This Image of the NSA's Utah Data Center Was Taken From the EFF's Blimp

At the end of June, a coalition led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation trolled the NSA by air, hiring a huge blimp to hover over the agency's new data center in Utah. Now, the EFF has released a huge image of the high-security center. It's both banal and terrifying. » 7/09/14 7:35pm 7/09/14 7:35pm

A Nuclear Bunker With Its Own Hospital and BBC Studio Can Be Yours

Nuclear bunkers have fallen out of fashion in recent years, but that doesn't mean you can't transform one into a delightful bed and breakfast. This bunker in Scotland is currently up for sale and even includes a fascinating history: It's situated on a former POW camp. » 3/10/14 1:20pm 3/10/14 1:20pm

The NSA Would Like Your Sewage

When residents of Howard County, Maryland, flush their toilets, their sewage will soon end up at the NSA's new computer center several miles away. Collecting and storing so much data has been generating a whole lotta heat for the NSA—we mean this quite literally—and the agency's now buying treated wastewater to cool… » 1/06/14 9:40am 1/06/14 9:40am

Microsoft Wants to Power Its Data Centers With Fuel Cells

Data centers are some of the most power-hungry pieces of infrastructure that exist today, but Microsoft has plans to make them a little greener—by powering its racks with built-in fuel cells. » 11/13/13 6:30am 11/13/13 6:30am

Facebook's Data Center Humidity "Challenge" Was Indoor Rain

In 2011 Facebook reported that their first data center in Prineville, OR had a high humidity issue. Probably not the best condition for servers, sure. But it turns out that wonky temperature controls were actually causing condensation in the data center. Like indoor rain. Like it was literally raining in the server… » 6/09/13 12:00pm 6/09/13 12:00pm

What's Apple Doing With This Mystery Building?

North Carolina: home of BBQ, beaches, and Apple's gi-freaking-normous data center. It's where iCloud lives, and maybe Siri! And now the company is putting the finishing touches on a new center. Why? Nobody really knows. So Wired checked it out. » 8/02/12 12:00pm 8/02/12 12:00pm

Dell's Tactical Data Center Puts a Server Room In A War Zone

It's not just the bullets that are getting smarter. As the US military pushes for deeper technological integration in its fighting forces, more and more bandwidth and computing power will be needed to keep everything connected. Dell's new self-contained server rooms will turn even the most remote Forward Operating… » 7/18/12 11:30am 7/18/12 11:30am

Apple and Greenpeace Trade Blows in Data Center Grudge Match

Call it the battle of Maiden. This week, Apple and Greenpeace traded very public barbs over how much clean power is used by Apple's $1 billion state-of-the-art data center in Maiden, North Carolina. » 4/19/12 7:11am 4/19/12 7:11am

Data Centers Will Be Manned By Engineers Sleeping in These Pods During…

The Olympics is all about grand feats of athletic prowess and endurance demonstrated by its competitors. But for the folks behind the scenes, it's hardly a party. In fact, engineers running data centers around the Olympics will be sleeping in these tiny pods next to their computers the whole time. » 4/12/12 11:40am 4/12/12 11:40am

Apple's New Data Center Is Powered by the Sun

This is Apple's new data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Unlike most power-hungry centers, this won't be gobbling up energy from the grid: it's going to be powered by the sun. If you can't get your products made 100 per cent ethically, at least you can try and be eco-friendly, right? » 2/21/12 6:42am 2/21/12 6:42am

Facebook's Oregon Data Center Uses As Much Power As The Entire County…

Data centers are power-hungry, and Facebook's Oregon center in Crook County is no exception, using 28MW. While that's fairly standard, it has doubled the power use of the county. » 1/31/12 6:30am 1/31/12 6:30am

Facebook Data Center Goes Arctic For Chilling Effect

When you think of Facebook you don't exactly think 'environmentally friendly'. All those data centres burning through electricity, powering your virtual social lives. Facebook's first push out of the US might be a tad kinder to the environment, using Arctic cooling. » 10/27/11 7:20am 10/27/11 7:20am

Google Uses More Power Than Salt Lake City

Google just announced that its data centers use 260 million watts to power Google searches, YouTube videos, Gmails, ads and so on and so on. That's about a quarter of the output of a freaking nuclear power plant. Or more power than Salt Lake City uses. » 9/08/11 3:20pm 9/08/11 3:20pm

AppleInsider Rumor Purports Apple iCloud Runs on Microsoft, Amazon…

The enemy of my enemy is my data center server provider, or something. Anyway, rumor says Apple is using Microsoft and Amazon servers to power iCloud. How cozy! [AppleInsider] » 9/04/11 3:00pm 9/04/11 3:00pm

Google's Data Centers Use Less Electricity Than You Think

Google has never been upfront about its electricity usage, but with all those data centers, its power consumption was expected to be enormous. Apparently, these estimates have been off, way off. » 8/01/11 11:11pm 8/01/11 11:11pm

You Can Finally Check Out Apple's Data Center on Google Earth

We already knew what Apple's 500,000sq/ft iCloud data center looked like thanks to some sneaky filming, but if you were to previously type in "6081 Startown Road" to Google Maps, you'd see nothing but green fields. Until now. » 6/01/11 9:06am 6/01/11 9:06am

What's Apple's Other Giant New Data Center For?

Apple's ginormous data center in North Carolina has—or had?—been shrouded in mystery for some time now. But did you know that they just inked a deal on another iData haven, nearly as big, in SoCal? But what for? » 5/18/11 5:32pm 5/18/11 5:32pm

Apple Nabs Microsoft's Data Center Chief for...?

We're still assuming Apple's gargantuan North Carolina data center is for some kind of cloud magic, but now we might know who the wizard is charge could be: newly hired data-master Kevin Timmons, stolen from Microsoft. [All Things D] » 4/14/11 3:25pm 4/14/11 3:25pm

Old Couple Sells Apple Their House for $1.7million for its iTunes Cloud

When Apple asks to buy your farm, there's your chance to apply the "big corporation tax." The Fulbright family asked for $1.7m when Apple fancied their acre of land adjacent to their iTunes data center in North Carolina. » 10/05/10 6:25am 10/05/10 6:25am