Origianlly posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller,

SHBURN, Va. – Data center operators in Northern Virginia leased 270 megawatts of capacity in 2018, more than doubling the previous record for annual absorption, according to a new report from Jones Lang LaSalle.

More than 80 percent of that volume was leased by hyperscale operators, the huge cloud and social media companies that have driven data center deals in recent years.

The epic activity in Northern Virginia accounted for 55 percent of all data center leasing nationally, according to Allen Tucker of Jones Lang LaSalle, who shared the 2018 leasing data in a keynote talk Thursday at the CAPRE 2019 Data Center Forecast East in Ashburn. Just four years ago, Northern Virginia represented about a quarter of national leasing.

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