Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

ASHBURN, Va. – There’s a new colossus rising along Loudoun County Parkway. The massive data center is the first building on Digital Realty’s new expansion campus in Northern Virginia’s “Data Center Alley.” The two-story structure will support 36 megawatts of IT capacity, making it the largest data center the company has ever built.

The project, known as Building L, is the first of eight data centers planned for Digital Loudoun III, a 238-acre campus spanning some of the most connected real estate in the country. The company’s site plan envisions 3.7 million square feet of data center space, supporting 324 megawatts of IT capacity.

The immense new campus reflects the ambitions at Digital Realty, which reached new heights yesterday as the company completed its $7.8 billion acquisition of rival DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT). The deal combines the two largest players in the market for wholesale (“plug and play”) data center space.

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