The cloud needs more real estate. Hyperscale cloud operators are aggressively acquiring real estate, Recent transactions, like Microsoft’s purchase of 900 acres in Virginia, suggest that some of these server cities will reach colossal scale.
The subsea cable world is being disrupted by hyperscale cloud players, who are investing to reroute traditional undersea lanes to bring data traffic ashore near their giant data center campuses.
Google will build its own private subsea cable to manage data traffic between Europe and its huge cloud campuses in Northern Virginia, with potential benefits for Virginia Beach.
Telecom consultant ACA International has announced plans to invest $52 million to open a 130,000-square-foot data center in Virginia Beach, helping build momentum for the city’s cable landing station as a data center hub.
As hyperscale companies invest in subsea cables, cities like Virginia Beach see the opportunity to create a data center ecosystem around cable landing stations. It’s also boosting growth in a cloud cluster near Richmond.