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    [EN] Virginia Beach to get $2 billion data center park at new cable landing


    Facebook and Microsoft will partner with Telefonica International Wholesale Services USA Inc., which announced earlier this month that it plans to build the first transoceanic fiber cable station in the Mid-Atlantic at Corporate Landing Business Park off General Booth Boulevard, photographed in Virginia Beach, Thursday, May 26, 2016


    Stacy Parker
    Mar 15, 2017

    Amsterdam-based NxtVn will spend $1.5 billion to $2 billion to build a hub off General Booth Boulevard to attract companies that seek high-capacity connections from the U.S. to Europe.

    The company also plans to invest in a third trans-Atlantic high-speed data cable – Midgardsormen – that would link Virginia Beach to a data center park in Eemshaven, Netherlands.

    So why Virginia Beach?

    The city will be the only landing point on the mid-Atlantic coast for transoceanic cables, and there’s a new demand for data centers because of them, said Economic Development Director Warren Harris. Such a hub would include buildings that house computer servers where large amounts of data are stored, providing faster internet speeds.

    The first phase of development near Corporate Landing Business Park could start by the end of the year and include roughly 1.4 million square feet of buildings. It could grow and become one of the largest on the East Coast.

    NxtVn would lease out space in the data center park to other businesses and would handle the licensing, permitting and zoning. Power and connectivity to the high-capacity fiber would be in place.

    “Companies would then plop servers into that footprint,” Harris said.

    Large data centers for technology or trading firms could employ between 50 and 100 people, and companies could open business offices nearby. The park could also house an internet exchange service, which would facilitate connectivity for internet service providers, said Khaled Sedrak, CEO of NxtVn.

    “It will be a catalyst for the economy,” Sedrak said.

    In March 2016, Spanish telecom giant Telefónica announced plans to connect Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza, Brazil, to Virginia Beach with the BRUSA underwater cable. In May 2016, Microsoft and Facebook announced plans to build MAREA, a new 4,000-mile-long cable that would run under the Atlantic Ocean and connect Bilbao, Spain, to Virginia Beach.

    “I’m thrilled to have such powerhouse partners working with us,” Mayor Will Sessoms said Wednesday in his State of the City speech.

    Over the past two years, the Virginia Beach Broadband Task Force has laid out steps that appeal to technology-driven companies, including advancements to a high-speed fiber optic network connecting municipal buildings and laying a fiber ring across the city, said Councilman Ben Davenport, chair and founder of the task force.

    “We have worked with Dominion Virginia Power to make sure all power requirements could be met at these sites, which is very important because these data centers are huge power users,” said Davenport, who said that when NxtVn was told about the task force’s work on the fiber network, “this sealed the deal.”

    http://pilotonline.com/business/virg...8b5d1725c.html

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    L. Todd Spencer | The Virginian-Pilot



    L. Todd Spencer | The Virginian-Pilot



    L. Todd Spencer | The Virginian-Pilot


    Cables are being placed underground along General Booth Boulevard near South Birdneck Road, March 14, 2017, part of the transoceanic fiber cable connections that are coming to Virginia Beach, Virginia

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    Telefonica USA data center: end of the line for 7,000-mile fiber cable from Spain


    Construction under way: Telefonica USA will operate a data center on Corporate Landing Parkway, adjacent to the Green Flash Brewery


    Eric Hodies
    Feb 27, 2017

    What is going to be built on the land behind the Green Flash Brewery, on Corporate Landing Parkway? — Randy Bristow

    A data center on that 3.5-acre lot will be the terminus for a 7,000-mile transoceanic fiber cable from Spain.

    Telefonica USA will operate the 21,239 square foot facility that will allow for faster phone, data and Internet transmission, according to Robert Hudome, senior project development manager for the city’s Economic Development Department. The one-story building will have four levels of back-up power, including electrical, two diesel generators and battery.

    Construction of the center will be complete in “the October/November time frame,” Hudome said.

    The building at 1914 Corporate Landing Parkway has the potential for an 8,000 square foot expansion. A cable from Brazil will arrive at the facility in 2018.

    “We’re the first city in the mid-Atlantic to receive a cable of this type, so it takes Virginia Beach into a brand new industry,” said Hudome. “We look for it to spur further development.”

    http://pilotonline.com/news/local/ar...e39d80968.html
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    ICYMI: Marea


    MAREA will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic – featuring eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160Tbps. The new 6,600 km submarine cable system, to be operated and managed by Telxius, will be also the first to connect the United States to southern Europe

    Frank Rey | Director, Global Network Acquisition, Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations
    May 26, 2016

    Today we’re excited to announce the latest step in our global cloud infrastructure as Microsoft and Facebook announce plans to build “MAREA” – a new, state-of-the art subsea cable across the Atlantic. The new MAREA cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers. The parties have cleared conditions to go “Contract-In-Force” with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.

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    MAREA will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic – featuring eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160Tbps. The new 6,600 km submarine cable system, to be operated and managed by Telxius, will also be the first to connect the United States to southern Europe: from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain and then beyond to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. This route is south of existing transatlantic cable systems that primarily land in the New York/New Jersey region. Being physically separate from these other cables helps ensure more resilient and reliable connections for our customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.

    Microsoft and Facebook designed MAREA to be interoperable with a variety of networking equipment. This new “open” design brings significant benefits for customers: lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which leads to faster growth in bandwidth rates since the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation. This is critical to ensure the Microsoft Cloud continuously improves to provide the highest availability and performance our customers need for their mission-critical workloads and data.

    Microsoft and Facebook are working with Telxius, Telefónica’s telecommunications infrastructure company, building upon their longstanding experience in subsea cables on this innovative new system. Telxius will serve as the operator of the system and sell capacity as part of their wholesale infrastructure business.

    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/...ross-atlantic/

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