VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Crews broke ground Wednesday on a $80 million hyper-scale data center facility in Virginia Beach.
The facility will feature 31,000 square feet of state-of-the-art data centers. It’s a site that’s a cable landing station and a data center facility that will eventually be built in two phases.
With the center, companies will be able to rent out the data space that will be built here to store their company’s data.
A PointOne Development Corporation team was at the groundbreaking Wednesday with Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer, and they shared their vision of what this site will be.
Tim Shaheen, PointOne’s chief revenue officer, said, “We see Virginia Beach as a great opportunity, with all the sub-sea infrastructure landing here, to place a good bet and house a data center here to move content closer to the end user.”
“We’re coming into a new era here in Virginia Beach were welcoming the data industry it’s an opportunity,” said Mayor Bobby Dyer.
Dyer is talking about the two new 31,000 square feet of state of the art data centers with cable landing station capability.
If you’re wondering what companies use data centers, here’s how Shaheen described it.
“Social media companies, streaming services they’re going to be placing their infrastructure, their servers, computer equipment in our facility. It’s a custom built facility to serve strictly those types of companies,” said Shaheen.
Basically companies can rent the space in these centers out.
“A data center is a place where all content you watch at home, you view online, all the guts online is housed in the data center,” Shaheen said.
Mayor Dyer talked about how this benefits the city.
“This is going to be a plethora of opportunity to start those new businesses and create business opportunities and employment opportunities,” Dyer said.
We asked Shaheen how these centers impacts those living here.
“Folks at home using the content or accessing the data, it will be a better user experience for them as well,” he said.
Phase 1 should be completed in fourth quarter of 2019. The second phase will start in July of this year and be completed in the first quarter of 2020.