Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

ASHBURN, Va. – In the data center business, proximity matters. That’s why data centers are clustered around key Internet intersections.

In Northern Virginia, the key metric in data center location is “distance to Equinix” – meaning the interconnection hub just off Loudoun County Parkway, where more than 200 networks exchange traffic. There’s no property closer to Equinix than the campus of the Christian Fellowship Church (CFC).

The church’s 22-acre property on Beaumeade Circle is next door to the Equinix campus in the heart of “Data Center Alley.” It also shares a border with the DuPont Fabros Technology (now Digital Realty) ACC development, which houses six huge data centers filled with servers for Facebook, Microsoft and Apple.

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