Data Centers: Is Hillsboro the Ashburn of the West Coast? “It Works on a Lot of Levels” [including full-length panel video]

SEATTLE, WA -- Northern Virginia continues to lead the country in data center absorption. The first part of 2019 saw 76.1 MW of absorption in the region. But surprisingly, the Pacific Northwest region follows that, more than doubling their year-over-year absorption for a total of 25.3 MW in the same time period. That’s why CAPRE included a panel titled “Surrounding Markets: What Activity Are We Seeing in the Surrounding Pacific Northwest Markets?” at its recent Great Northwest Cloud Summit, featuring the perspective of four local data center and mission critical insiders led by Moderator Cindy Joos, VP of Global Shared Services at Cyxtera, who asked the panelists to address the titular question of specific activity in the areas immediately surrounding Seattle. “What we’re seeing from an Iron Mountain perspective, even though we don’t have a data center in the PNW, is that Hillsboro is the equivalent of Ashburn of Manassas in Virginia,” replied Ramon Lavides, Senior Business Development Executive at Iron Mountain. “There’s definitely some great activity there, and we’re looking at it as a potential place for us. The Pacific Northwest is a good place to be, there’s a lot of activity here, and over time we’ll either acquire a company or have a building down the road.” Next to offer insight was Matthew VanderZanden, Chief Strategy Officer at Stack Infrastructure, who gathered his perspective from the fact that he grew up in the region. “It makes my heart…