[SIGCIS-Members] Internet traffic in northern Virginia

James Cortada jcortada at umn.edu
Tue Oct 15 10:19:35 PDT 2019

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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James W. Cortada
Senior Research Fellow
Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
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