Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CyrusOne breaks ground on large Virginia data centre

Site in Sterling is the company’s fifth in the state.

Colocation company and data centre REIT CyrusOne has announced it has initiated the construction of a 654,000 sqf facility in Sterling, Northern Virginia, US.

The hub being built at the 40 acre Kincora property purchased earlier this year, is the company’s fifth in the region.

Upon completion, CyrusOne’s new data centre will have direct access to one of the largest fiber hubs in the United States as well as offer interconnectivity to the CyrusOne National Internet Exchange (IX) to reach other CyrusOne locations across the country.

The data centre is being targeted at cloud and enterprise companies since “its design can support high-performance computing ranging from 250 watts per square foot (wpsf) to over 900 wpsf”.

It is estimated that up to 70% of U.S. Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County in Northern Virginia.

Kevin Timmons, chief technology officer at CyrusOne, said: “The start of construction on the Northern Virginia Sterling V data centre is another major milestone for CyrusOne.

“Our rapid expansion in Northern Virginia is indicative of the growing need for our hyper-speed and hyper-scalable data centre solutions.

“We pride ourselves on building large scale data centres at record speeds and look forward to expanding our services quickly while also continuing to make major investments in Loudon County.”

Last month, CyrusOne also started construction of a second facility in its Aurora, Illinois campus aimed at the financial sector.

The new data centre will add to the company’s already existing hub – Aurora I – and comes as demand for IT services soar in the region.

The company said customers sitting in the data centre will be able to use the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Globex platform, a global electronic trading system.

CyrusOne operates 35 carrier-neutral data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia.