Today, everyone is dealing with data: from huge corporations to web-shops to banks and government. The total amount of data is continuously increasing. To get a better understanding of the speed of its growth, consider that 90 % of all world data was created only in the past 2 years. We build data centers to help store, manage, and disseminate this data. They serve as facilities that allow organizations to centralize IT operations.
While you probably know how important data centers are, there are some interesting facts that you may have not heard of.
Sustainable and efficient
While a conventional data center requires as much electricity as a small town, today’s data centers are very sustainable. Some of them work purely on green energy. One of Yahoo’s data centers is powered by a hydroelectric plant on Niagara Falls and the world’s largest data center is fully powered by solar panels in Nevada, USA.
Despite the common belief, data centers are built to use minimal amount of electricity. This is possible due to extremely efficient use of resources, and economies of scale. In the Netherlands, 64 percent of the Data Centers store the heat created by servers and later reuse it to warm houses. Generally, the heat produced by the servers in Data centers can potentially provide heating to 200,000 households.
vBoxx hosts its data in a climate neutral data center Evoswitch, which uses 100% green energy. Thanks to a highly advanced cooling system, only half the energy of a typical data center is needed.
Data centers are just around the corner
The Netherlands has one of the best digital infrastructures in the world making it a perfect location for Data Centers. Eleven out of 15 sea cables for digital traffic connect USA and Europe through the Netherlands. No matter where you go in the Netherlands, there is always a state-of-the-art data center within 30 kilometers.
The Amsterdam area is one of the most popular places for Data centers because of its extensive business network. Its perfect location and infrastructure are the reasons why almost one third of Europe’s data centers are located in the Amsterdam Metropolitan area. Altogether the Netherlands holds almost 200 high-class data centers.
Inside out secure
Data Centers need to work 24/7 which is why it is crucial that nothing disturbs their work. Modern data center facilities are built to withstand winds of 200 km/h and earthquakes of 9.0 magnitude. The area, where data centers are located, is usually surrounded by fences and is under 24/7 surveillance. Some companies, like Visa, go an extra mile to protect its data: one of Data Centers is surrounded by an actual moat.
Apart from impressive outside defense construction, security officers are monitoring facility round the clock and are always ready to stop intruders. Taking pictures or videos is prohibited. One also has to deal with strict documentation before they are allowed to enter the facility.
As the digital world grows, data centers will continue to develop to accommodate its needs. One of the most recent innovations are the self-maintained underwater data centers. Microsoft has tested its Natick project putting more than 800 servers in a 12 meter container, and sinking it near Scotland. So far the results have been promising! Who knows what else will the future bring for the Data Centers?