Power fluctuations prevent another NSA data center

For even more surveillance, the US secret service NSA wants to put a new billion-dollar data center in Utah into operation, but technical problems prevent that, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The data center in Utah wanted to use the US secret service NSA already in September, but technical problems prevent the start. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), power surges are said to have damaged devices worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The first cases occurred in August 2012, since then followed nine further incidents. A project associate describes the glitches as "lightning in a 60-centimeter box." According to the WSJ, they melt metal and cause explosions. The causes of the system errors are currently being investigated. There is still disagreement about the suitability of the previous solutions.

The opening of the new data center should be delayed by one year. Once completed, the plant will consume 65 megawatts of electricity per month. This could also provide a city with 20,000 inhabitants for one month. The electricity-only cost is $ 1 million a month. According to WSJ, construction has cost $ 1.4 billion so far. Add to that the cost of the Cray supercomputers.

The storage capacity in the NSA Data Center is said to go down to the zettabyte range. One zettabyte equals one billion terabytes. The currently available hard drives have a maximum size of 4 terabytes.