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RagingWire to invest $160 million in third Ashburn data centre

Tue 6 Dec 2016

U.S.-based operator RagingWire has announced the construction of another formidable data centre complex located in Ashburn, Virginia.

The announcement came at Gartner Data Center Summit in Las Vegas. The VA3 construction has estimated costs of $160 million, and will constitute the continuation of what will eventually become a 6-DC campus at Ashburn.

The most recent data centre to go online at the campus was VA2, a 140,000 square foot facility with 14 megawatts of high density critical power.

VA1 is located just outside Washington D.C., offering 290,000 square feet and currently anticipating the development of an extra 2 million feet. The founding facility operates 14.4 megawatts, and is largely devoted to wholesale and retail clients.

The new facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

RagingWire’s business prospects have been massively energised since NTT’s acquisition of the company – purchasing 80% – three years ago, a boost which quickly led to the establishment of VA1 and the Virginia campus.

Based in Nevada, RagingWire is a subsidiary of Japanese telecommunications company NTT Communications (itself a subsidiary of Japan’s largest umbrella telco, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation). The company also has a campus in Sacramento, California, nicknamed ‘The Rock’, currently a 3-DC site totalling 680,000 square feet, and boasting the lowest power running costs of any such operation in the state of California.

In 2013 RagingWire signed a lucrative Memorandum of Understanding with the State of Virginia in exchange for promised investment of $150 million. The MOU permits the company’s Virginia data centre customers to make use of the state’s sales tax exemption for the purchase of data centre infrastructure components and computer equipment.

Because of its excellent power provisioning – from Dominion Virginia Power – and its fortunate main route connectivity, Northern Virginia is considered to be the premier data centre location worldwide, though, as we can see, the entry costs are steep. But as governance becomes an increasing factor in cloud provisioning, business clearly sees that the road ahead is cloistered – and local.

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