May 20, 2022

Wikimedia Foundation/Wikipedia Moves Their Primary Data Center to Ashburn, Virginia

Ashburn, VA is located about 20 miles west of Washington, DC and is very close to Dulles International Airport.

From Data Center News Knowledge:

The Wikimedia Foundation, operators of Wikipedia, is making an Equinix data center in Ashburn [they have several locations] its primary data center, while its previous data center in Tampa, Florida becomes the backup. The foundation has migrated most of its main infrastructure over recent months, with the remainder of the move to be completed on the week of January 22, 2013.


As a non-profit running one of the world’s busiest web destinations, Wikipedia provides an unusual case study of a high-performance site. In an era when Apple can spend $1 billion on a single data center, Wikimedia spent $2.6 million on Internet hosting in 2011, with a server count measured in hundreds, not thousands.

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See Also: Learn More About Equinix Data Centers in Ashburn, VA

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.