Who Has The World’s Largest Data Center?

When QTS announced its acquisition of a 1.2 million square foot facility in Richmond, Virginia for conversion into a data center, it renewed a debate that has been repeated with the unveiling of each new colossal server farm.

Who has the world’s largest data center? We’ve seen a lot of huge data centers in our travels, and have put together a special report identifying 10 that we believe are the largest found anywhere. These data fortresses range between 400,000 and 1 million square feet. So check out  Special Report: The World’s Largest Data Centers to see our list and our selection criteria, as well as some worthy contenders that didn’t make the final cut.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Hi! Just wanted to let you know that you missed the largest data center in the world, the @Tokyo data center in Tokyo, Japan. It's over 1.5 million square feet, large enough to have it's own train station (Shintoyosu station). It sits on a piece of land out in Tokyo Bay in the section of the city known as Odaiba. I had a chance to do some work there a couple years ago when Lehman had a lot of space there (my pictures of the data center are here http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkane/sets/72157623651979353/). Some more info on the @Tokyo data center can be found on the web: Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=tokyo&sll=40.692064,-73.974187&sspn=0.04972,0.090122&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Tōkyō+Metropolis,+Japan&ll=35.647702,139.790994&spn=0.00333,0.005633&t=h&z=18 http://www.jpix.ad.jp/en/service/site_info.html "The academic IX NSPIXP2 is located here.The total floor space in the building is 140,000 square meters which is the largest scale data center in the world."

  2. TomO

    What about the QTS site in Atlanta? It's 1M square feet, isn't it?

  3. Tom: QTS Atlanta is 990,000 SF, and second on the list.

  4. Good call Alex, the @Tokyo Data Centre is amazing!