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Switch To Build Largest Data Center In the World In Reno 62

An anonymous reader writes: Data center provider Switch is planning to build a huge facility in Reno, Nevada, which it claims will be the largest data center campus in the world once completed. Switch has said that the SuperNap Reno campus will cost $3bn when fully built. The project will include seven data center buildings of the same size, totaling 6.49mn sq. ft.
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Switch To Build Largest Data Center In the World In Reno

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  • Gonna turn Lake Tahoe into a giant hot tub?

    • by Z00L00K ( 682162 )

      Talk about "Single Point of Failure" in case something bad happens there - ranging from accident to terrorist action.

      • Even if you ignore the sexy disaster scenarios, it seems like they've still got a giant consumer of power and cooling stuck brilliantly in the part of the desert that is relatively poorly positioned for sunlight, gets fairly hot, and is going to be a bystander for the west's ever-exciting fights over water use for its entire operational life.

        It seems like a bit of a weird choice. Is Reno will positioned in terms of latency to various clusters of expected users? Did they get some sort of 'development ince
        • Huh? All of Nevada is well-positioned for sunlight. But as compared to, say, the wilds of Esmeralda County, Reno is a nice place to live. So why not locate a data center there?

          • by dbIII ( 701233 )
            The "hot" bit implies too much sunlight presumably.
            I'm curious as to what drove the choice of location since normally you'd want to sit something like this on as many fibre connections as you can find.
      • I bet you $5 that they build empty buildings and just load up everything to amazon web services.

      • by kmoser ( 1469707 )
        Don't tell anybody but this "data center" is really a fake, designed to lure attackers away from the real one which is in a secret location.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    In fact, forget the datacenter!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    What about the heat? California has already sucked us dry as it is. HELP!!

    • Trivial to get enough energy from solar to power air con units.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        For solar Vegas would be a better choice.

        Reno is in a valley, the floor doesn't get as much sunlight as it would if the region was flat. An extra hour or so of sunlight might seem trivial but in the long run it would add up.

        Another factor is that Reno, Hells, all of Nevada, is HOT in the summer months so cooling during those months will be really expensive. But during the winter it gets near/below freezing most of the time so the cost might average out over the year.

        Personally Reno would be the last plac

        • Nonsense. I lived in Reno many years ago. It's "high desert" - summertime extreme highs are in the low 90's, and it cools down to low 70's at night. The humidity is low year-round, as is precipitation. Sunshine is abundant. Linky. [usclimatedata.com] As to your slander of the residents, perhaps you should have spent more time hanging out with people NOT in the casino industry.
    • by Chas ( 5144 )

      You're probably thinking Vegas.

      Reno's much further north and closer to the mountains.

      Average temperatures are far lower.

      Still, as was pointed out, solar power in this area's still a good deal since they see about 40% sunshine throughout the year. There are months when this will be less, but those are also much cooler months of the year, when they can shunt outside air in.

      • by tomhath ( 637240 )
        Let's say 8 hours of useful sunshine a day, times 40% of days, gives an average of a little over three hours a day. Not much use.
        • by tomhath ( 637240 )
          And before someone jumps in ans says the panels will still generate electricity on a cloudy day, yes they do generate a small amount [oneroofenergy.com]. But only 15-30%, not enough to make much difference.
          • by Chas ( 5144 )

            The idea isn't necessarily for a *complete* offset. But, with enough solar area, they can put a dent in their power bill.

        • by Chas ( 5144 )

          No, that's 40% out of the total 8760 hours a year.
          That's, on average, 9.6 hours of sunlight a day. Longer in the summer, when they really need it for power. Shorter in the winter, when they don't need it as badly.

  • Its in Reno (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    "I'm gonna build my own data center, with blackjack and hookers!"

  • Not a lot of options left for nuclear power in the region, so solar & wind will be a good bet for efficient power generation.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    The biggest little server farm in the world

  • Has the environmental impact of such megalithic data centers (both of building one and running one) ever been computed ? Wait, you'd need another data center to... aw, sh***.
  • All they have to do is nuke Reno the week before Labor Day. Screw up I-80 that week and the Internet is f*k'd for quite a while.
  • And it'll be funded by the NSA, so you know it'll be good!

  • Be careful, the link to "thestack.com" appears to be polluted, and clicking it will attempt to download an 11.6G file.

  • There are so many wrong "facts" and conjectures here, I had to log in and correct them. I was born in Reno and raised nearby, and I've been in the area many times, unlike just about all of you.

    What is now an industrial park was formerly a ranch, and, despite being in the middle of a mountain range, has enough flat land within to allow all of this building. At the north end of this ranch is the Truckee River, along with runs Interstate-80 (old US Highway 400 and the Southern Pacific Railroad, the first tra

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