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Some fun facts about data centres

There's no doubt that big data plays a huge role in our lives as well as the operations of millions of businesses. Such data is being stored in data centres and in fact, such facilities are the backbone of what we are able to do with these data.

But just how big data is? You'll be surprised to know if you read the following fun facts to get just a glimpse of how extensive data centre industry has penetrated in our lives and the amount of money and energy which is spent on it:

  • A large data centre has a capacity to use as much electricity as a small town in the United States.
  • The power density of a data centre is 100 times more than that of a large commercial office building and is equivalent to 9 small-sized shopping malls of Wal Mart or Tesco size.
  • In a study conducted ?way back? in 2011, nearly 40% of large companies were expected to exceed IT capacity within 18 months. In 2014, capacity is expected to be reached much sooner than that.

And now a little about the big guys:

  • Google has around 900,000 servers in all its data centres based in world. The company's data centres use around 260 million watts of power which accounts to 0.01% of global energy. This power is enough to consistently power 200,000 homes.
  • Amazon Web Services has around 40,000 servers dedicated to its cloud customers and gets around 17 million monthly visitors who access 410TB of data from its platform.
  • With over 1 billion users and 100,000 individual servers, Microsoft has spent approximately $23 million on its data centres. In 1989, Microsoft came up with its first data center which was 89,000 square feet. In 2006, they designed their own data center with 500,000 square feet and in 2013, built a $112 million facility.

Amazing, right?


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