12 Largest Data Centers In The World In 2023 [

Such large volumes of data are stored in special facilities called data centers

Although the earliest data centers were built in the 1940s, they became mainstream during the dot-com bubble of 1997-2000

Current technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, have pushed us into a data-driven world

Today, we have more than 7 million data centers handling small and industrial-scale operations

In this review article, we have mentioned the 12 largest data centers in the world by their size and capacity

They are all built on a large area and consume as much power as a mid-sized city

Did you know that global data centers consumed 416 TeraWatt-hours in 2016, around 40% more than the entire United Kingdom?

Location: Mumbai, India

Yotta NM1 is the first of five data center buildings located in the Integrated Yotta Data Center Park

The building shows 7,200 racks and consumes 50 MW of power

Once fully built, the facility will have a total capacity of 30,000 racks and 250 MW of power

A single NM1 data center can host cloud content, OTT operators, and critical government and enterprise applications

Location: Washington State, United States

IntergateSeattle is Sabey Data Center’s flagship facility

Located at 35th Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168, has access to over 70 MW of power

Redundant electrical systems provide a resilient environment to minimize downtime

More specifically, it contains a redundant HVAC system and a generator capacity of 25 MW with 72 hours of running time at peak load

Location: Northern Virginia, United States

There are three facilities in the Reston CoreSite data center: VA1, VA2, and VA3

The latter is the largest with an area of ​​more than 940,000 square feet

It provides access to almost all cloud, network, and managed service providers

The building includes a high-efficiency UPS system, variable speed fans for optical cooling, and an independent rooftop AC unit with an integrated de-humidification system

This facility serves as a cost-effective alternative to Ashburn, with favorable commuting options, tax incentives, and low-latency access to multiple providers

In fact, CoreSite is the only provider in Northern Virginia that offers direct connections to cloud services such as Oracle Cloud FastConnect, IBM Cloud Direct Link, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, and AWS Direct Connect

9 Tulip Data Center

Tulip Data Center Services Pvt Ltd is India’s leading enterprise data services provider

This multi-tiered facility is built for level 3 and level 4 standards

The facility is backed by 100 MW of power and has the capacity to accommodate 12,000 racks

An integrated building management system manages all essential components of a building, including power, air conditioning, and security

Being India’s most energy-efficient and ‘greenest’ data centre, the facility saves up to 35 MW of power at full capacity

Tulip services were developed to reduce complexity, streamline operations, and simplify vendor management

Its seating area (up to 1,500 employees) allows the company to offer fast support for its equipment located here

Location: Atlanta, United States

Atlanta Metro’s QTS facility has its own Georgia Power substation and direct fiber access to multiple carrier alternatives

It offers a variety of services, including colocation, dedicated data centers, and cloud services

The building has 46 support generators and 24 independent UPS systems

Electrical redundancy is achieved through 2 feeds from separate substations, which power 3 on-site 40MVA transformers

The facility also has an automated management system that manages critical power systems, and an automated control system that monitors air temperature, humidity, and water pressure

7 Utah Data Center

Location: Utah, United States

Utah Data Center was built to support the efforts of the Intelligence Community to monitor, protect, strengthen the nation’s security

900,000 square feet area used for technical support and administrative space

The remaining 100,000 square feet of the facility houses a mission-critical Tier III data center

The entire project (a complex of twenty large buildings) cost $15 billion

The data center is powered by parallel Cray XC30 supercomputers that can handle workloads in excess of 100 petaflops (100,000 trillion operations per second)

The building also includes a chiller plant, fire pump house, water treatment facility, 60 energy standby generators, visitor control center, power substation, and fuel facility for three days power backup

6 Lakeside Technology Center

Location: Chicago, United States

Digital Reality, an investment trust, operates more than 280 data center facilities totaling 35 million square feet of rentable space around the world

Its most impressive site, Lakeside Technology Center, is located at 350 East Cermak Road in Chicago

Today, it houses several types of data centers for financial companies

This includes 4 fiber vaults and 3 electric power feeds that provide the building with more than 100 megawatts of power

One of the unique features of this building is its cooling system, which is built using 85 million gallon tanks of refrigerated brine-like liquid

This large tank serves as a storage of thermal energy, which further reduces costs by running chillers during off-peak hours

5 Apple Mesa Data Center

Location: Arizona, United States

The Mesa Datacenter was originally developed by Tempe-based First Solar Inc In 2018, Apple revealed that it would spend $2 billion over the next decade to continue improving the facility

However, the company, known for its secrecy, would not share details about what happened inside the data center, citing security concerns

Apple calls this facility its global data command center, which employs 150 people working 10-hour shifts to monitor its operations data

To power the data center with green energy, Apple is building a 300-acre solar power plant in Florence, Arizona

It has a capacity of 50 MW, which is enough to power about 12,500 houses

It doesn’t make the data center 100% green but it offsets the power consumption in Mesa

Located near Cardiff in the West of Great Britain, CWL1 is the largest data center in Europe

CWL1 is currently the most efficient data center in the UK, with a low power usage effectiveness (PUE)

It has a 400 kV SuperGrid direct connection, a resilient generator, and a UPS system

Built to Tier III standards, the data center offers cloud hosting, private Data Halls, and colocation solutions at competitive prices

The facility also has tremendous growth potential with a wide selection of structural cages that support modular, shared suites

Blue Power Room, Switch TAHOE RENO 1 Citadel Campus

Location: Nevada, United States

The Citadel campus is built and owned by Switch, a Las Vegas-based company that develops and operates large data center facilities

Campus spaces are designed to exceed Tier IV standards

Its fiber network delivers nine millisecond latency to San Diego and Los Angeles, with a seven millisecond connection to the TAHOE RENO 1 data center on The Citadel Campus

With more than 260 patented technologies, Switch is one of the most innovative data center service providers

Integrated wiring system and thermal shield support apparatus for data centers

The data center also has a proprietary tri-redundant UPS power system and an always-on DDoS attack mitigation platform

Furthermore, Switch is the only company with a 100% Clean Energy Index

China Mobile’s data center is located in Inner Mongolia Information Park, Hohhot

With a service capacity of over 40,000 racks in a building of 720,000 square meters, it is one of the largest cloud computing data centers in the world

The entire facility was built on 106 hectares with an initial investment of $192 billion

It functions as a centralized operations support system, which provides enterprise services, centralized network management, and R&D for new technologies such as cloud computing and 5G

1 China Telecom Data Center

China Telecom, Inner Mongolia Information Park | Credit: hhhtnews

Location: Hohhot, China

Location: Hohhot, China

China Telecom has the largest internet data center in the world, and has secured more than 50% market share in the Chinese data center market

It has an extensive global network of over 400 data centers located in prime areas in Mainland China and overseas markets

Its main division in Inner Mongolia Information Park was built on 100 hectares, with an initial investment of $25 billion

This location was chosen for two main reasons:

Because Inner Mongolia is in the radiation belt of the Beijing-Tianjin economic circle, it is geographically convenient for data transmission and information services

Read: 5 Types of Data Centers [With Examples]

China Telecom’s data centers are widely used by telecommunications, cloud computing, and financial companies

Its cloud computing services are used by several tech giants (including Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent) as well as large companies and institutions

The company has established a ‘green’ data center policy to minimize energy consumption

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