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Americas Size Rankings

This Top Ten takes into account the largest data centers by square footage for the Americas. These data centers host an astounding amount of information used for telecommunications, cloud computing, and financial firms. Although the Americas have numerous impressive facilities, they are no where near the size of those data centers found in the APAC region.

 


 

 #1: Digital Realty- Lakeside 

1.1 Million square feet

Located in Chicago, spanning a total of 1.1 million square feet the Lakeside Technology Center shares the top spot on the list for the largest data centers in the United States. The former printing press for the yellow pages was transformed into a telecom business in 1999 now holds over 50 generators as well as an 8.5 million gallon used to power the building along with keeping it cool.

 

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#2: NSA- Bumblehive

1.1 Million square feet

The NSA Bluffdale data center shares the top spot in the Americas for largest data centers boasting 1.1 million square feet of space available. 900,000 square feet is designated to hold technical support along with administrative space while the rest of the compound is used for actual data center space. The purpose of the data center is to allegedly track “all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and internet searches, as well as all types of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter’.” This sort of information lent the data center to be known as “the symbol of the spy agency’s surveillance prowess”

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#3: QTS Metro- Atlanta, GA

970,000 square feet

Landing the third spot on our list the QTS Atlanta Metro center stands at 970,000 square feet with over 530,000 square feet of data center footprint. This massive facility features its own on-site Georgia Power substation and direct fiber access to a wide variety of carrier alternatives.

 

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#4: IO New Jersey- Edison, NJ

830,000 square feet

With the 4th spot on our list the former New York Times printing press now transformed into the largest modular data center in the Americas stands at 830,000 square feet. Because of its modular technology the data center has the capability of running immediately after completion. One of the data center’s biggest advantages is its location, i/o New Jersey is located next to a large power switching station, and has in-place fiber optic connectivity from two of the largest IP backbones in the world.

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#5: Terremark Worldwide- Miami, FL

750,000 square feet

Located in Miami, the NAP of the Americas data center stands at 750,000 square feet of total data center footprint and has been in operation since 2001.The six story facility was built to withstand a hurricane and has become a connectivity hub for Southeastern United States as well as Latin America.More than 160 networks converge at the building, creating a major connectivity ecosystem. The three large globes on the roof of the facility house two 16-meter satellite dishes and a 14-meter dish to provide backup connectivity for mission-critical customers should the facility ever lose its fiber feeds.

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 #6: Microsoft- Chicago, IL

700,000 square feet

The new Microsoft data center in Chicago lands the 6th spot on our list with its 700,000 square foot center which doesn’t quite fit the normal look of these data centers. The first floor of the building is built to accommodate for 40 foot storage containers which are packed with web servers. The second floor of the complex houses traditional raised-floor data space.

 

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#7: IO- Phoenix, AZ

538,000 square feet

Notching the 7th spot on our top ten i/o Phoenix with its 538,000 square foot complex is not only home to a data center but also their main headquarters. The size of the data center is not its only highlight, but instead its main innovation includes its rooftop solar panels which can supply up to 4.5 megawatts of energy for the data center.

 

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#8: Apple- Maiden, NC

500,000 square feet

Earning the 8th spot on the list Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina data center spans a total of 500,000 square feet making it the largest of Apple’s data centers. The data center is estimated to hold anywhere from 95,000 to 120,000 web servers. The facility is expected to help finish the missing piece of their iCloud puzzle.

 

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#9: Microsoft- Quincy, WA

470,000 square feet

Coming in 9th place the Microsoft Quincy data center totals 470,000 square feet and houses the equipment powering Microsoft’s new Windows Azure cloud developer platform. The center has the storage capabilities of holding 3.7 trillion photos which needless to say is quite a bit of storage capacity.

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#10: DuPont Fabros- Ashburn, VA

416,209 square feet

Rounding out the end of our list at #10 the Loudoun Metro Data Center in Ashburn Virginia will span 416,209 square feet and will be operated by DuPont Fabros adding to their already half dozen locations in the area. This complex will be the largest by far and will add to the productivity of other data centers in that location.

 

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