With the explosion of the information age compiling and storing data has become big business. A great data center must not only be large, but efficient, powerful, and innovative as well. The following are some of the top data facilities throughout the world and information regarding what makes each of them unique data centers.
The Switch Supernap
Built in Las Vegas in the spring of 2008, the Supernap was constructed to accommodate 250 megawatts of power capacity. It wasn’t originally known for its size but its capability to support power densities of up to approximately 1,500 watts per square foot. The center has since been upgraded to approximately 2.2 million square feet in size.
This facility also has a custom cooling unit called the Wattage Density Modular Design (WDMD) that can switch automatically between several different cooling options. The location is considered ideal because there is a high unlikelihood of natural disasters in the surrounding area.
QTS Atlanta – Metro
With 970,000 square feet of space, this center has its own Georgia Power substation on site. This facility features in-house carriers, IP providers, and fiber connectivity to the QTS Atlanta – Suwanee Data Center. The building was constructed in 1954 as a distribution center. It was changed to house data in 2000.
Terremark is a connective hub for the southwestern portion of the United States as well as part of Latin America. This data facility was built to withstand a level 5 hurricane and has a lightning prevention system.
Microsoft Chicago – Dublin – Quincy
Microsoft owns three massive data facilities located in Dublin, Chicago, and Quincy in Washington State. The massive center in Quincy opened in 2007 while the Dublin facility opened in 2009.
Ireland happens to be home to several data facilities including those owned by Amazon, Google, IBM and Yahoo.
Of all the unique data centers, the Chicago facility still has aspects that have not been duplicated. The upper levels feature a traditional data center that is still original in design.
The lower levels contain the equipment to both power and cool the servers. From this center Microsoft runs server support, online storage and even email.
Lakeside Technology Center
Owned by Digital Realty Trust, this immense data center is located on 350 East Cermak in Chicago. Currently one of the world’s largest centers for housing data, the Lakeside Technology Center was originally built to hold the printing presses for the Sears Catalog and the Yellow Book. It was converted in 1999 for data use and is over 1 million square feet in size.
While the United States is currently home to some of the largest data centers in the world, there is constant competition for the title. China is building a data center in Langfang that is scheduled to be completed by 2016 that will be over 6 million square feet.
Not to be outdone, however, Microsoft has announced plans to build a data center in Iowa that will also be over 6 million square feet.