Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller,

Loudoun County Prepares for Next Phase of Cloud GrowthASHBURN, Va. – With another surge in cloud growth looming, local officials in Loudoun County, Virginia are laying the groundwork for the data center industry’s next phase of growth. It’s an acknowledgement that the current building boom – which includes a 650,000 square foot data center building – won’t satisfy the demand for more cloud capacity.

“Over the next couple of months, we will be releasing 43 new data center sites,” said Buddy Rizer, the Executive Director for Economic Development in Loudoun County. “We’ve done a deep dig and worked with all the land owners in Loudoun County to identify these sites. We have land.”

The expanded inventory of potential development sites is a response to a data center construction boom in and around “Data Center Alley,” a section of Ashburn adjacent to the Equinix data center campus, the meeting point for many major networks. Of the top 10 data center sites Loudoun County identified last year, seven are either committed or under construction.

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