The Silicon Valley of the East. Data Centre 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 centres currently operating and more being built every day, data centres 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 centres 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 centres 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.
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 centres and parcels of land ready for development to its stable. The Ashburn Corporate Centre (ACC) developed by DFT, features seven data centres 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.