An illustration of the planned CyrusOne data center in Herndon, Virginia, where the company has bought 14 acres of land. (Image: CyrusOne)

CyrusOne Commences Construction in Ashburn

Data center services provider CyrusOne has broken ground on its new data center in the Loudoun Tech Center in Sterling, Va. The company plans to build a 400,000 square foot, 48 megawatt facility on the site.

The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in October, and includes a 124,000-square-foot shell with 60,000 square feet of raised floor space, 15,000 square feet of office space, and 12 megawatts of critical load. CyrusOne expects to construct new data center space at an average cost of about $7 million per megawatt over the life of the facility.

“This new data center will enable us to more effectively serve our growing customer base on the East Coast,” said Tesh Durvasula, Chief Commercial Officer of CyrusOne. “We’re very excited to expand our footprint to Northern Virginia in order to meet existing customer demand for space in the region.”

Northern Virginia is home to one of the world’s largest clusters of data center real estate. Loudoun County is already home to 5.2 million square feet of space in more than 50 existing data centers, with another 1 million square feet of space under construction.

“We are delighted that a global colocation leader such as CyrusOne has chosen Loudoun County and northern Virginia to build their first east coast data center,” said Bob Blue, president of Dominion Virginia Power. “This is the culmination of years of concerted and focused effort between Dominion’s economic development team and CyrusOne to locate a facility that meets the business needs of CyrusOne, while ensuring that there will be a robust supply of reliable electric power available.”

CyrusOne has a footprint of 1 million square feet of space in 25 data centers across the United States, Europe, and Asia, with much of its capacity concentrated in Texas, Ohio and Phoenix.

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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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