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Aligned Data Centers is building a 10-acre data center campus in Sterling

The Texas data center company is bringing a 10-acre campus to the area, which will host 72 MW of power.

A rendering of the new data center in Sterling, Virginia.

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A few years after finishing its Ashburn, Virginia project, Texas-based data center provider Aligned Data Centers is bringing yet another data center to NoVa.

The company announced Tuesday that it would build a second data center campus in Sterling. Two new buildings will go up on the 10-acre campus, which is part of Data Center Alley in northern Virginia, for the company’s “hyperscale” customers. Hyperscale data centers are those which can be scaled and expanded as more resources are added without requiring additional cooling, power or space.

The first facility on the campus, IAD-03, is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2023. The four-story, 72-megawatt facility will be 430,000 square feet in size. According to Aligned, the new center will be located on fiber and conduit routes for high-capacity use. It will also feature 24/7 security personnel and multi-layer security such as mantraps (tragically, not a “Mission Impossible”-style booby trap) and dual-factor authentication.

The facility will also feature Aligned’s Delta Cube technology, which uses a series of fans, a chilled water loop and heat removal tech to keep saves cool and saving on energy, water and space to operate.

“Speed-to-market, scalability and sustainability have long been considered ground zero for hyperscale customers, and Aligned’s unmatched ability to successfully navigate strategic site selection challenges such as power and land constraints, supply chain issues and energy efficiency and sustainability requirements is critical to meeting these needs, ” said Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned, in a statement.

Aligned was last in Virginia for its build in Ashburn. In 2019, it completed the first phase of its data center in six-and-a-half months before completing phase two nine months later. At the time, the company said it also worked on expanding and building new campuses in Utah and Chicago, Illinois.

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