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Ashburn Expansion Taking Shape

Jon Litvany, Sales Director
November 7, 2017

The Silicon Valley of the East. Data Center Alley. Whatever name you like to use, Northern Virginia’s Loudoun County has become known as one of the most connected regions in the world. With more than 70 data centers currently operating and more being built every day, data centers take up over 14 million square feet in the county alone. Every day, up to 70% of the world’s internet traffic flows through this region.

Digital Realty’s scale is most visible in Ashburn, a market that is an ideal location to store and distribute data. Digital Realty’s collection of Northern Virginia data centers comprises one of the county’s most actively connected areas and thanks to two exciting expansions, this area is set to become even busier. The first Northern Virginia expansion is currently being built in Ashburn, in the form of a new 36 megawatt facility called Building L. The first 6 megawatts of IT load in the building was delivered in October of 2017. Our recent merger with DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) also means we have added seven data centers with 190 megawatts of capacity

Let’s take a closer look at Digital Realty’s recent growth in Loudoun County.

Our previously existing campus in Ashburn, VA is one of the busiest groups of properties in our portfolio. Because of its close proximity to critical industries like government and healthcare, as well as major metro areas like Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, this already-busy data hub is only becoming more important to not only our business, but the industry and the economy in general.

The world’s densest collection of fiber networks is situated directly below our Ashburn, VA campus. Because of this and the factors discussed above, it has always been an area that we have targeted for additional growth. The facility that is going up right now is called Building L. It will be the first of eight data centers at Digital Loudoun III, a 238-acre campus that will boast 2.46 million square feet of data center space and support 205.2 megawatts of IT load. Building L will be the largest data center in our global portfolio to date.

For the exact same strategic reasons discussed above, Ashburn was also a key market for DFT before our merger. That means that, now that the deal has been closed, Digital Realty is able to add several additional data centers and parcels of land ready for development to its stable. The Ashburn Corporate Center (ACC) developed by DFT, features seven data centers with 190 megawatts of capacity. Meanwhile, from the parking lot of Building L, you can see ACC 10, a 15 megawatt facility that is now under construction. Two additional parcels of land are also ready for development, with an estimated 26 megawatts available.

We could not be more excited about our merger with DFT and the expansion of our footprint in Northern Virginia that it has precipitated. To learn more about the merger, read this note from CEO Bill Stein and make sure to stay tuned to the blog for more news from Digital Realty.