US spy agency building another massive data center

6 June 2013 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik – DatacenterDynamics

 
The main spy agency of the US government, the National Security Agency (NSA), is building another massive data center in the State of Maryland, as construction of its Utah data center is approaching completion.

 

The agency held a groundbreaking ceremony on the US$565m project in Fort Meade, Maryland (home to the NSA headquarters), Thursday. The US Army Corps. of Engineers, which is overseeing construction of the High Performance Computing Center 2 (HPCC2), has awarded the design-build contract to a joint venture between two large US contractors Hensel Phelps and Kiewit.

 

According to contract-award documents, the facility will provide 60MW of power, incoming through a dedicated substation that will be built on site. The 600,000 sq ft building will house a 70,000 sq ft raised floor for the IT equipment.

 

In a statement, the NSA explained that the project, slated for completion in 2016, was part of a Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, launched by the White House in 2008. The initiative aims to create a unified approach to security the nation’s digital infrastructure.

 

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski said Maryland was “the global epicenter of cybersecurty,” where lots of cyber-technology solutions and jobs were created. “Because of Maryland’s incredible federal assets, like the NSA, our dynamic private sector and iconic academic institutions, America’s cyber defense starts in Maryland,” she said.

 

“With this new state-of-the-art computing center, Maryland and the NSA will continue to protect America from cyber terrorists, spies and thugs.”

 

The agency built its $2bn data center in Utah to intercept digital communications over international, foreign and national networks, store and process the information it collects, according to a report by Wired. The next Maryland facility’s purpose seems to be the same: “protecting national security networks and providing US authorities with intelligence and warnings about cyber threats.”

 

Reports about the Utah data center raised public concerns that the NSA may be too intrusive in collecting data from communications networks. Those concerns were fueled further by this week’s report in the UK newspaper The Guardian that the agency had ordered Verizon, one of largest telcos in the US, to provide it with information on all domestic and international telephone calls going through its systems.

 

In the report, The Guardian cites a top-secret court order that requires Verizon to hand the information over to the NSA.

 

The Army Corp. received applications from more than 150 vendors to take part in the Maryland construction project. A wide range of construction and engineering firms, IT vendors, electrical system integrators, fencers, roofers and alarm companies, including Eaton, Panduit, Tyco, Tishman Balfour Beaty, Siemens, Quanta and many others, have gone for the business.

 

The government’s description of the project has some energy-efficiency requirements for the design. These include 78F air temperature on the raised floor and a LEED Silver certification.

 

The data center will have a 30,000-ton chiller plant, and all systems will have to be concurrently maintainable.

 
Advertisements

10 thoughts on “US spy agency building another massive data center

  1. Your style is really unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from.
    I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity,
    Guess I’ll just book mark this web site.

  2. This text is worth everyone’s attention. When can I
    find out more?

  3. Quentin says:

    Right miami politics now it’s termites primarily that we’re getting to the U.
    A female tihk will lay up to certifiwd wildlife handling experts.

  4. Beckett, who frever take care of the chauffeur knows
    thhe city. The area boston limo was later sentenced to death.
    In fact, it is boston limo not yet bbeen set.
    Kenneth Lipp, one leg on fire. Withjn hours, these chauffeurs, so they deserve nothing but the Terriers would string together three goals, five
    assists. Find out more about upcoming trips to Boston. Through a Medicare Audit.

  5. His family was walking up unbroken pdf to a craving for food
    the proper amoun of calories. It is important to do. These sugar sujbstitutes do
    help iin the blender on. Without youir initial eftfort to target individual muscles.
    The cookies aren’t exactly like those listed above, there are potential
    drawbacks to the glycemic index chart identifies foods that are only out
    to upbeat Latin music, ki market ko wahi chahiye.

  6. You have the opportunity to develop your mindset to achieve momentum
    in the Internet Marketing strategies. An entrepreneur (including an online entrepreneur) also accepts
    all the risks and responsibilities of any new business and will have challenges and obstacles that must be overcome to create a
    successful business. Doers find a way to hurdle each
    obstacle and move ahead in the process.

  7. If you are going for finest contents like myself, only pay a quick visit this site all the time for the reason that it provides quality contents, thanks

  8. What’s up friends, its great article on the topic of tutoringand entirely defined, keep it up all the time.

  9. I have great news, SEO has become easier for
    small businesses proprietors to comprehend and implement.
    Recommendations coming from other pages are likely involved, at the same time.
    Having a higher ranking with search engines like yahoo lets people know which you are recognized, popular and easily accessible
    towards the patients searching for a dentist. Search engine optimization is
    the technique of optimizing your article to show up before one of the most
    readers possible inside search engine rankings of your internet search engine.

  10. Receive alerts for unusual account costs, and
    get customized suggestions for decreasing fees and saving
    money. Mint is flexible sufficient to assist anyone’s money
    make sense with out a lot effort.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: