DataBank Breaks Ground on 40MW Data Center in Ashburn

Data center company DataBank has taken a big leap into the largest data center market in the world, breaking ground on a planned 200,000-square-foot facility next to its existing, smaller facility in Ashburn.

The new data center, IAD3, will offer 4 MW of power initially with plans to offer as much as 40 MW, almost tripling the company’s capacity in the Northern Virginia region, joining two existing facilities in Ashburn and McLean with a total of 22.5 MW of power across 111,000 square feet.

“This is a major play for us, a major move,” said DataBank Vice President, Sales Scott Palsgrove. “You’ve got some large enterprise players, large cloud players, and we’re more of an edge-focused company. And I think with a play like this, this is a really huge step in the evolution of DataBank.”

DataBank operates larger centers on the West Coast and Midwest, IAD3 is the company’s first major build on the East Coast, he said, and one of 10 majors projects currently under development.

“DataBank is investing extensively across our portfolio nationwide, and IAD3 represents a tremendous opportunity for our clients to take advantage of Ashburn’s location and proximity to 70% of the world’s internet traffic,” stated DataBank CEO Raul Martynek. “This Ashburn data center more than doubles our colocation footprint in Loudoun County, providing a high-quality colocation solution for cloud, content, technology and Fortune 500 customers.”

The facility is expected to be ready for service in 2023. For more information go to

4 thoughts on “DataBank Breaks Ground on 40MW Data Center in Ashburn

  • 2021-12-03 at 8:20 am

    Everyone’s grinning ear-to-ear because they know that Loudoun’s residential property owners will be seeing higher tax bills, in order to cover out-of-control spending by the BoS and the massive tax breaks for the corporations who own the data centers.

    This is a truly a disgusting scheme to screw the little people.

  • 2021-12-03 at 10:37 am

    This new data center is a sign of the times. But if truth be told, I wish we all could be less reliant on computers. So much of our time is spent behind them. It really can be isolating. Believe it or not, civilizations existed for 6,000 years without computers. And they did quite well. Please let’s vary our activities: Spend quality time with family. Take a friend to lunch. Read a classic. Walk along a wooded trail. Volunteer. Pray. Happy Hanukkah Loudoun!

  • 2021-12-03 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks BOS for approving this. Don’t forget to put a big red target on the roof tops of the data centers so the terrorists out there don’t miss when they decide to take out 70% of the worlds internet traffic that passes through here. The BOS is responsible for the safety of LoCo and they have woefully made us less safe. What a juicy target the BOS has made LoCo for the nutjobs around the world.

  • 2021-12-03 at 11:50 pm

    I guess Buddy Rizer, LoCo BOS, LCPS found it acceptable by DataBank to use explosives for their ground breaking ceremony to start grading demolition during school hours and adjacent to Discovery Elementary School. This site is within 1/4 mile of Discovery Elementary School.

    DataBank posted the use of demolition explosive on their LinkedIn. Highly inappropriate and outrageous!!!

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