of high-tech in San Antonio.

  3. You left out the fact that most of this building is two stories.

  4. @Brad – I have a number of clients with servers on Rackspace and have been very happy. Of course, everything can get better – so if you see something that doesn’t make sense, or that you don;t like, Tell Rackspace! They really do listen.


  5. Wow, very cool! We just setup a new dedicated server with Rackspace and I’m working on moving our sites over to it. So far they they have had great customer support! Looking forward to seeing the performance increase once I get everything moved over.

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