Why Frederick County, Maryland?
With industrial zoning, access to significant power capacity, and close proximity to Ashburn’s internet ecosystem, Frederick County, Maryland is an attractive and strategic alternative to Northern Virginia.
Master-planned for four multi-story data center facilities, Aligned’s Frederick County hyperscale campus is part of Quantum Loophole’s 2,100-acre, environmentally friendly “clean cloud community.” The campus offers efficient design for sustainable power and water use, investments in robust fiber connectivity, and ample availability for future development.
Located just 20 miles from the center of Ashburn, Virginia’s interconnection ecosystem in Loudoun County (about the same distance to Manassas), Quantum Loophole’s Frederick County site not only provides the equivalent of Virginia’s sales and use tax exemption associated with data center infrastructure and servers, it also takes advantage of Maryland’s exemption of personal property tax on certain data center infrastructure and servers.
Quantum Loophole’s planned custom fiber build, QLoop, will connect the Frederick County site to Loudoun County, Virginia via an ultra-high count fiber optic cable system, enabling automatic cross connections and fully redundant regional fiber connectivity capable of sub-millisecond latency between the two counties. This aspect could prove significantly beneficial to hyperscale, colocation and enterprise data center owners and operators.