CyrusOne recently announced the purchase of a 14-acre property in Sterling, Va., which the company plans to utilize as the site for its newest data center. The location is in the Loudoun Tech Center, part of an area referred to as Data Center Alley.
Plans for the new facility include a 400,000 square foot structure that will house as much as 240,000 square feet of raised floor space and 36,000 square feet of office space. The project is being completed in phases, the first of which will include the construction of a 124,000 square foot outer shell, 60,000 square feet of raised floor space and 15,000 square feet of office space. Once completed, the first phase will be able to support 12 megawatts of critical load, with additional plans for 48 megawatts in total throughout. The organization plans to have the first phase completed this year.
CyrusOne also noted that the Virginia facility will be a modular structure utilizing the company’s Massively Modular data center design strategy. The approach uses optimized building materials and energy resources delivered to meet the customer demands supported by the data center.
Addressing Customer Needs
The company made the announcement earlier this month, and noted that the new Virginia data center will be the first operated by CyrusOne specifically catering to the needs of East Coast clients. Gary Wojtaszek, company president and chief executive officer, said the data center site purchased in Virginia is the first step in expanding CyrusOne’s East Coast customer service footprint.
The new facility will also be connected to the CyrusOne National Internet Exchange, which provides clients with cost-efficient connectivity. The National IX virtually links a number of CyrusOne data center locations, including those in dense metropolitan sectors.
Wojtaszek noted that once online, the new Virginia data center will support the colocation needs of Fortune 1000 enterprises in the area. In addition to being a prime location to address client needs, CyrusOne was also attracted to the region due to the availability of new data center space and its best-in-class connectivity resources.
“Adding a world-class operator like CyrusOne to the many established companies in Data Center Alley is further evidence of the importance to Loudoun as a technology location,” said Scott York, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman. “Facilities like these highlight why Loudoun is primed to continue as a technology and data capital for the 21st century.”
CyrusOne’s 2013 Earnings
The organization also released its fourth quarter and full year earnings report for 2013 earlier this month, which shows considerable revenue growth that is poised to continue this year. Wojtaszek pointed out that a driving factor of CyrusOne’s success last year was the launch of the National IX platform interconnecting its data center facilities.
The report showed rising revenue levels in comparison with 2012, as well as growth in leasing activity. During the fourth quarter last year, CyrusOne leased a total of 47,000 square feet of data center colocation space, the equivalent of 7.3 megawatts of power.