NSA Spying a Boon to Data Centers


The U.S. government’s desire to spy on citizens is helping to fuel an unprecedented growth in data centers around the U.S.

The National Security Agency is opening a new $1.2 billion data center in Utah later this year, which some experts believe will play a key role in the controversial program to analyze call data from Verizon customers. A 2012 cover story in Wired labeled the project the “country’s biggest spy center.”

But government spy bases are only one element driving demand for data center sites, which experts list as one of the fastest growing sectors in the industrial space. The movement toward cloud computing, as well as the increasing business of compiling and correlating data on customers, are creating a need for high-tech data “farms.”


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