There are hundreds of datacenters all over the globe – big, medium and large. While some can be fit into one room, some are bigger than a small town. Here is a list of the world’s biggest datacenters.
1. Range International Information Group
Located in Langfang, China, the datacenter of the Range Group spans across 6.3 million sq feet – nearly the size of 110 football pitches. The construction began in 2013 and got completed in 2016. It is nearly the same size of the Pentagon and covers 331 acres of land. The design services, business applications, and solutions are provided by IBM.
2. Switch SuperNAP
The largest datacenter until the completion of the Langfang, this is located in Nevada and covers an area of 3.5 million sq feet. Owned by Switch, this datacenter can accommodate up to 7,000 cabinets and requires 250 MW of power. The company is planning a major expansion by 2025 after which it is supposed to be spread across 1,000 acres of land.
3. Utah Datacenter
The Utah datacenter spans over 1.5 million sq feet and is officially called the “Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Centre for the US Intelligence Community”. Due to its heavy power requirements, this structure brought down systems for over a year with damage costing over $1 million.
4. Lakeside Technology Center
Located in Chicago, this datacenter is owned by Digital Reality Trust and is used by Facebook, IBM, etc. Spanning over 1.1 million sq feet, the facility has 53 generators worth of backup power and needs more than 32 million liters of cooling fluid every year.
5. Tulip Datacenter
The largest datacenter in Asia, and outside US, Tulip is located in Bengaluru, India. Covering an area of 1 million sq feet, Tulip Telecom tied up with IBM for the design consultancy of the facility including power and cooling.
While these datacenters might be the crème de la crème at the moment, in 2014, Microsoft announced plans of building another datacenter which could surpass all of the above mentioned ones. It is due to be completed by 2021.