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NSA, Army Corps of Engineers break ground on new National Guard data center

By Donna Donowitz
January 20, 2011
In a recent gathering at the Camp W.G. Williams National Guard Post on the border of Salt Lake and Utah County, the National Security Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke ground on a new data center. The $1.2 billion project will lead to the construction of a 1 million square foot data center, the largest Department of Defense project currently active in the country.

State Senator Orrin Hatch said the project will bring between 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs to the region during the construction process, eventually employing between 100 and 200 full-time, high-paid employees when the construction has been completed. The new data center is being designed with state-of-the-art technologies designed to support intelligence activities.

"In an era when our nation and its allies are increasingly dependent on the integrity of information and systems supported, transmitted or stored in cyberspace, it is essential that that space is as resilient and secure as possible," said NSA deputy director John Inglis.

Inglis said the facility will be operated in a public-private partnership that is entirely supported by the U.S. federal government. He said the Department of Homeland Security will head the data center's day-to-day operations, working with the various federal, state, local and private representatives working in the facility.

According to Brigadier General Peter DeLuca, the new data center will be a critical part of operations for the military. The facility's very nature, being constructed by the Corps of Engineers and operated in partnership between agencies, private citizens and other government groups is reflective of the teamwork associated with the military, he said. The Baltimore and Sacremento district teams of the Corps of Engineers are working together to complete the contracting, project management, design management and review portions of the construction.

Businesses are increasingly investing in new state-of-the-art data centers in an effort to prepare for advanced technologies on the horizon. Recently, Elliptical Mobile Solutions announced it will be deploying new micro-modular data centers in Israel. The data centers feature traditional 19-foot racks, but are designed to be deployed in just weeks. Furthermore, the modular design makes it easier to scale the data center based on changing needs. This also makes it easier to change network and storage infrastructure without impacting other systems.


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