Officials with CyrusOne gathered June 26 in far west San Antonio to break ground on a new 135-acre data center campus.

Stream’s move is the latest show of growth for San Antonio’s information technology and biotechnology sectors.

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According to a news release, CyrusOne's campus at West Military Drive and Loop 1604 will support up to five buildings and up to 1.5 million square feet of data center space, accommodating 200 megawatts of IT capacity at full build.

Construction of the first 300,000-square-foot building is underway and is scheduled for occupancy next spring. With this third data center campus in the San Antonio area, CyrusOne officials said they are reaffirming their commitment to meeting the increasing demands of hyperscalers in Texas and beyond.

Aside from CyrusOne, Microsoft Corp. is developing two data center sites and a third campus, all on the far westside. Other companies and organizations have data centers in the same area or elsewhere in San Antonio.

CyrusOne officials said their planned third data center campus includes an on-site 334-megawatt CPS Energy substation with access to data center hubs in the nearby Westover Hills neighborhood and Texas Research Park.

"We are thrilled to announce the construction of our latest hyperscale data center in San Antonio," said Paul Moser, CyrusOne's co-managing partner, in a statement. “We are a Texas-based company with a 25-year history of serving customers in the state’s major data center markets.”

Put in perspective

Leaders of other tech and biotech companies said their organizations have made recent strides toward expanding their respective footprint in San Antonio’s business community.

In May, officials with VelocityTX, a local nonprofit leading efforts to create an innovation district on the city’s near east side, gathered on May 16 to mark the grand opening of VelocityTX Co-Labs, a 5,000-square-foot facility that will offer community laboratory space for emerging bioscience companies.

VelocityTX bought the 5-acre site, the former, historic Merchants Ice building, in 2017 and renovated it to become an innovation hub for local biotech ventures.

Designed to provide affordable lab access for emerging entrepreneurs, the VelocityTX Co-Labs represent a milestone for the city’s life sciences industry, company officials and supporters said.

“This dynamic community lab space will not only serve as a catalyst for the development of life-saving medical innovations but also will drive new, high-paying jobs to the east side,” District 120 State Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, D-San Antonio, said in a statement.

A closer look

Advancing efforts in San Antonio’s life sciences industry, Alamo Angels, Texas’ largest network of accredited angel investors, announced on May 21 their second investment in local robotic prosthetics company Alt-Bionics.

Alamo Angels representatives said the investment coincides with the successful closure of a $1.1 million seed money round and helps with Alt Bionics officials' planned expansion into humanoid robotics.

Following Alamo Angels' initial investment in their company in 2021, Alt Bionics leaders said they have received recognition for their approach to design and manufacturing, including using 3D-printing technology to make progress in developing the company’s modular bionic hand.

Going forward

San Antonio’s cybersecurity also got a boost with NukuDo, a cybersecurity workforce development firm, recently launching its North American headquarters in San Antonio.

NukuDo offers candidates a six-month paid training program followed by direct employment for three years.

"Our model, proven in Asia, integrates training with employment, preparing candidates for immediate roles in securing digital infrastructures,” NukuDo CEO Dean Gefen said in a statement. "We are thrilled to replicate this success in North America, starting with San Antonio."

NukuDo’s first training class in San Antonio began in March and is accepting applications for the next class starting in August. This program provides a hands-on learning experience and employment opportunities in various forms of cybersecurity, company officials said.

Charles Woodin, CEO of Geekdom, the downtown-based coworking and startup venue where NukuDo operates its North American headquarters, called NukuDo a significant addition to the local cybersecurity ecosystem.

"Their innovative approach and desire to add value to San Antonio fits perfectly within the community found at Geekdom,” Woodin said in a statement.

Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, president and CEO of greater:SATX Regional Economic Partnership, said NukuDo’s decision to set up its continental headquarters in San Antonio shows its belief in a growing tech community.

"Despite competition from major cities like New York and Tampa, San Antonio emerged as the ideal choice. Our strong business community, diverse and skilled workforce, and effective cost of living make our region highly attractive,” Saucedo-Herrera said in a statement.