Data Center

Northern Virginia

Why Northern Virginia?

Northern Virginia is home to the largest data center market in North America.

The largest data center market in North America continues to be the premier choice for data center facilities due to its proximity to major population centers, abundant connectivity, affordable and reliable power, favorable tax incentives, and talent pool. With the world’s largest concentration of cloud computing infrastructure, Ashburn is a strategic interconnection hub for the Eastern U.S., and a major gateway to Europe. 

Northern Virginia, often referred to as “Data Center Alley,” attracts a broad range of customers and requirements, from the standard-density enterprise all the way up to the highest-density hyperscaler. The region has the highest prevalence of dark fiber in the world, offering low-latency connections to the national fiber network backbone. Aerospace, cloud, financial, government, social media, software, technology, and telecommunications companies have all staked claims in Northern Virginia’s data centers.

Northern Virginia’s power costs are competitive among major colocation markets and the state has established a sales tax exemption for data center customers through 2035. The Northern Virginia data center market also benefits from a low risk of natural disasters with its inland location and limited seismic threat. 

According to CBRE, Northern Virginia is the most active data center market, with net absorption more than triple that of the next highest market.

IAD-01 Data Center Facts

26 Acres
370,000 Sq. Ft.
60 MW

IAD-01 Data Center

21890 Uunet Drive, Ashburn, VA

  • Completed in 2019
  • 26-acre campus
  • Private, dedicated data center suites
  • Concrete slab-on-grade and structured steel
  • ASCE 7 occupancy category IV
  • Data hall FM-120 and office FM-90 roof lift ratings
  • Wind importance factor of 1.15
  • Two bays with delivery platform and equipment trap
  • Dedicated office space for rent
  • Shared conference rooms and drop-in office pods
  • 24x7x365 accessibility
  • Industry-leading PUE

Security & Fire Protection

  • 8’ Impasse steel security fencing with laser intrusion detection
  • Five-layer security design
  • Card reader access
  • 24x7x365 on-site security guards
  • Multiple checkpoints: mantraps, dual authentication (biometrics and RFID badge readers)
  • Event-driven IP video surveillance and visual light-based alerts
  • Separately zoned data halls
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA)
  • Dual interlock pre-action system

Connectivity & Power 

  • Two diverse points of entry, per build
  • Carrier-neutral
  • On-net: Cogent, Crown Castle, Lumen, PacketFabric, SummitIG, Verizon (VCT & VCB), and Zayo
  • Near-net: AquaComms, BT, Colt, Deutsche Telecom, GTT, Hurricane Electric, NTT, PCCW, Tata, Tennebris Fiber, TeliaSonera, major exchanges in NoVA, and many more
  • Less than one mile from 21715  Filigree Court Carrier Hotel
  • Major fiber thoroughfares within ~100 feet of facility
  • Seamless build process for carriers not already built in
  • Diverse meet-me-rooms and fiber entrances with dark fiber and lit services available
  • Diverse and dedicated substations: expandable to 240MW
  • Concurrently maintainable UPS
  • N+2 power generation
  • Redundant A+B distribution
  • Revenue-grade metering

Sustainability

  • Delta Cube cooling technology leveraging less water and less power than traditional systems
  • 100% renewable energy available
  • 100% of IT load matched with renewable energy sources
  • Industry-leading PUE, WUE, and CUE
  • Reclaimed water for mechanical plant

Cooling

  • Our hot aisle containment strategy absorbs heat at its source, 
  • supporting standard and high power densities, 
  • allowing you to scale vertically and horizontally without stranding capacity
  • Configurable to client needs (N, N+1, 2N)

Compliance

  • System and Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 and SOC 1 Type 2
  • PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA /NIST 800-53, and ISO 27001:2013

IAD-01 Data Center Photos

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IAD-02 Data Center Facts

26 Acres
513,000 Sq. Ft.
120 MW

IAD-02 Data Center

21821 Uunet Drive, Ashburn, VA

  • Completed in 2020
  • 26-acre campus
  • Expandable to 120 MW
  • White space square footage: 283,023 sq. ft.
  • Building square footage: 438,460 sq. ft.
  • Private, dedicated data center suites
  • Concrete slab-on-grade and structured steel
  • Two interconnected multi-tenant buildings
  • ASCE 7 occupancy category IV 
  • Data hall FM-120 and office FM-90 roof lift ratings
  • Wind importance factor of 1.15
  • Two bays with delivery platform and equipment trap
  • Dedicated office space for rent
  • Shared conference rooms and drop-in office pods
  • 24x7x365 accessibility
  • Industry-leading PUE

Security & Fire Protection

  • 8’ Impasse steel security fencing with laser intrusion detection
  • Five-layer security design
  • Card reader access
  • 24x7x365 on-site security guards
  • Multiple checkpoints: mantraps, dual authentication (biometrics and RFID badge readers)
  • Event-driven IP video surveillance and visual light-based alerts
  • Separately zoned data halls
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA)
  • Dual interlock pre-action system

Connectivity & Power 

  • Two diverse points of entry, per build
  • Carrier-neutral
  • On-net: Cogent, Lumen, PacketFabric, SummitIG, Verizon (VCT & VCB), Windstream, Zayo
  • Near-net: Aqua Comms, BT, Colt, Deutsche Telecom, GTT, Hurricane Electric, NTT, PCCW, Tata, Tennebris Fiber, TeliaSonera, major exchanges in NoVA, and many more
  • Less than one mile from 21715  Filigree Court Carrier Hotel
  • Major fiber thoroughfares within ~100 feet of facility
  • Seamless build process for carriers not already built in
  • Diverse meet-me-rooms and fiber entrances with dark fiber and lit services available
  • Diverse and dedicated substations: expandable to 240MW
  • Concurrently maintainable UPS
  • N+2 power generation
  • Redundant A+B distribution
  • Revenue-grade metering

Sustainability

  • Delta Cube cooling technology leveraging less water and less power than traditional systems
  • 100% renewable energy available
  • 100% of IT load matched with renewable energy sources
  • Industry-leading PUE, WUE, and CUE
  • Reclaimed water for mechanical plant

Cooling

  • Our hot aisle containment strategy absorbs heat at its source, 
  • supporting standard and high power densities, 
  • allowing you to scale vertically and horizontally without stranding capacity
  • Configurable to client needs (N, N+1, 2N)

Compliance

  • System and Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 and SOC 1 Type 2
  • PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA /NIST 800-53, and ISO 27001:2013

What’s Inside

Cooling Infrastructure

Aligned’s flexible, efficient cooling technologies enable densities of 3 to 300 kW per rack.

Power Distribution

Flexible, modular equipment designed for hyper-scalability, resiliency and 100% uptime

Sustainability

Ultra-efficient, rapidly deployable infrastructure with renewable power options

Operational Excellence

Customer-driven team,
offering remote hands assistance for enterprises

Customer Portal

Real-time visibility and control
of your infrastructure

Security and Compliance

Multi-layered physical security
and stringent data protection standards

IAD-02 Data Center Photos

IAD-03 Data Center Facts

10 Acres
430,000 Sq. Ft.
72 MW

IAD-03 Data Center: Confidential Build-to-Scale Project

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Security & Fire Protection

  • 8’ Impasse steel security fencing with laser intrusion detection
  • Five-layer security design
  • Card reader access
  • 24x7x365 on-site security guards
  • Multiple checkpoints: mantraps, dual authentication (biometrics and RFID badge readers)
  • Event-driven IP video surveillance and visual light-based alerts
  • Separately zoned data halls
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA)
  • Dual interlock pre-action system

Sustainability

  • Delta Cube cooling technology leveraging less water and less power than traditional systems
  • 100% renewable energy available
  • 100% of IT load matched with renewable energy sources
  • Industry-leading PUE, WUE, and CUE
  • Reclaimed water for mechanical plant

Cooling

  • Our hot aisle containment strategy absorbs heat at its source, 
  • supporting standard and high power densities, 
  • allowing you to scale vertically and horizontally without stranding capacity
  • Configurable to client needs (N, N+1, 2N)

Compliance

  • System and Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 and SOC 1 Type 2
  • PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA /NIST 800-53, and ISO 27001:2013

IAD-03 Data Center Photos

Location

IAD01 – 21890 Uunet Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147
IAD02 – 21821 Uunet Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147