Check out these stats and facts from the biggest, greenest, safest and strangest data centers.
The Big Ones
There are quite a few BIG data centers these days, ranging from 900,000 square feet or more. For perspective, 900,000 square feet is equal to the playing area of 15 football fields. Of course, it’s important to note that while some of these facilities are that big or bigger, not all of that space is currently being used.
Tulip Data Center in Bangalore, India (Developers: Tulip Telecom Ltd. and IBM)
900,000 square foot data center space available
four tower building
100 megawatts of power
750,000 square feet housing up to 19,000 racks available
The Green Ones
When it comes to data centers, green is hot. Many data centers are now being built from the ground to run on reusable energy, cut down on the amount of energy, and reduce the carbon footprint. Here are a few interesting facts we uncovered in the last year.
100% carbon neutral
100% renewable energy (geothermal and hydroelectric power)
100% freely cooled (Iceland’s ambient temperatures to provide free cooling)
100% solar powered (powered by 120 on-site solar panels which generate electricity for the entire infrastructure)
100% carbon free
emissions saved each year by the solar panels: 34,488+ pounds of CO2 (greenhouse) 50.6+ pounds of Nitrogen Oxide (smog) 37.4+ pounds of Sulfate (acid rain).
The Safe Ones
Data centers have always had to be secure. They also have had to be safe. Here’s a few interesting notes about one of the data centers that could rival Fort Knox.
10-feet stone fence surrounding the facility, with another 4-feet of electrical fence on top
RFID-enabled access systems
The Strange Ones
Data centers are being housed in the strangest of places – buildings that look like homes or parking garages or even water towers.
Data center built in boiler room of old high school
Data center in a former water tank with 8-inch thick concrete walls and designed to hold 770,000 gallons of water