Ashburn, Virginia is home to a number of data center locations and is considered the data center capital of the world. Highly connected, roughly 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic runs through the state. With the state’s continued dedication to local economic development and investment to supporting internet infrastructure growth, Virginia will remain at the epicenter in the years to come. The data center alley in the northern part of the state around Ashburn and Loudon County is world-famous, but the infrastructure for data centers extends across the state. Hyperscale data centers are discovering the many advantages of expanding their footprint in Virginia by building new data center facilities in the pro-business communities of Southern Virginia, or SOVA.
SOVA, with its high-density fiber, affordable data center power consumption, and highly qualified people, provides the perfect location for data centers to thrive. SOVA offers an exceptionally low cost of living and low operational costs in comparison to the northern part of the state and surrounding states which is one of the main reasons a number of data centers are relocating in Virginia. SOVA also has an abundance of favorable site options with abundant space to expand. Sites are extremely affordable and range from build-ready land to shell buildings to buildings waiting to be rehabilitated. On top of favorable tax advantages for data centers, Southern Virginia truly offers the ideal location for data centers looking to establish an East Coast home base that is accessible to the data center clusters in Virginia and North Carolina.