Northern Virginia – Sterling IV Data Center

Sterling, Virginia

Leading-Edge Data Center Convenient Located in the Sterling Campus

Located at 511 Shaw Road, CyrusOne’s 130,000 square feet data center built on a 10 acre lot. Designed to CyrusOne’s power, cooling, and security standards, the facility offers up to 12.6 Megawatts (MW) of power.

The facility is about 5 miles away from Dulles International airport and 4 miles from CyrusOne Sterling facility.

The Sterling building will feature robust connectivity options with high bandwidth and high-availability circuits, and a number of metro and long-haul networks. The facility will be well suited for Fortune 1000 companies that require robust data center infrastructure for mission-critical applications and want to locate in an area that is generally free from natural disasters.

No detail was overlooked in designing and building a data center that meets the needs of today’s global businesses. Key capabilities include:

  • High-density configuration.
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery. Expansive office or work area recovery space is customizable to meet unique requirements of our clients for dedicated office suites linked to critical IT operations.
  • Mission-critical data center. The data center’s infrastructure combines multiple levels of technology and security, resulting in no single point of failure. The location is ideal for primary production systems backup and the synchronous data replication requirements of mission-critical applications.

22811 International Drive
Sterling, VA 20116

Northern Virginia – Sterling IV – Highlights

  • Overview
  • Sustain-ability

  • 128,715 square feet
  • 12.6 MW power
  • CCTV Camera System 24×7
  • Biometric & Photo Badge Access
  • Excellent Fiber Connectivity
  • Seismic Zone 1
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) system;sampling air in parts per million coupled with a zonal dual-action interlocking dry-pipe pre-action system
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) system;sampling air in parts per million coupled with a zonal dual-action interlocking dry-pipe pre-action system

  • CyrusOne Zero Water Consumption Cooling: No water is consumed to cool this facility (such as water towers or evaporative cooling).  Minimal amounts of water are used for humidification and facility maintenance. This facility uses highly efficiency chillers, variable frequency drives, and energy-efficient CRAH units to achieve high-efficiency air-cooled chilling.  An average US data center of the same size typically consumes over 2.6 million gallons of water per month for cooling.


  • Regional Water Stress: The Northern Virginia area currently faces low water stress, which is projected to increase to medium to high stress in the future.  Unlike many other data centers, CyrusOne’s Northern Virginia – Sterling IV facility does not use water for cooling and is therefore insulated from this regional water risk, both current and future.
Water Stress and Use Now 2030 Projection 2040 Projection
Regional Water Stress Low Medium to High Medium to High
CyrusOne Water Use Zero Consumption Zero Consumption Zero Consumption

(Risk assessment and projections based on WRI Aqueduct Tool)


  • Regional Grid Greenhouse Gases: How much greenhouse gas does this facility’s local electrical grid emit while generating electricity?  (Useful for Location-based greenhouse gas reporting)
Greenhouse Gases 2004 2007 2012 2016 2018
MTCO2/MWh 0.520 0.507 0.423 0.365 0.337

The carbon-intensity of the grid has improved about 2.7% points per year over the last 14 years of published data.  Reported by the US EPA eGRID for the SERC Virginia/Carolina subregion (SRVC).


  • Regional Grid Renewables: What percentage of this facility’s local electrical grid is from renewable sources (wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal)?
Grid Renewables 2004 2007 2012 2016 2018
Percent from renewable sources 3.7% 2.7% 3.4% 5.6% 7.7%

This has been increasing about 0.6% points per year over the last 14 years of published data.  Based on US EPA eGRID data for the SERC Virginia/Carolina subregion (SRVC).

The Nation’s First National Internet Exchange

With CyrusOne’s National IX, customers can configure a virtual on-net platform from a multitude of carriers and providers, allowing optimal flexibility and interconnection with anyone at any connected facility and to the cloud.

As part of CyrusOne’s National IX platform, this Sterling data center provides interconnection to other CyrusOne data centers.

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