Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), a global provider of data center solutions among which colocation services and turn-key data centers for leasing purposes, plans to invest at least $150 million by 2015 in its Loudoun County, Virginia operation. The major investment will strengthen the company’s East Coast data center footprint.
Loudoun County, Virginia is one of the strongest data center markets in the region, with five million square feet of data center space clustered in Data Center Alley, and another three million square feet in development. Digital Realty Trust, with more than one million square feet of space, is the largest data center operator in Loudoun County. Their newest building is a 400,000-square-foot facility that will ultimately house 22 data centers.
Virginia’s governor Bob McDonnell explains that the abundant data center infrastructure in Virginia, as well as its Sales & Use Tax Exemption incentive for data center owners and their tenants, are major benefits that put Virginia at the forefront of this booming industry. The significant relief on computer equipment effectively lowers the total cost of ownership and operation Digital Realty and its customers.
Digital Realty’s 122 properties are located in 32 markets throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. The properties comprise approximately 22.7 million square feet, including 2.6 million square feet of data center space held for development.
The colocation services of Digital Realty include modular rack designs that allows for scalability from a single rack to a multi-rack system to a private cage. As part of its Colocation Services program, Digital Realty installs high density cabinets that are equipped with aisle containment systems segregating the cold air feed and hot air return in order to optimize the operating environment, while maximizing energy and cost efficiencies. Onsite customer service is available to provide onsite engineering support.