Over 150 years ago, Manassas, Virginia played a pivotal role in the American Civil War.
Both the First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas (July 1861) and Second Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Second Battle of Manassas (August 1862), were fought near Manassas.
Today, Manassas plays a role in the battle of where companies’ run IT infrastructure.
Located about 35 miles southwest of downtown Washington, DC and 20 miles south of Washington Dulles International Airport, the city of Manassas is 9.9 square miles and home to 41,764 residents.
Amazon’s Manassas, Virginia Data Centers
However, Manassas is also home to some of Amazon’s Northern Virginia data centers.
While most wholesale and colocation data center operators need to be transparent about their data center locations for marketing/sales reasons, Amazon’s industry-leader cloud services model -- known today as Amazon Web Services (AWS) -- is built around the opposite value proposition: location independence for its AWS Cloud infrastructure is various Regions and Availability Zones (AZs).
While the Amazon Manassas data centers were commissioned later, Amazon Web Services used Northern Virginia as its springboard back in 2006 to launch what is today the industry’s leading multi-billion dollar cloud business.
Amazon Web Services Global Infrastructure
The AWS Cloud is architected around 53 Availability Zones in 18 geographic regions -- one of which is Northern Virginia, part of AWS US East.
Amazon’s goal is to have physically separated Availability Zones that are more fault tolerant, highly available, and scalable than a traditional single-location or even multi-location wholesale or colocation data center solution.
AWS Local Regions are a single, physical data center location that is part of an AWS Region.
Security Investments at Amazon Data Centers
Even though Amazon Web Services does not provide services that are sold on a location-specific basis --- very different than traditional wholesale and colocation data center operators -- it has a very similar mindset about its security investments as other traditional data center operators. This includes
- Perimeter security investments
- Infrastructure layer investments including backup power, HVAC, and fire suppression
- Data layer protection investments including access restrictions and threat detection
- Environmental layer considerations including site selection and mitigating environmental risk
Amazon Data Center at Manassas, Virginia
So what’s publicly know about Amazon data centers in Manassas? Not a lot. Much of that is even based on speculation and inference. And it’s in Amazon’s and its millions of AWS customers’ interest for it to stay that way:
- Described as a large distributed data center operation.
- Operated as part of Vadata, Inc., Amazon’s subsidiary that operates its data centers and offers cloud services to businesses.
- Currently, over 100 open data center technician-related jobs are available at Amazon’s data center in the Manassas area.
- Other job postings include openings for an ATS operations coordinator, ATS ops project engineer, capacity install technician, chief engineer, data center facility manager, data center manager, data center project manager for critical projects, data center security manager, DCO media technician, DC physical security lead, and decommissioning data technician.
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While definitely not direct competition for traditional wholesale and colocation data center operators with presence in the Northern Virginia data center market like CoreSite, CyrusOne, Digital Realty, Equinix, and QTS Data Centers, Amazon Web Services’ cloud model is usually at least a point of awareness for most savvy buyers of outsourced data center services.
Which wholesale and colocation data center operators in Ashburn, Chantilly, Dulles, Fairfax, Gainesville, Herndon, Manassas, Middletown, Reston, Sterling, and Vienna are the most digitally-savvy and best positioned to compete in the potentially disruptive cloud services space?
The Northern Virginia Data Center Market Opportunity Report analyzes 25 colocation and wholesale data center operators in Northern Virginia and compares the companies across 44 metrics -- including differentiation in the modern buyer’s journey, thought leadership strategy, website authority, competitive positioning, company social media presence, lead generation, paid search acceleration, as well as full-funnel revenue growth and digital infrastructure.