In this article we will comment world 5 biggest data centers.
1. Digital Reality Main Data Center, San Francisco
With the slogan “Connecting your business to the world”, Digital Reality is the largest data center provider, which has 166 data centers located in America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
One of the largest is the Central Data Center in San Francisco, strategically located near the Silicon Valley, the world-renowned area with the highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world (around 1900 of them).
SFR2 is the name of a building located in the financial center of San Francisco, originally designed to assemble military tanks, and today it is one of the largest data centers in the world! The building is made of steel and concrete and its safety is at the highest level, and the base is insulated from the floor so it can ensure smooth operation of the server even in case of a large seismic earthquake (during and after it). The entire building extends to a total of 227,000 square meters including 86,000 square meters of raised, security floor, which we have been talking about. This space generates around 7800 kW of electricity that runs servers at full capacity. Can you imagine all this?
2. Global Switch Singapore, Tai Seng
It is located near the financial district and the city center, for 15 minutes it is necessary to reach it from the airport or from the center. Singapore is greatly positioned to support the fast-growing Asian and Pacific markets and was built as a strategic link and an important “gateway” for global investment.
The building in which it is built is exclusively for the needs of the data center, on 6 floors. The security procedures are at the highest level, the building is additionally physically enclosed, the guards are present 24/7, and the entrance is organized by the photo facial recognition system. The Data Center has fully redundant UPS power systems, generators and cooling systems. Load capacity is 750kg per square meter.
3. DuPont Fabros Technology Data Center, Ashburn
DuPont fabros technology is one of the leading providers, owners and operators in enterprise data centers. Du Pont Fabros was previously an investment fund for real estate that invested in data centers regardless of the provider and secured the positioning and information flow between the provider.
By the beginning of last year, they had 11 operational data centers: 8 centers located in North Virginia, 2 in Illinois and 1 in California. Their biggest campus is just this one in Virginia. Opened in 2014, the DFT Ashburn Data Center consists of 6 facilities that span a total of 1329 million square feet. About 70% of the world’s Internet traffic passes through the corridor of North Virginia, including Ashburn, according to the Economic Development Committee of the region.
In a way, the company also deals with the wholesale leasing of space to other companies by providing them with space in which they build their own data centers. 90% of revenue comes from the 15 largest clients, some of them Microsoft (25%) and Facebook (20%). Last year, the company became the property of the aforementioned Digital Reality.
4. CyrusOne’s Chandler I Data Center, Dallas
Cyrus One is a global collocation-based company based in Dallas. They have 35 data centers in USA, London and Singapore and are constantly evolving. In order to reduce operational costs to their clients, they apply a massively modular concept of service provision.
They have over 625 clients, 9 of which are from the Fortune list of the world’s most successful companies. The Chandler is the first data center on the west coast, but also the leading. Quick connectivity is associated with other data centers in Texas and Ohio. The Data Center uses double distribution redundant power and indirect evaporation and cooling, which is necessary due to the warm and dry climate in Arizona. Phoenix is positioned at the heart of West Coast communication links, which is a useful strategic position as many companies want to take advantage of new tax incentives that have been in place since 2013, with precisely targeted data centers, as well as low risk of natural disasters.
The center was opened in December 2012 and was built on the former field of lucerne (clover) and is proud of its customer service, flexibility and adaptable premises. It has several conference rooms, and even showers and a kitchen for clients.
5. China Telecom’s Inner Mongolia data center
In May 2012, the Hohhot Cloud Computing base in Central Mongolia shook the world.
China Telecom has invested $ 3 billion in the construction of this Information Park, which consists of a cloud computing center, data center, call center, warehouse, office and residential buildings.
What is so special about Hohhot?
First, power. Hohhot has a lot. At present, Hohhot receives 7.7m kW from a combination of thermal and hydroelectric sources, but it is projected to get another 1.8m kW after completing work on a new thermal facility. You wonder how Hohhot manages to generate so much hydroelectric power? Simply: the annual average of precipitation (rain) is stored in their pool of 1.2 billion cubic meters.
The climate in Hohhot is another important factor that has become one of the data hubs. At an average altitude of 1050 meters, the average temperature is 6 ° C (42.8 ° F), according to Data Center Dynamics, which in translation means “free air cooling for 8 months a year”.
Also, 70% of key research institutions and universities in Central Mongolia are located in Hohhot.
All these factors have made Hohhot the main hub for Chinese telecoms, whose data center network covers over 25 square kilometers.