These huge data are stored in locations across the world known as Data Farms or Data Centers and they are the backbone of the data used on the internet.
Some are owned by companies for their own exclusive use while others are owned by companies and they provide storage and cloud services to other companies, government institutions and the military.
Below are some of the biggest of such data centers built in various places across the world.
1. Digital Reality Data Center, Chicago: This massive data center located in Chicago has a size of about 1.1 Million Sq. Ft. It is supported by more than 50 generators and uses about 8.5 million gallons of cooling fluids.
2. Quality Technology Data Center, Atlanta: This is a massive 990,000 Square ft. facility and is run by it's own on-site power station supported by 36 generators. In total it generates about 120 megawatts of electricity.
|Data Racks at QTC, Atlanta|
|NAP of Americas, Miami|
This data center can withstand a Category 5 hurricane hit. It is built to last.
4. Next Generation Data Center, Newport, Wales: This data center, owned by Microsoft, is a perfect example of a green data center because it does not use cooling towers and use less than 1 percent of the water volume used by other data centers. The size is about 550,000 sq. ft.
|Next Generation Data Center, Wales|
6. The NSA Data Center, Bluffdale, Utah: This data center is owned by the National Security Agency(NSA) of the United States and it costs $2 billion to set up. It is officially known as the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative(CNCI) and is known to be able to capture all forms of communication like phone calls, e-mails, Internet searches, online data etc.
|NSA Data Center, Utah|
7. Tulip Data Center, Bangalore, India: At more than 1 million sq. ft this is currently the largest functioning data center in Asia and the building and design was fully supported by IBM.
|Tulip Data Center, Bangalore|