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  •  It represents what a city of about 12,000 people.. (9+ / 0-)

    ...would use. Perhaps in Utah more like 20,000 since they don't water gardens so much.  Still, it is significant.

    What I don't get is how the NSA brains didn't address this issue before they planned the data center there.  They should have talked to the local authorities. Their arrogance and lack of forethought is the main issue IMO. Scary.

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    by Shockwave on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 04:36:07 PM PDT

    •  They wanted to straddle the trunks from 80 & 84 (8+ / 0-)

      All of the Pacific's phone lines head east and west through there. They should have chosen Hanford-powered A/C as opposed to water cooling towers, but then they would lose everything in an outage.

      They can't produce enough power for A/C, so would have to shut it all down in an outage or cook slowly.

      If you look on Google Earth at the facility, it is quite obvious that they (didn't redact the photo) used large water cooling systems at either end of the campus. These systems are easily backed-up by diesels that can direct-drive the coolers. Note each cooling system has a large tower pressure tank.

      At the Northern end is their generational facilities. Their two fuel tanks sit out in the open with hills looking over them.

      A bilateral design, probably reflecting the redundancy that continues throughout the campus.

      Wow, I would have loved to be the General Contractor that wasted no effort in the design. Whoever they were, they made bank for nothing.

      If I can find single points of failure from the free aerial recon of Google....

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      by ToKnowWhy on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 05:04:28 PM PDT

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