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Biggest Co-Lo Sites

This Top Ten ranks the biggest Co-Location Sites around the world by square footage. These data centers power the need astounding amount of information used for telecommunications, cloud computing, and financial firms. 

 


 

#1: Digital Realty- Lakeside

1.1 Million square feet

1.1 Million square feet

Digital Realty manages over 145 sites across the globe that encompass almost 24 million square feet of data center properties. The 1.1 million square foot (roughly 23 football fields) Lakeside Technology Center located in Chicago, ranks #5 on The Wor ld’s Top Data Center list. The facility is large enough to cover an entire city block in the South Loop of the Central Business District.

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#2: Terremark- NAP of the Americas

750,000 square feet

750,000 square feet

This is Terremark’s flagship 750,000 square foot, Tier-IV facility. NAP of the Americas® is a purpose-built, carrier-neutral Network Access Point and is the only facility of its kind specifically designed to link Latin America with the rest of the world. Located in Miami, FL; it’s walls are 7” thick steel reinforced concrete, has the equipment floors 32’ above sea level and is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Additional features that ensure 99.999% uptime include: N+2 power, a roof with 19 million pounds of concrete for ballast and its slope designed to aid in drainage of floodwater in excess of 100-year storm intensity.

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#3: China Mobile- Hohhot

720,000 square feet

720,000 square feet

China Mobiles new Hohhot data center is roughly 720,000 square meters. And it is likely that with the advantages of the region like widely abundant power supply from hydroelectric and thermal power plants. With an average temperature of 43 degrees, its cool weather climate allows the data center free air cooling up to eight months out of the year. The region is also home to many key universities and research facilities, providing abundant local talent. Expect to see many companies follow China Mobile’s lead and develop facilities in Hohhot. 

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#4: Switch SuperNAP- Las Vegas

575,000

575,000

Data center provider Switch has a series of facilities headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada USA known as SUPERNAPs. The flagships of the facilities, SuperNAP 7 (525,000 sq./ft.) and SuperNAP 8 (290,000 sq./ft.) are currently in operation with SuperNAP 9 (575,000 sq./ft.) and SuperNAP 10 (240,000 sq./ft.) coming on line in 2015 & 2016. Including NAPs 1-6, Switch will have over 2.2M sq./ft. ready for production. To put this in perceptive that is over 9 New York City blocks.

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#5: China Unicom- Northwest

574,000 square feet

574,000 square feet

Following the trend  of Chinese companies of building new facilities in Hohhot, China Unicom’s northwest base has a total construction area of about 598,000 square meters, including 574,000 square meters above-ground and 24,000 square meters underground. The base will adopt unified planning and will be built in phases. China Unicom’s new base will be a large project, integrating a cloud computing center, an IDC data center, an EDC data center, a customer service call center, and a communications hub.

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#6: RagingWire- West Coast

500,000 square feet

500,000 square feet

RagingWire’s West coast data center in Sacramento, California encompasses 500,000 square feet of data center. Its distant location from the volatile San Andreas Fault lends this facility a distinct advantage over the majority of colocation data centers that call Silicon Valley home. With high capacity, carrier-neutral connectivity and 24x7x365 professional staff, RagingWire’s Sacramento facility is one of the  premier data centers in North America.   

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#7: Equinix-Sillicon Valley

448,500

448,500 square feet

Even bigger than Equinix’s Manhattan CoLo facility, the Silicon Valley sight is  comprised of seven different buildings with a combined 448,500 square feet of usable space.  With over 450+ companies collocated with Equinix at this location and access to 140+ network providers, this is Equinix’s largest facility in the world.  This sight is the largest retail colocation footprint with the densest interconnectivity in the Silicon Valley region.

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#8: DuPont Fabros- Ashburn, VA

@Tokyo Data Center

416,209 square feet

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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 #9: China Telecom- Guizhou Information Park

330,000 square feet

330,000 square feet

The China Telecom Cloud Computing Guizhou Information Park will cover an area of approximately (330,000 m2) and is located near the provincial capital of Guiyang. At 330,000 mthe new cloud computing facility is still nowhere near the size of the Range International Information Hub, a cloud datacentre under construction in Langfang, China that will span roughly 620,000 m(that’s bigger than the US Pentagon) when completed in 2016, but it will still be among the largest in the world and strongly suggests China Telecom has big ambitions for cloud computing and the enterprise market. 

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#10: TelX- Atlanta, Georgia

160,000 square feet

160,000 square feet

The TelX data center in Atlanta, Georgia is a 160,000 square foot data center, located in the heart of Atlanta.  Atlanta serves as a hub for transportation and global logistics and it is ranked 5th in overall employment nationally.  Home to 26 Fortune 1000 companies and global technology leaders with core disciplines in digital content and distribution, software publishing as well as internet security, the city of Atlanta has been named the nation’s 2nd most wired city and, significantly, as the most favorable U.S. city for data centers.

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