Inside 5 Of America’s Largest Data Centers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mark O'Neill 09-11-2011

Inside 5 Of America's Largest Data Centers [INFOGRAPHIC] datacenterAs the Internet takes over more and more of our daily lives, and more of our data heads to the cloud, then bigger data centers are a necessity to handle all of that information and web space. Gone are the days of text-only pages. Today we have busy interactive pages with businesses demanding guaranteed 24 hour uptime. In order to guarantee that uptime, web hosting companies have had to invest lots more money in their data centers.


Our infographic today comes courtesy of It gives a good rundown of the 5 biggest data centers in the United States, the biggest being the Lakeside Technology Center in Chicago, which needs 50 diesel generators to power it and is the second largest power customer after O’Hare Airport. Microsoft has its own one which powers Bing, XBox Live and Hotmail, while the third largest in Atlanta hosts Twitter.

But what I find surprising is the total absence of Google from this infographic. Where are their data centers? Don’t they rank in the top 5? Any ideas? If so, let us know in the comments below.

Inside 5 Of America's Largest Data Centers [INFOGRAPHIC] 5 top data centers

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  1. Mrs. Arthur Dent
    November 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Actually, Google defies the known laws of physics. Those 8 centers are collectively known as the Googleplex for the sheer quantity of data housed inside them. The number in written notation is actually bigger than the universe.

    This has prompted a new definition in terms of computer data sizing: the paradoxically immeasurable measure of a "Googlebyte." But because Google knows all the answers to life, the universe, and everything, in simplified notation this number is written as 42. ;-)

    • Tina
      November 13, 2011 at 10:42 am


      I have been noticing your comments for months. If only you didn't use a mailinator address, you would have won a MakeUseOf T-Shirt long ago! :)

  2. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Google distributes their data amongst 8 centers. Learn more at

  3. Me
    November 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Hire the best and follow the bread-crumbs.
    They take more than one person to manage, so there's a handful of people who know. It's just unlikely that will be leaked anytime soon, legitimately.

  4. Anonymous
    November 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Google don't let people know how many servers etc they have.