Sacramento-based data center builder and operator RagingWire has expanded east, opening its second location in Ashburn to great fanfare and an enthusiastic welcome from local and state officials.
“We need more visionaries and more entrepreneurs like” RagingWire founders Constantine “Deno” Macricostas and his son, George, said Gov. Bob McDonnell, who cut the ribbon this afternoon to the 150,000-square-foot facility.
Dubbed “The Bolt,” the co-location data center features 70,000 square feet of raised floor space and client amenities such as a customer lobby, conference rooms, a lounge, drop-in work spaces and more. State-of-the-art security measures include iris scanners with visual and voice confirmations, and a “man trap” security portal at the entrance that looks like something you'd see on a “Star Trek” set.
In his remarks to the 400 politicians, business leaders and industry executives who attended the ceremony, McDonnell called the Macricostas' achievement “an American Dream story.”
“A 150,000-square-foot, $40 million capital investment like the one you're standing in today doesn't just happen by accident,” McDonnell said. “There's a lot of dreams and a lot of work and a lot of risk-taking, and a lot of innovation and entrepreneurship, that go into making a place like this. Deno told me his story of 58 years ago coming off a boat from Greece with not a lot of money, but a lot of heart and dreams and innovation and aspirations about what American meant to him.”
McDonnell also lauded Loudoun's Board of Supervisors for their efforts in attracting businesses in the industry. “They've been just terrific in the support they've shown for the folks at RagingWire in terms of how to be a business-friendly community, to open doors, to break down barriers, to reduce bureaucracy, to get permits done … they've done a terrific job.”
Supervisors Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) and Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run), in turn, took the to the podium to express their appreciation to RagingWire for its investment in Loudoun.
“We're very excited to welcome RagingWire to Loudoun County and its state-of-the-art facility that represents the next generation of data centers,” LeTorneau said in an interview after the ceremony. “It's fitting to have RagingWire here because Loudoun County truly is the country's leader in Internet traffic.”
McDonnell also thanked the legislature for their work on legislation this year that expands the state's data center sales tax exemption to also include data center tenants such as DreamHost. The Los Angeles-based web hosting company has signed on to become the anchor tenant at RagingWire's first East Coast facility.
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For a virtual tour of RagingWire's Ashburn data center, go to http://www.ragingwire.com/virginia-data-center-campus/virtual-tour