Globalinx Data Center, LLC, headquartered in Virginia Beach, has agreed to purchase 10 acres of land for $2 million in the Corporate Landing Business Park from the Virginia Beach Development Authority. The company plans to develop a 138,000-square-foot international, carrier-neutral data center to provide connections for numerous fiber providers.
"The Globalinx Data Center will offer highly designed and resilient data center space options to a multitude of telecommunications content providers, social media, data center cloud solutions and data center operators desiring access to this new international connectivity point," said Greg Twitt, CEO of Globalinx Data Center, LLC. "The project is located on an excellent pre-vetted site near the newly announced Telefonica cable landing station. We have witnessed data center and technology growth in other markets with international connectivity points and believe the Globalinx Data Center will provide similar opportunities in the Virginia Beach area."
Companies are eager to stake a claim in Virginia Beach after announcements by Telefonica, Microsoft and Facebook to bring transatlantic fiber cables, the first in the Mid-Atlantic, to Virginia Beach in 2017 and 2018. MAREA, owned by Microsoft, Facebook and Telefonica, will bring the first ultra-high-speed data cable from Bilbao, Spain to Virginia Beach in the fourth quarter 2017. BRUSA, owned by Telefonica, will bring the second cable from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Virginia Beach in the first quarter of 2018. Additional cables are being planned, and additional announcements are pending.
"The world is taking notice of Virginia Beach, and we are prepared with the infrastructure, incentives and forward-thinking support to welcome big data users," said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris. "Corporate Landing and other sites in the city offer excellent opportunities for additional data center development. These projects are creating a new technology port and provide another direct connection to the rest of the world. Being the first international cable landing location in the Mid-Atlantic is a game-changer."
The Globalinx Data Center will be served by a 34.5 kV, three-phase primary underground distribution feeder with a nearby 115 kV transmission line in the Corporate Landing Business Park. The center will also offer multi-phase expansion capabilities.
Five 9s Digital of Charlotte, NC will handle the marketing and leasing of the project. The Five 9s Digital team has been in the data center industry since the late 1990s and has been involved in development, ownership and management of multiple mission-critical facilities from build-to-suit facilities to multi-tenant data centers. C. Cheney Cole, Jr., CCIM with S.L. Nusbaum represented the buyer in the transaction and will assist Five 9s Digital with local marketing and leasing efforts.
Corporate Landing Business Park is a Class A office, light industrial, research and business park developed by the Virginia Beach Development Authority. The park is a planned corporate environment with full infrastructure and shovel-ready sites. Major occupants include Green Flash Brewing Co., GEICO, Liberty Tax and JES/KBH. Additionally, Corporate Landing Business Park offers robust and low-cost energy through Dominion Virginia Power.
Telefonica is also in the process of building its cable landing station on a 3.5-acre site in Corporate Landing to support international fiber traffic for the new ultra-high-speed transoceanic telecommunications cables landing in Virginia Beach.
The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 450,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. It is recognized as one of the Best Run Cities in America by 24/7 Wall St. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2016 and is one of only 50 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. Virginia Beach is listed among the Top Five Overall Mid-sized American Cities of the Future, Top 10 for Economic Potential and Top Five for Infrastructure by fDi magazine. CNNMoney.com ranked Virginia Beach as the Easiest Place to Start a Business and the 2nd Most Business-Friendly City in the country. For more information, visit www.yesvirginiabeach.com.