The internet is a large place. A question on a person’s mind concerning the internet may be, “where is the internet?” While the internet is not a physical space per se, the information contained within it does. The space needed for this information is growing at a rapid rate. This information is contained in large Data Centers in the United States, and throughout the world. They hold the computers, servers, and services needed to deliver this information to consumers and professionals.

Data Centers use vast amounts of resources in the same way that traditional office buildings do. These resources include backup power supplies, air conditioning, fire suppression and security devices. In fact, data centers use 14% of the global footprint of the ICT sector. They can use as much electricity and resources as a small town, and with that, they bring pollution to the areas they are in. Large data centers have 100 times the power density of a large office building.

Some of the largest software and internet companies- Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, use data centers throughout the world to hold the information they present to consumers and professionals. For these companies it is essential to have business continuity for their products and services. It is extremely important for them to utilize modern and capable facilities for their internet data needs. Some data centers were created exclusively for the use of a single company. However, there are many that have carrier neutrality and hold data for numerous internet companies.

[Infographic Via: Papaki]