San Antonio is attractive market for data-center operators, study shows

 To regular readers of this blog, it is no surprise that I am interested in Data Centers – especially when it comes to placing them in San Antonio!

This study finds San Antonio to be a VERY good place for a data center – sure, maybe not the cheapest place – but over-all a great place.  We are a large city – we have professional sports, a damn fine airport and an almost honest cost of living!

A new report released this week by site-selection consulting group the Boyd Co. Inc. shows that San Antonio has some of the lowest data-center operating costs in the country.

It would cost a company about $11.7 million annually to operate a data center in San Antonio, which is less than Dallas at $12.8 million and Houston at $13.2 million.

The Boyd report analyzed the geographically variable operating costs that are most critical when corporations are deciding where to locate data centers, including skilled labor, corporate travel costs, land and construction costs, and taxes. The survey ranked 60 surveyed locations by operating costs.

Annual costs in the study range from $15.9 million for operating a center in New York to $11 million to operate a facility in Sioux Falls, S.D. Figures are based on the cost of a newly constructed 100,000-square-foot corporate data center with 100 employees.

As the study says, we’re also in a pretty safe part of the country:

The mid-continent region where Texas is located has a track record of attracting these types of facilities, Boyd says.

In San Antonio, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) is developing a high-profile data center at a cost of $900 million.

The mid-continental region also has relative insulation from natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, and two-hour fly-ins from either coast in case of a major disaster. In addition, Boyd says, land costs and operating costs tend to be more competitive in states like Texas.

San Antonio is attractive market for data-center operators, study shows – San Antonio Business Journal: