Data Centers

Industry Overview

As a critical network access point since the early days of the internet, Virginia plays a key role in supporting today's global Internet traffic. Virginia hosts prominent commercial internet exchange points and has been one of the most active data center markets in the country. Virginia's critical IT infrastructure provides a foundation for the Web-enabled services of tomorrow.

Virginia's Data Center Industry

  • More than 650 data processing, hosting and related establishments are located in Virginia employing approximately 13,900 people
  • Seventy percent of the world’s internet traffic passes through the Metropolitan Area Exchange East, located in Ashburn, Virginia
  • Since 2006, over 6,600 new jobs and investment of over $11.8 billion have been announced in Virginia's data center industry
  • To view the complete Data Center Industry Profile, click here

Key Companies

  • Amazon
  • Bank of America
  • Capital One Financial Corporation
  • CoreSite
  • CyrusOne
  • Digital Realty Trust
  • Dollar Tree
  • DP Facilities
  • DuPont Fabros

  • Equinix
  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • OVH
  • Quality Technical Services (QTS)
  • Sabey Data Centers
  • Terremark
  • U.S. Federal Government

Assets/Virginia Advantages

  • The Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation that large data center facilities that meet certain requirements could be eligible for a Sales & Use Tax exemption on qualified data center equipment.
  • Northern Virginia is one of the strongest data center markets due to its historic status as a key intersection for communications networks and proximity to Washington, D.C.
  • Virginia offers a wealth of excellent power, water, telecommunications and other business infrastructure resources necessary to succeed in today's global economy. Many large companies have located major facilities and backup operations in Virginia because of the state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure and dependable electric utilities.
  • Virginia is one of the most connected states in the nation with access to a robust fiber network that matches or exceeds virtually every domestic market and most major financial centers around the world.
  • Mid Atlantic Broadband owns and operates over 1,800 route miles of fiber optic network in southern and southwestern Virginia. The MBC open-access fiber network provides carrier-class optical transport services. In addition, MBC operates a long-haul fiber network for optical transport to key peering hubs, carrier neutral data centers, and carrier interconnection points.
  • In 2015, the average cost per unit of electricity for the commercial sector was 7.9 cents in Virginia, compared to 10.7 cents for the nation.
  • Fourteen commercial airports serve Virginia; nine are located in the state, including two of the nation's largest- Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National.



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