The nation’s usage of the Internet is continuously growing, and this has created the need for additional data centers. However, companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft have needed to branch out of their typical geographic locations in order to remain profitable. After all, land near Silicon Valley is extremely expensive, and the average electric bill is much higher than it is in rural areas. Therefore, all of these companies have made the decision to place large data centers in towns that most people have never heard of, including Boydton, Virginia.
The tactical advantage of building a data center in Boydton, which has approximately 431 residents, is that the 316,000 square foot data center was able to be built at a fraction of the normal cost. Residents of the Boydton area also benefited from an influx of temporary and permanent jobs, and this definitely helps the local economy.