CoreSite, Latisys Expand in Northern Virginia

The server hall of a data center operated by CoreSite, which is expanding its data center space in northern Virginia.

Data center builders continue to bring new capacity online in the active northern Virginia market. Last week both CoreSite Realty and Latisys announced projects to expand their data center operations in Reston and Ashburn, respectively. The expansions are among a number of new projects will provide a welcome supply of data center space in a  market where demand continues to exceed supply.

In its fourth quarter earnings, CoreSite (COR) said that it has commenced construction on 52,286 square feet of  data center space at its 12100 Sunrise Valley Drive facility in Reston. The company said it will invest an estimated $30.5 million in the expansion, and expects to complete the space in phases during the second and third quarters of 2011.

The expansion space has an anchor tenant, managed hosting provider ServInt, which said last week that it has leased half a megawatt of capacity in the  expansion space.  “This significant expansion of our data center resources will help us ensure ample capacity for ongoing and future growth,” said ServInt CTO Matthew Loschert. “We selected CoreSite’s Reston facility for our expansion because it provides best-of-breed connectivity, energy efficiency, power redundancy and environmental sustainability. We consider it to be the best-positioned data center in Northern Virginia.”

Meanwhile, Latisys has announced a significant expansion to its Ashburn, Virginia data center campus that includes 14 megawatts of additional power and 26,000 square feet of new, available raised floor space. Latisys, which provides managed hosting and colocation services, says it is new space can scale to an average of 220 watts per square foot and also tie customer infrastructure seamlessly into the company’s disaster recovery solutions.

“We continue to see customers express the need to ensure built-in expansion capacity to meet their own internal growth while also retaining the flexibility to keep pace with the evolution of compute, storage and network technologies” said David Haskell, Washington, D.C. Regional Sales Director, Latisys. “By implementing high density power and cooling capacity, and delivering a flexible data center-as-a-service offering to enable larger private and public sector entities to meet evolving IT requirements, customers can eliminate scalability and reliability issues.”

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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