Datacenter for the paranoid

Datacenter for the paranoid

Summary: The NSA breaks ground on their next-generation datacenter.

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It looks like it's time to start prepping the tinfoil hats and preparing for the black helicopters. Not to mention adding 512-bit encryption to all your tweets and Facebook posts. The NSA will soon be ready to come after everyone electronically with the groundbreaking of their new 1,000,000 square foot datacenter in Utah.

The disinformation has already started with various news articles reporting the cost of the project as either $1.2 or $1.5 billion dollars, and civilian contractors (the project is being overseen by the US Army Corp of Engineers) being quoted as saying "we can't talk about it."  Fortunately US Senator Orrin Hatch, who represents the state of Utah, where the project is being constructed on a 240 acre site within the Camp Williams training facility, isn't quite so reticent saying "This country defends itself against cyber-attacks every day. It's an arena where we need to defend ourselves" going on with "This center will support the effort to better understand that threat."

As to why the facility is being built in Utah, there was apparently a detailed selection process using over 130 criteria that determined this was the best location, though US Army Corp of Engineers Brigadier General Peter Deluca was quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune as saying there are "at least 50 perfect states to build a data center."

I'm really hoping that was a tongue-in-check comment. Sort of like my lead paragraph.

The datacenter itself will utilize 100,000 sq. ft. within the facility, with the rest of the space housing other NSA and civilian employees presumably focused on cyber warfare issues, though some sources have stated that this is strictly a technical facility with no plans for analysts on-site.  Harvey Davis, associate director of installations for the NSA, described the hardware going into the datacenter component of the facility as being the essence of the NSA's work. The datacenter is considered part of the Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative.

The facility is scheduled to go online in October 2013, a timeline that includes not only building the datacenter itself but also the power, and presumably networking, infrastructures needed to support the undertaking.

Topics: Hardware, Data Centers, Storage

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  • RE: Datacenter for the paranoid

    SHHH!!!! It's a secret.
    james347
    • RE: Datacenter for the paranoid

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  • Data mining

    More like a massive data mining center for all that warrantless surveillance they've been up to.
    guihombre
    • RE: Datacenter for the paranoid

      @guihombre that's old news theyve been running "Carnivore" for 30 years
      cwousn3@...
      • Not so old

        They legalized what ATNT did, they got new SWIFT data access to Euro bank transfers, I bet there's 4 or 5 new major data streams we don't know about.

        So a massive new center to store and mine that surveillance data would be expected.

        Certainly not any of that terrorist cyber-clap trap, Hatch is pitching.
        guihombre
    • RE: Datacenter for the paranoid

      @guihombre

      You're out of touch, that's been in place for years now, and it's spread across more than 20 datacenters. It's a major revenue source for HP and IBM Federal.
      terry flores
  • RE: Datacenter for the paranoid

    Orrin Hatch doesn't know the meaning of "security" or "classified" - within a day or two of 9/11 he was all over the place blurting out classified information that could easily have been of use to al Qaeda...
    fairportfan
  • Whoa!!! So Called Fiction Daja Vu.

    So something like 'Digital Fortress' by Dan Brown came come true? (With the right over-confident people - who knows.)<br>Well, here wishing nothing harmful to anyone.
    cpuguy1
    • More like the Hive from Resident Evil

      @cpuguy1

      or maybe even "Colossus, the Forbin Project"
      terry flores
    • No Deja Vu

      @cpuguy1
      things like this have allways been around in one form or another, so it is not a matter of "if", but more appropriatelly a matter of "when".
      Tim Cook
  • I think you're ALL paranoid.

    Pot calling the kettle black, eh?
    tomogden
    • RE: Datacenter for the paranoid

      @tomogden

      "Just because you are paranoid it doesn't mean that they are not out to get you."


      ;)
      David Chernicoff
  • RE: Datacenter for the paranoid

    Where do I apply?
    killingthemonkey
  • RE: Datacenter for the paranoid

    The U. S. government doesn't know how many data centers they have, nor money spent, nor purpose for these centers. This became an issue when cloud computing became the holy grail for cutting service cost by decoupling disparate data centers. Ironically, the U. S. Air Force linked together 1700 Sony Play Station 3 processors and 168 general purpose graphical processing units in creating a supercomputer, named "Condor Cluster". This system is available to all DOD customers on a a shared basis. The question U. S. taxpayers should be asking is why do we need another one?
    hebrwn