[SIGCIS-Members] Internet traffic in northern Virginia

Brian Berg brianberg at gmail.com
Tue Oct 15 15:55:25 PDT 2019


I conferred with Jen Snow <jensnow47 at gmail.com> of SOFWERX
<https://www.sofwerx.org/> on this question.  She confirmed this number,
and even said that it is growing.  She pointed me to this site:
  https://biz.loudoun.gov/key-business-sectors/data-centers/
for a little perspective on this:

Loudoun County’s “Data Center Alley” is the world’s largest concentration
of data centers, with nearly 13.5 million square feet currently in
operation and another 4.5 million square feet being planned or developed.

More than 70 percent of the world’s internet traffic passes through
Loudoun’s digital infrastructure, making us a key player in the world’s
technology economy. Read more about data centers’ impact in the Data Center
Study
<http://www.nvtc.org/documents/advocacy/NVTC__DataCenter_Report_011316_final_lowres.pdf>
.
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On Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 10:19 AM James Cortada <jcortada at umn.edu> wrote:

> I don't believe the number; I have seen too many really big data centers
> to assure you Loudon County doesn't have enough lang mass unless they are
> hiding servers under the streets.  Jim
>
> On Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 9:38 AM Ceruzzi, Paul <CeruzziP at si.edu> wrote:
>
>> An article in yesterday’s Washington Post (by Antonio Olivo, Metro
>> Section, Oct. 13, 2019), is about the changing racial and ethnic
>> demographics of Loudoun County, Virginia, once a sleepy southern farming
>> area, little changed for a century. It is now a diverse, IT- and
>> Defense-oriented exurb of DC. The article mentions in passing that “70% of
>> the world’s Internet Traffic passes through” Loudoun County data centers.
>>
>>
>> https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/in-fast-growing-va-suburb-state-and-national-issues-echo-in-local-election/2019/10/11/54b6f3e0-e9d2-11e9-9306-47cb0324fd44_story.html
>>
>>
>>
>> Is this possible? On what sources did the reporter base that information?
>> I’ve driven by the “cloud servers” in Ashburn, Virginia, and they are
>> impressive. But still?
>>
>>
>>
>> Paul Ceruzzi
>>
>> Curator Emeritus, Department of Space History
>>
>> National Air and Space Museum
>>
>> Smithsonian Institution
>>
>> Washington, DC 20013-7012
>>
>> 202-633-2414
>>
>>
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