When managed hosting provider Carpathia Hosting went out to get more space, they weren't kidding around. Carpathia will be using the services of a joint venture consisting of both Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) and Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) to get the job done.
The joint venture will acquire a three acre site in Dulles, Virginia (near Ashburn) from Carpathia for $1.5M in a sale/leaseback transaction. They will then build a new 64,000 square foot facility adjacent to Carpathia's existing 10,000 square foot facility. It will be based on Digital Realty's template with an interior build-out based on Platform Equinix's IBX Vault design and 7.3MW of n+1 block redundant power.
Carpathia is planning to use the new space to power its cloud-powered expansion in the healthcare, federal, and commercial industries. The new datacenter will satisfy a long alphabet soup of security standards required by ththose various industries, e.g. HIPAA, HITECH, FISMA, DIACAP, PCI, and SOX.
Northern Virginia's appetite for colocation space seems bottomless, and with the advent of cloud computing maybe it's got a hole in the bottom of that. This particular buildout is already included in Equinix's capex forecasts for 2012. A completion date was not mentioned.
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