Tuesday, October 17, 2017

138,000 sqf data centre to be built at end of Microsoft, Facebook, Telefonica’s subsea cable

Virginia Beach builds on the MAREA cable project to drive its telecommunications and data centre business forward.

Where cables land, data centres are built and this time a new 138,000 sqf data centre has been announced for Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The facility will be built by Globalinx Data Center, LLC, headquartered in the city, following the acquisition of 10 acres of land for $2m in the Corporate Landing Business Park from the Virginia Beach Development Authority.

The data centre’s main functionality will be to provide connections to fiber providers and telecommunications content providers, social media, data centre cloud solutions and data centre operators.

The Globalinx Data Center will be served by a 34.5 kV, three-phase primary underground distribution feeder with a nearby 115 kV transmission line in the Corporate Landing Business Park. The centre will also offer multi-phase expansion capabilities.

marea-cableThe hub was propelled by the transatlantic fiber cable currently being built by Telefonica, Microsoft and Facebook between Virginia Beach and Bilbao, Spain. The 6,600 Km cable is expected to come online in Q4 2017.

A second cable, by BRUSA owned by Telefonica, will connect Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Virginia Beach in Q1 2018. Additional cables are being planned, and additional announcements are pending.

Greg Twitt, CEO of Globalinx Data Center, LLC, said: “The project is located on an excellent pre-vetted site near the newly announced Telefonica cable landing station.

“We have witnessed data centre and technology growth in other markets with international connectivity points and believe the Globalinx Data Center will provide similar opportunities in the Virginia Beach area.”

Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris, said: “The world is taking notice of Virginia Beach, and we are prepared with the infrastructure, incentives and forward-thinking support to welcome big data users.

“Corporate Landing and other sites in the city offer excellent opportunities for additional data centre development.

“These projects are creating a new technology port and provide another direct connection to the rest of the world. Being the first international cable landing location in the Mid-Atlantic is a game-changer.”