Monday, July 1, 2013

How Much Power Does The NSA's Massive Utah Datacenter Gobble Up?

This June 6, 2013, photo, shows an aerial view of the cooling units at the NSA's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. The nation's new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits just south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long, squat buildings span 1.5 million square feet, and are filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails. 

It will be double Hill AFB’s usage, but facility will require just a third of Kennecott’s colossal consumption.

The intense secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency’s new Bluffdale data center has sparked a lot of myths, including that the project will use so much energy it will strain Utah’s power supply and drive up the electricity costs.

The facts, though, short circuit that rumor.

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