As of 2018, there are more than 4 billion individuals who are connected to the internet, and the need for processing and storing data, as well as the need for energy suppliers such as the UPS Battery Shop
, has grown at an exponential rate. As a result, over the last decade, data centres have grown to become the size of small cities.
The following are some of the world’s largest data centres.
1. China Telecom Data Centre, China
Situated inside Inner Mongolia Information Park, the world’s biggest data centre is the China Telecom Data Centre. It spans a total of 10.7 mn square feet and the World Data Centre reports that it contains staff living quarter, offices, warehouses, call centres, and a cloud computing data centre.
It is the world’s most expensive data centre as well, with the facility reportedly having cost more than $3bn to build. There are several factors that make Hohhot a very attractive location for the largest data centre in the world: large hydroelectric power reserves, an average annual rainfall of more than 390 mm, and as reported by Data Centre Dynamics, the climate in Hohhot is a very practical reason for making it a data centre hub; it has an average 1050-metre altitude, average temperature of 6 degrees C (42.8 degrees F) which provides for up to eight months per year of basically free air cooling.
2. China Mobile Hohhot Data Centre
The world’s two biggest data centres help to make up six hyperscale facilities located in the Inner Mongolia Information Park in Hohhot.
The China Mobile Hohhot data centre is the second largest; it cost $1.92bn to build and covers 7.7 mn square feet. The facility’s modular design allows for further expansion if necessary. The World Data Centres report that Hohhot offers enterprise services, concentrated network management, and innovative research and development
for new technologies which include cloud computing and TD-LTE 4G networking.
3. The Citadel, Nevada
Still awaiting completion, the Citadel is located in northern Nevada near Reno. The facility covers 7.2 mn square feet, and when it is fully operational it consumes 650 Megawatts of power, with 100% coming from renewable sources.
The Citadel, owned and built by Switch, takes advantage of the hyperloop network of the company to provide nine-millisecond latency to San Diego and Los Angeles, with a seven-millisecond connection to the core facility of the company. This facility is one of the world’s most innovative, with more than 260 patented innovations, including its operation and construction.
4. Harbin Data Centre, China
Situated in Heilongjiang province, which is China’s northernmost region, Harbin Data Centre is the biggest structure in Harbin, the “Ice City”.
The facility covers 7.1 mn square feet, is operated and owned by China Mobile, and is the flagship operation of the company for cloud-based computing and telecommunication data. Harbin uses 150 megawatts of electricity. None of the centre’s power is derived from renewable sources, like most of China’s data centres.
5. The Kolos Data Centre, Norway
Europe’s largest data centre is situated in a tiny Norwegian village. The Kolos Data Centre, opening in 2018’s fourth quarter, will cover 6.5 mn square feet across four storeys. It is being advertised as a hyper-scalable data centre, including plans for consuming 1000 megawatts’ worth of power by the year 2027.
Kolos, which is a US-Norwegian company, makes itself even more attractive by insisting the facility is going to be 100% powered by sources of renewable energy, which takes full advantage of the abundant hydroelectric infrastructure of Norway
. The company states that saves 60% on energy costs, which reduces costs for the consumer even further.
6. Dupont Fabros Technology, Virginia
The largest data centre of Dupont Fabros Technology located in Ashburn, VA, is a 2.1 mn sq foot campus, which is made up of seven separate buildings.
Computer World UK reports that the facility is made up of 160 acres, with a more than 10,500 server capacity, which operates with a 208-megawatt maximum load. Digital Realty Trust, the data centre operator, announced plans in June 2017 to buy Dupont Fabros Technology for $7.6bn.