Launching DCX, targeting high-density sites for AI workloads

Cabinets inside a DCX data center unit in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo: DCX)

DCX is a new brand in the data center industry, targeting the evolving requirements of high density computing. But the founding team behind DCX is among the most experienced in the digital infrastructure sector.

DCX Led by George Solisman, who once again collaborates with his brother Bill to create a commercial business centre. The Slessman brothers have been leaders in data center design and operations for over two decades in their careers at IO Data Centers, Baselayer, and the Downtown Phoenix Technology Exchange.

Their next project is coming out of stealth mode today with DCX Goodyear 1, a new facility in the Greater Phoenix Market that will host artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications.

“We are focused on a niche market in mission-critical computing,” said George Solisman, CEO of DCX. “These are data sets designed for ultra-high-density computing. We have built a unique data center service at DCX that meets the needs of our target users today and in the future.”

Goodyear 1 is located in Goodyear, a submarket of Phoenix that houses a growing portfolio of data centers, including a new Microsoft cloud area.

DCX operates on a six-acre campus, with two online suites supporting up to six megawatts of power. The site can rapidly expand to 12 megawatts and six private datasets. Each dataset provides from 700 kW to 1 MW of capacity and features a dedicated critical infrastructure, including UPS, generators, and waterless cooling systems.

The first client is already installed and running in a modular data center designed by HP. Slessmans has pioneered IO’s modular data center design, designing and building prefabricated, factory-designed IT containers. DCX will offer customers the option of a modular design or a traditional data hall.

Designed for the next generation of infrastructure

DCX will be among a small number of infrastructure providers focused on the High Performance Computing (HPC) co-location, which have historically been hosted at universities or private facilities operated by the US Department of Energy. More companies Seeking to harness artificial intelligence To make their hardware and services smarter, adopt powerful hardware that runs faster than traditional CPU-based servers.

“This is built for the next generation of infrastructure,” said George Selman. “We’ve heard from researchers and other high-performance users. This is the data center location service they’ve always needed. DCX allows our customers to focus on what they want and what they need to focus on: their research and their results.

“We engineered risk and uncertainty,” Selman said. “We protect critical research from the risks found in most large-scale communal hosting facilities, where everything – including power, cooling and connectivity – is an interconnected and interconnected risk.”

Data center modules are in phase one of DCX Goodyear 1, a new project from DCX.  (Photo: DCX)

Data center modules are in phase one of DCX Goodyear 1, a new project from DCX. (Photo: DCX)

He said DCX will offer a range of support options, including a fully managed solution that can operate on a “lights out” basis. “The end user doesn’t even have to visit the data center if they don’t want to. The remote management tools are very good now.”

Infrastructure operations will be overseen by TBL Mission Critical LLC, where managing partner Sameer Shah is also an IO and BaseLayer alumni.

Looking beyond the hyperscale sector

DCX charts a different path than many newcomers in the data center sector, who have typically purchased or built platforms seeking to support superusers such as Meta, Google, Microsoft, or Amazon Web Services.

“The data center sector has become very, very large,” said George Solisman. “Everyone is very focused on super users, and we’ve really left behind the customer base we’ve built in the past. They use the public cloud for some things, but for other workloads they want a dedicated infrastructure. In marginal uses like HPC, there’s no obvious advantage to moving to the cloud.”

Potential customer groups include:

  • College and university research teams.
  • Research teams from the private sector in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, science, and
  • Advanced HPC and AI/ML projects in large organizations and government agencies.

Although these applications may not run on the cloud, they often strive to be close to the cloud. DCX plans to expand into other regions of the United States, including the Midwest and East Coast. In each case, the DCX infrastructure will seek to converge to large cloud pools, providing fast direct connections from DCX’s high-density data processing applications to commodity resources on cloud platforms.

Designed for the next generation of infrastructure

In the western United States, it was the right location new Year, Which is about 20 miles west of downtown Phoenix. Microsoft has acquired 420 acres of land in Goodyear to support two data centers, and Amazon Web Services has also purchased land in the city. At least four other data center developers have ongoing projects at Goodyear.

“We are delighted to have such an important resource here in our community,” said Goodyear Mayor Joe Pizzelo. “Goodyear and our region have become a hub for technology and research, and DCX is a great addition to Goodyear’s burgeoning technology sector. We are delighted to welcome such a wonderful provider of these services.”

Slessmans’ first data center project was the Downtown Phoenix Technology Exchange, the original “carrier hotel” interconnection facility in the Phoenix Market. The brothers collaborated with CEO Tony Wanger and private equity firm Sterling Partners on business development, which was Acquired by Digital Realty in 2006 for $175 million.

In 2007, Slessmans again collaborated with Wanger to create IO data centers, which became the first driver in building massive data centers, as well as developing a modular data center design. In 2014, IO separated from Baselayer to handle the development of data center modules and management software. After building a global network, IO was purchased by Iron Mountain in 2017 for $1.3 billion.

Slessmans is now back in the data center segment with DCX, which will be part of a larger platform for tech companies focused on artificial intelligence.

“We look forward to evolving with the demands of the AI/ML High Performance Computing data center to make DCX the number one provider for users and the important work they do,” said George Solisman. “There is a bit of a mission to this for me. I really think the United States needs to invest more in its high-performance computing power. That kind of capacity doesn’t magically spring out of the ground when you need it. I would look back 10 years later and see that we deployed hundreds of Petaflops are from the capacity that American researchers use to advance important work. These are important things.”

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