In the last Digital Den, I asked  “How Important Are Your Photographs?” Given that Facebook has over 140 billion photos, it made me wonder a bit about what’ll happen if an online repository like Facebook someday shuts down.

One thought led to another which then made curious to learn a bit more about data center usage, who’s the biggest, where are they located, etc.  I found some interesting information that I wanted to share.  First, let’s take a look at the 5 largest data centers in America.

To be honest, I was a bit surprised by this; especially that Facebook or Google didn’t make the cut. (They’re probably numbers 6 and 7.) So this made me dig a little deeper to see where some of the other social portals may rank and I came across this interesting graphic highlighting data center usage. You can see the full graphic below, but here are some key highlights:

So who cares about data centers? Pretty much everyone.  The data center is the core of our digital lifestyle whether we use it for photographs, videos, music or something as simple as saving a term paper to the cloud.

 

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