Vinay Nagpal, Interglobix, Explains the Burgeoning Sub-Sea Eco-System Growing in Virginia Beach

LEESBURG, VA – One of the buzziest panels at CapRE’s Sixth Annual Washington, D.C. & Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit was an afternoon discussion titled Site Selection & Development Trends: Who is Breaking Ground in the Mid-Atlantic Region? After some remarks about utilities and power, Moderator Patrick A. Wilcox, Director for New York City at Colliers International decided to drive the conversation into the world of Connectivity. “Let’s shift gears a little bit here to a connectivity question,” he suggested, motioning to Vinay Nagpal, President at InterGlobix LLC. “What uptick are you seeing, if any, with the new sub-sea cable landings?” “I would say that in the last probably two years or so, there has been a lot of activity happening in the Hampton Roads region overall,” replied Nagpal. “From the connectivity standpoint, yes, there are several sub-sea projects announced. Two of them are active and alive as we speak. The fact that we have a slide – Brian put it up earlier – what you can see there is that we have what I call a sub-sea eco-system being developed in Virginia Beach.” “So what you have is the two cables that are active and live now, the Marea and the BRUSA,” Nagpal explained, painting a picture of the situation on the ground. “The Marea cable is co-owned by Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius, which is Telefonica’s sub-sea arm, the Spanish telecommunications company. And then you have BRUSA, which is another…