By the end of 2018, the best estimates put the total number of people using the internet over the four billion mark. This makes it easy to understand why the world’s needs for processing and storing data are growing at an exponential rate. In the last 10 years, data centres the size of small cities have sprung up to meet that ever-expanding need, with data centres using UPS batteries such as the Fiamm 12flb150 as back-up power.
Gigabit Magazine has crunched the numbers and identified the data centres with solid claims to being the world’s largest:
1) China Telecom Data Centre
The China Telecom Data Centre has a firm hold on the title of “world’s largest data centre” thanks to its 10.7 million square feet. Located in China’s Inner Mongolia Information Park, the China Telecom centre combines standard data centre functions with warehousing, office space, call centres, and living quarters for the workers who operate it. In addition to its vast size, the China Telecom facility is noteworthy for having the world’s highest price tag. Constructing and fitting out the data centre reportedly cost more than £2 billion.
2) China Mobile Hohhot Data Centre
The world’s second-largest data centre is China Mobile’s Hohhot facility, located very close to the China Telecom Data Centre. The China Mobile facility covers 7.7 million square feet, and its completion cost is estimated at £1.47 billion. The China Mobile centre is noteworthy for its modular design which anticipates future expansion. The China Mobile facility is a centralised powerhouse for managing networks, delivering enterprise-level service, and conducting cutting-edge research.
Both of the world’s largest data centres are located in the Inner Mongolia Information Park in Hohhot, China. This is a singularly attractive community for data centres thanks to a number of favourable conditions. It sits … Read the rest