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Globalinx Joins Virginia Beach Data Center/Submarine Cable Gold Rush PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:01


Globalinx Data Centers confirmed a new, three-phased data center campus in close proximity to the Telxius Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Virginia Beach. The Telxius Cable station is down the street on Corporate Landing Parkway and close to the General Booth Blvd NXTVN Data Center Campus.

Globalinx’s data center campus comprises initially of Phase-I, located in the Corporate Landing Business Park at 1632 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach. The facility is a 10,750 square-feet facility built upon a private 11.5-acre campus. The data center is equipped with high-capacity space for network carriers, subsea operators, enterprises and hyperscale providers to colocation their networking equipment in a secure location and interconnect in the building Meet-Me-Room (MMR). The facility offers direct access to multiple subsea cable systems and terrestrial networks, and has access to more than 30MWs of scalable critical power provided by Dominion Energy through two independent substations. Corporate Landing Business Park has been officially certified as a data center site by Dominion Energy.

“By building a carrier-neutral colocation facility in Corporate Landing Park, Globalinx is providing a platform essential for facilitating interconnections between subsea capacity and terrestrial fiber networks,” said Warren Harris, Director of Economic Development Board of City of Virginia Beach. “This further advances our goal of making Virginia Beach a truly ‘Digital Port’ city, and will help attract additional subsea projects to Virginia Beach for true diversity from the subsea cable systems in the New York-New Jersey region.”

The progressive data center design offers multi-phase expansion capability.  On the heels of this Phase-I announcement, Globalinx has also commenced the design and planning work for Phase-II.  Once completed, the Globalinx Data Center Virginia Beach campus will encompass more than 150,000 square feet of colocation data center space offered with variable power densities to meet customers’ requirements.

Virginia Beach Submarine Cables

Virginia Beach Virginia Council members approved a plan to lease property at Camp Pendleton for the transoceanic cable landing point and to extend fiber conduit. In return, the city’s Department of Public Works will provide $1.3 million in water and sewer upgrades to the state-owned Oceanfront military reservation, which provides training facilities for National Guard units.

In 2016 Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership with Telefonica who was building undersea cables connecting Brazil and Spain to the mid-Atlantic United States through a landing point in Virginia Beach. Telefonica will open a data center in Corporate Landing Business Park in 2018. Telxius’ parent company, Telefonica, owns the second cable and is laying it between Brazil and Virginia Beach with the goal of it being ready by the third quarter of 2018.

Virginia Beach will sublease portions of the Pendleton property to the private companies to recoup the cost of utility upgrades. After that, 75 percent of the sublease payments will go to the state, according to terms of the lease.

Data Centers

NxtVn will spend $1.5 billion to $2 billion to build a hub off General Booth Boulevard to attract companies that seek high-capacity connections from the U.S. to Europe. NxtVn was established in 2013 with a vision of creating a worldwide network of interconnected data center parks. The company has already started developing a site in Halli, Finland, as well as one in Eemshaven, the Netherlands – however the information on the progress of individual projects is not readily available, with the website currently ‘under construction’.

The company also plans to invest in a third trans-Atlantic high-speed data cable – Midgardsormen (Serpent) – that would link Virginia Beach to a data center park in Eemshaven, Netherlands.

The city will be the only landing point on the mid-Atlantic coast for transoceanic cables, and there’s a new demand for data centers because of them, said Economic Development Director Warren Harris. Such a hub would include buildings that house computer servers where large amounts of data are stored, providing faster internet speeds.

The first phase of development near Corporate Landing Business Park on General Booth Blvd could start by the end of the year and include roughly 1.4 million square feet of buildings. It could grow and become one of the largest on the East Coast.

NxtVn would lease out space in the data center park to other businesses and would handle the licensing, permitting and zoning. Power and connectivity to the high-capacity fiber would be in place.

Large data centers for technology or trading firms could employ between 50 and 100 people, and companies could open business offices nearby. The park could also house an internet exchange service, which would facilitate connectivity for internet service providers, said Khaled Sedrak, CEO of NxtVn. “It will be a catalyst for the economy,” Sedrak said.