NAP OF VIRGINIA BEACH®
Enterprise-class Data Center and Cable Landing Station Campus offering a direct on-net connection to MAREA, BRUSA and Dunant intercontinental subsea cables.
NAP of Virginia Beach®
NAP of Virginia Beach® is a carrier neutral Data Center and Cable Landing Station Campus in development on 10.7 acres in Virginia Beach, VA. With a direct on-net connection to MAREA, BRUSA and Dunant intercontinental cables, the NAP of Virginia Beach® offers the lowest latency to these high capacity cables. A true enterprise-class facility, the NAP of Virginia Beach® is secure, reliable, and robust.
- Virginia Beach’s enterprise-class data center and cable landing station campus.
- Direct on-net connection (less than 400 yards) to the highest capacity subsea cables in the world: MAREA, BRUSA and Dunant.
- Building One has a critical load of 2.4MW (expandable to 4.8MW). The campus has a total critical power load of 9.6MW.
- Building constructed at 15 ft. above sea level and to withstand 200 mph winds (FEMA Wind Zone III).
- Carrier neutral dark fiber and high capacity lit service options.
Industry Leading Structural Design
- Each facility will have 21,716 sf. of white space along with the ability to lease up to 7,000 sf. of Class A office space.
- Capable of housing multiple subsea cables with dry plant rooms designed to house SLTE and PFE equipment.
- Diverse connectivity to MAREA, BRUSA & Dunant via 2 x 432 fiber conduit routes.
- Closed manifold cooling system specifically designed to resist the corrosive effects inherent in a coastal environment.
- Built at 15 ft. above sea level and to withstand 200mph winds.
Subsea Cables in Virginia Beach
- Direct on-net connection to MAREA, BRUSA and Dunant intercontinental cables.
- Close proximity to Camp Pendleton Cable Landing Zone (3.5 miles) and the planned Sandbridge Cable Landing Zone (7.5 miles).
- Dry plant rooms designed to host SLTE and PFE equipment.
- Dark fiber and high capacity lit services to Ashburn, VA, Washington, D.C., Henrico, VA, Boydton, VA, Columbus, OH, and the North Carolina corridors.
- Diverse 2 x 24 conduit POE’s.
Reliable Power Design
- N+1 power to each rack with N+1 UPS redundancy (via 750kW modules with lithium-ion battery banks) and N+1 generator redundancy.
- Redundant power from two independent 34.5kV distribution feeds: one coming from London Bridge Substation and one coming from Pendleton Substation.
- Current capacity provided by Dominion Energy already exceeds the campus’s critical power load of 9.6MW.
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Why Virginia Beach?
The Atlantic subsea cable region has seen a steady capacity growth of 29% CAGR from 2014 to 2018.
Firmly on the path of that growth, Virginia Beach and the greater Hampton Roads region represent the new Mid-Atlantic hub for intercontinental subsea cables looking for a diverse East Coast landing point with redundancy outside the traditional hubs of New York, New Jersey and Florida. Serving as a prosperous metropolitan area and growing digital port, Virginia Beach currently offers three intercontinental subsea cables: MAREA, BRUSA and Dunant.
As two of the highest capacity, lowest latency subsea cable systems ever built, MAREA and BRUSA connect Europe and the Americas with state-of-the-art, resilient connectivity.
On February 3, 2021, Google announced that the Dunant cable is ready for service. Dunant is the first long-haul subsea cable to feature a 12 fiber pair space-division multiplexing (SDM) design, and delivers a record-breaking capacity of 250 terabits per second (Tbps) across the ocean. The Dunant cable connects Virginia Beach and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France.
A Diverse, Redundant Location for Connectivity
When Hurricane Sandy devastated coastal communities in 2012 and generated flooding that brought down critical connectivity and transatlantic communications, it was clear that the world needed redundancy from the traditional hubs of New York and New Jersey.
To cater to this need, Virginia Beach offers strategic distance from the New York and New Jersey cable landing sites. Subsea cables such as MAREA and Dunant benefit from this diverse path to the European mainland, increasing the resilience of the East Coast’s infrastructure, lowering latency with European Internet hubs such as Paris and Marseille and decreasing industry dependency on New York and New Jersey.
Meanwhile, BRUSA fulfills the need for a diverse path outside of Florida by utilizing Virginia Beach as a diverse hub to Caribbean and Latin America, bypassing the NAP of the Americas and providing direct connectivity to Loudoun County at lower latencies.
Strategic Proximity that Averts Congestion
Mid-Atlantic cables landing in Virginia Beach benefit from proximity to Data Center Alley/Northern Virginia (where an estimated 70% of global internet traffic flows). Located south of Loudoun County, Virginia Beach’s position provides this popular data center region with a redundant path leveraging connection to both Loudoun County and surrounding cities via multiple terrestrial networks.
Of particular importance to Virginia Beach is Metro Fiber Networks™, a one of a kind network that connects Corporate Landing Parkway in Virginia Beach to White Oak Industrial Park in Henrico County. Their network is over 200 route miles and 100% underground, with subsea portions crossing the York River and Hampton Roads Harbor.
Virginia Beach’s strategic location also allows route traffic to go north, south, and west, provisioning access along the I-95 corridor (Richmond) to Boydton, Columbus, Charlottesville, Atlanta, and more.
A Thriving Local Ecosystem
Beyond its communications infrastructure, Virginia Beach — the second largest port on the East Coast — has proved itself as a robust hub for industry and commerce. Here are some of the highlights:
As the largest military installation outside of the Pentagon, Hampton Roads has 9 military installations, including 3 joint-base complexes that span multiple locations, bringing the total number of military bases to 15. All five branches of the military have a presence within the region.
Headquarters – Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) — located in Norfolk, is the only NATO command in North America. The area also features the world’s largest naval base and serves as the home of the Atlantic Fleet.
Dominion Energy™ recently completed the installation of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project. The undertaking consists of two 6MW wind turbines located approximately 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach that will power 3,000 homes and produce valuable research and development for stakeholders. Dominion Energy has an agreement with the Virginia Department of Mines and Mineral Energy to build and operate the turbines.
This demonstration project is the precursor to the full-scale build out of the 112,800-acre Wind Energy Area (WEA) located approximately 23.5 nautical miles offshore from the Virginia Beach coastline. The WEA has the potential to produce up to 2,000MW of wind generation.
Dark Fiber Capabilities
The area’s Regional Connectivity Ring, a 103.11-mile dark fiber, open access ring, will serve as the foundation for smart region development and digitally empowered communities.
Hampton Roads is home to the largest shipbuilding market in the United States, features more than 50 medical corporations working in conjunction with renowned healthcare systems and offers 8 universities, 4 community colleges and abundant technical schools.
Technology also makes its home here through companies such as General Dynamics, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Lockheed Martin, Lyon Shipyard, Inc. and more.