Compass Datacenters and Schneider Electric Partner in Red Oak to Build Prefab Data Center Infrastructure

The companies' 110,000 square-foot "integration facility" will be built adjacent to Compass' Red Oak campus, creating more than 100 jobs and enabling both companies to integrate their supply chain networks in response to data center business growth and customer demands.

Dallas-based Compass Datacenters and Schneider Electric, a global leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, are partnering to build a state-of-the-art integration facility in Red Oak to support the increasing demand for prefabricated modular data centers.

The 110,000 square-foot facility, adjacent to Compass’ Red Oak campus (above), will create more than 100 jobs and enable both companies to integrate their supply chain networks in response to data center business growth and customer demands. Red Oak is roughly 18 miles south of Dallas.

“This first-of-its-kind industry collaboration reflects the changing dynamics of data center supply chains and the competitive need for more tightly integrated vendor/supplier partnerships,” Compass Datacenters CEO Chris Crosby said in a statement. “The integration facility will assemble and deliver power centers for Compass facilities and will enhance our supply chain reliability, speed to market and delivery schedule integrity.”

Aamir Paul, North America president of Schneider Electric, sees the partnership as an example for others to follow.

“We are industry leaders because our manufacturing and integration facilities provide the space, technology, and agility to enhance production velocity while nurturing novel business models, such as this partnership with Compass,” Paul said in the statement. “This modern approach we’re pursuing supports both organizations’ goals and serves as a guidepost for vendor and industry partnerships others can follow.”

The cutting-edge facility is designed to integrate modular data center solutions and build pre-engineered, prefabricated IT infrastructure that will be delivered to Schneider’s customers across the U.S., the companies said.

Prefab IT infrastructure aims to optimize supply network

By accelerating production with an optimized supply network, Schneider said it can streamline the process, eliminate the upfront engineering and design work, and deliver quality finished solutions.

Schneider said this innovative model compounds the advantages of speed and cost savings, and will serve customers in all industries and segments, ranging from cloud and service providers to the healthcare, education, telecommunication, and mining industries.

According to global management consulting firm McKinsey, companies that regularly collaborated with suppliers demonstrated higher growth, lower operating costs, and greater profitability than their industry peers, the partners said.

Despite the improved efficiencies, the partners said that many businesses “struggled to integrate the approach into their overall procurement and supply-chain strategies.” They believe that demonstrates the growing need for Schneider Electric and Compass’ partnership model.

Compass Datacenters designs and constructs data centers for some of the world’s largest hyperscalers and cloud providers on campuses worldwide. It’s one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies.

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