RagingWire Becoming Part of the Business Community in Northern Virginia

James Leach

When RagingWire made the strategic decision to expand its business into Ashburn, Virginia, we knew we wanted to be more than just another data center in Loudoun County.

1) We wanted to build the best retail colocation data center in the area.
2) We wanted to become an integral part of the business community in Northern Virginia.

Our customers tell us that we delivered on #1. Known as "The BoltSM" because of its unique shape, this new 150,000 square foot data center campus is engineered for the enterprise. Its building-within-a-building design provides maximum physical security. The critical infrastructure features our patented "2N+2" power delivery system, N-Matrix management and monitoring tools, and 100% availability even during maintenance windows. Plus the data center includes customer conference rooms, lounges, and office space so The Bolt is a great place for your IT team to work.

For #2, we had two critical success factors. First, avoid the “absentee landlord” syndrome which is so prevalent in the data center industry. We established a local management, sales, marketing, and operations team with years of experience and trusted industry relationships. Eddie Ankers, our head of security, is a 20 year veteran of law enforcement and security from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and Fairfax County Police Department. Dave Haskell, director of sales, has over 15 years experience in data centers at Savvis, Equinix, and Latisys. Chris Thames, Director of Critical Facilities, has years of experience running data centers for Digital Realty and CBRE as well as in mechanical operations as a nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy. Troy Hill, manager of infrastructure service delivery, has over a decade of experience in telecommunications and with systems integrators. I was fortunate to be selected to run marketing for the company after 25 years helping high-tech startups grow up. Even better, the entire team works at the Ashburn facility not at some remote office down the street from the data center.

Secondly, we aligned our business strategy with our customers’ success. We are actively engaged with the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and Department of Economic Development. We are deeply involved in a number of professional associations including the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the largest technology council in the United States. We joined three chambers of commerce and are active on committees promoting high technology, women in business, and youth leadership. We work closely with Dominion Virginia Power and Loudoun Water and receive tremendous support from both organizations.

In the local community, we had a great day with our partner Dominion Virginia Power cleaning the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W&OD). Bill Dougherty, our VP of IT, reviewed the final projects for a senior seminar in the computer science department of Gettysburg College and gave the students a “behind the scenes” view of cloud computing and the Internet. We partnered with SmartCEO magazine as the title sponsor of the 2013 Enterprise Management Awards. The EMAs recognize the top executives in some of the best run companies in the mid-Atlantic. On March 12, we were pleased to host a private reception for the award winners at our data center. Most recently, we hosted the Loudoun Technology Council Meetup attended by 80 people who are advocates for data centers and high technology in the area.

Data centers are becoming a catalyst for economic development and a hub for the high technology and business communities. We believe that the best way for RagingWire to realize its full potential is to design, build, and operate the best data centers in the world AND be actively involved in the business communities we serve.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors visit RagingWire in Ashburn

arroe Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors visit RagingWire in Ashburn.

RagingWire joins Dominion Virginia Power to help clear the W&OD

arroe RagingWire joins Dominion Virginia Power to help clear the W&OD.

Gettysburg College Computer Science class visits RagingWire and part of senior seminar.

arroe Gettysburg College Computer Science class visits RagingWire and part of senior seminar.

RagingWire and SmartCEO magazine host a reception for 40 winners of the Executive Management Awards.

arroe RagingWire and SmartCEO magazine host a reception for 40 winners of the Executive Management Awards.

We are active in the Northern Virginia Technology Council

arroe We are active in the Northern Virginia Technology Council

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