Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

Google has purchased two prime land parcels in Loudoun County, Virginia and plans to build data centers at the sites, the company confirmed today. The move signals that Google is ready to step up its cloud capacity in the world’s largest data center markets, where rival Amazon Web Services is rapidly expanding its footprint.

The decision to build data centers in Northern Virginia marks a shift in strategy for Google, which has previously leased wholesale data center space in the region. It also means a continued cloud computing boom for Northern Virginia, which has seen a burst of data center leasing and land deals, as data center developers lay the groundwork for the next phase of cloud growth.

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