The World’s Largest Data Center – Here’s What We Know

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The Las Vegas-based technology ecosystems company, Switch, has recently opened the largest data center in the world just outside of the biggest little city in the world, Reno. Clocking in at 1.3 million square feet of data center space, the Tahoe Reno 1 complex is the first component in Switch’s plan to construct 7.2 million square feet of data center space on the site of its northern Nevada Citadel Campus. Prior to opening Tahoe Reno 1, Chicago’s Lakeside Technology held the title of the largest single data-center building at 1.1 million square feet.

Described as a cutting-edge fortress of security, speed, power and sustainability, the colocation facility is surrounded by a 20-foot solid concrete wall and connects to the Switch SUPERLOOP, a 500 mile, multi-terabyte fiber optic network that provides lightning speed connectivity to San Francisco, Los Angeles and the company’s 2.5 million square feet of data center spaces in Las Vegas. Delivering 130 megawatts of power capacity, Tahoe Reno 1 operates on 100% renewable energy. Greenpeace has given Switch its highest ranking for any class of company and Switch is the only data center company to receive an A grade in the environmental group’s annual Clicking Clean report.

Although Tahoe Reno 1 is an impressive facility on its own, at completion of the project the Reno campus will offer the following:

  • Up to 7.2 Million square feet of data center space designed to exceed Tier IV standards
  • Up to 650 MW of power using 100% renewable energy at a volume price of 4.9 cents per kWh
  • 10Gbps circuits at 4-millisecond latency to Silicon Valley/San Francisco via the Switch SUPERLOOP
  • 9-millisecond connection to Los Angeles via the Switch SUPERLOOP
  • Dedicated 7-millisecond fiber links to The Core Campus in Las Vegas via the Switch SUPERLOOP
  • Patented Switch SHIELD: dual independent roof decks rated to withstand 200 mph winds
  • 24/7/365 on-site network operations center (NOC), fire, safety and security

This is all good news for Switch clients which include some of the biggest names in tech, aerospace, entertainment, finance and healthcare including eBay, Boeing, Intel, Zappos, Time Warner Cable, Renown Health and Amazon Web Services.

So, what does all of this mean to Universal Air Filter besides the fact that Tahoe Reno 1 is now likely the largest single location of data center air filters? Due to the extensive amount of data traffic through a facility like Tahoe Reno 1, server reliability and up-time is extremely crucial. Equipment must operate consistently within an acceptable temperature range to avoid overheat shutdown because of a lack of sufficient wattage dissipation. UAF stands by our customers supplying servers, routers, switches, and storage devices within these critical environments by meeting air filtration needs with design support, free prototypes, standards compliance, and short lead times.

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