Northern Virginia – Sterling I, II, and III Data Center

Virginia

Virginia’s Data Center Campus & CyrusOne National IX Platform

This Northern Virginia data center is an enterprise-class facility located in Sterling, Virginia. With direct access to one of the largest Internet Exchange points in the U.S., superior fiber connectivity makes this data center ideal for colocation of high performance computing, for which CyrusOne is known. It’s conveniently located near dozens of hotels, restaurants and other amenities and only ten minutes from Dulles International Airport and 30 minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington Airport.

21111 Ridgetop Circle
Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: 855-564-3198

Sterling I,II,III – Highlights

  • Overview
  • Power
  • Cooling
  • Security
  • Sustainability

  • 420,000 sq. ft. campus at full build
  • Planned – SOC 1 type 2 and SOC 2 type 2, PCI DSS (sec 9 & 12), HIPAA, ISO 27001, FISMA
  • CyrusOne Facilities are designed to meet TIA-942 requirements for electrical and mechanical.
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) capable, supports 200 watts/sf with the ability to support over 1,000 watts/sf.
  • Efficient, divisible floor plates
  • Carrier-neutral facility
  • 100% Uptime service level agreement on power
  • 24×7 staffed NOCC and remote hands support
  • Dedicated cages and private suite options available.
  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) system, sampling air in parts per million coupled with a zoned dual-action, interlocking dry-pipe sprinkler system
  • Conveniently located near dozens of hotels, restaurants and other amenities
  • Ten minutes from Dulles International Airport and 30 minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington Airport

  • 36-inch raised floor design
  • Utilizing Stulz 200-ton CRAH units with electronically commutated (EC) variable-speed fans
  • Highly-efficient 500-ton Trane chillers with rapid restart and adaptive controlled microprocessors
  • Ability to scale as density increases in an N+1 central plant design and an N+2 air-side design.

  • Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) system, sampling air in parts per million coupled with a zoned dual-action, interlocking dry-pipe sprinkler system
  • Up to 30 MW of total capacity
  • 30 MW of critical power at N and 22.5 MW at distributed redundant
  • Multiple levels of redundancy available within the same footprint (i.e. N, Distributed Redundant, 2N, or a combination)
  • Dual-Input PDUs with Static Transfer Switches (STS’s)
  • 85.5MW dedicated diesel generators
  • 6,800-gallon belly tanks for each generator (supports critical load for 48-hours) with diverse refueling agreements

  • Conveniently located near dozens of hotels, restaurants and other amenities
  • Ten minutes from Dulles International Airport and 30 minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington Airport

A full perimeter-fence surrounds the site, which is
secured by up to seven layers of physical security and
features benefits that include:

  • 24/7 year-round onsite data center security guards
  • Video surveillance and recording of exteriors and interiors
  • Biometric and key card security for strict access control
  • Turn style and other secure doors to prevent tail gating
  • Reinforced physical infrastructure that can include
    concrete bollards, steel-lined walls, and bullet resistant
    glass
  • Dedicated data halls, suites and cages to minimize traffic.

  • Reporting
    • Water risk (now, 2030, 2040)
    • Carbon intensity (trends over time)
    • Grid renewables (trends over time)

 

  • 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 9.8 million gallons of water per month to cool them.

 

  • Regional Water Risk: The Northern Virginia area faces a medium-to-high risk of water supply disruption, which is expected to continue in the future.  Unlike many other data centers, CyrusOne’s Northern Virginia – Sterling I facility does not use water for cooling and is therefore insulated from regional water risk, both current and future.
Water Risk and Use Now 2030 Projection 2040 Projection
Regional Water Risk Medium to high risk Medium to high risk Medium to high risk
CyrusOne Water Use Zero Consumption Zero Consumption Zero Consumption

(Risk assessment and projections based on WRI Aqueduct Tool)

 

  • Regional Grid Greenhouse Gasses: How much greenhouse gas does this facility’s local electrical grid emit while generating electricity?  (Useful for Location-based greenhouse gas reporting)
Greenhouse Gasses 2004 2007 2012 2016
Lbs CO2/MWh 1146.0 1118.4 932.9 805.3

The carbon-intensity of the grid has improved about 2.6% points per year over the last 12 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
Percent from renewable sources 3.7% 2.7% 3.4% 5.6%

This has been increasing about 0.2% points per year over the last 12 years of published data.  Based on US EPA eGRID data for the SERC Virginia/Carolina subregion (SRVC).

Virtual Tour

Combined Building Description

Mission-Critical Security

A full perimeter-fence surrounds the site, which is secured by up to seven layers of physical security and features benefits that include:

  • 24/7 year-round onsite data center security guards
  • Video surveillance and recording of exteriors and interiors
  • Biometric and key card security for strict access control
  • Turn style and other secure doors to prevent tail gating
  • Reinforced physical infrastructure that can include concrete bollards, steel-lined walls, and bullet resistant glass
  • Dedicated data halls, suites and cages to minimize traffic

Massively Modular® Engineering

CyrusOne’s Massively Modular data center engineering I specifically designed to achieve optimal flexibility for even the largest scale deployment and build out.

CyrusOne can build out new data halls in just 12-16 weeks through aggressive sourcing and just-in-time focus to meet customer demand.

The Massively Modular model frees customers from being confined by time, space, and/or flexibility constraints often found in other data center providers.

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.