DefenseSystems.com discusses the new NSA “spy” data center.
Work commences on $1B NSA 'spy' center
Cyber intelligence data center reportedly will support the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative
- By Henry Kenyon
- Jan 07, 2011
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke ground this week on a massive new National Security Agency cyber intelligence center in Utah. Located at Camp Williams, 25 miles south of Salt Lake City, the $1.2 billion facility — officially known as the Utah Data Center — will be responsible for collecting and aggregating incoming intelligence data.
According to USACE, the center will have 100,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space and more than 900,000 square feet of technical support and administrative space. Support facilities will include an electrical substation, a vehicle inspection facility and visitor control center, fuel storage, water storage, and a chiller plant. Camp Williams is a National Guard training site operated by the Utah National Guard.
Salt Lake City news, Desert News also writes about the employment #’s.
Utah's $1.5 billion cyber-security center under way
Published: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 1:10 a.m. MST
By Steve Fidel, Deseret News
CAMP WILLIAMS — Thursday's groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Agency data center is being billed as important in the short term for construction jobs and important in the long term for Utah's reputation as a technology center.
"This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during its construction and development phase," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on Wednesday. "Once completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent high-paid employees."
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Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Security Agency host a joint groundbreaking ceremony for the first Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (CNCI) Data Center Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Camp Williams. Construction of the $1.2 billion Data Center is scheduled to be completed in October 2013.
But, something doesn’t add up. 100 to 200 staff to support 100,000 sq ft of NSA type of white space is plausible. But, 900,000 sq ft for technical support and administrative space means there is 4,500 – 9,000 sq ft per employee.
What data center do you know of has 1/10 dedicated to white space and 9/10 for support?
Something doesn’t add up in terms of what is in the NSA “spy” data center unless there are a lot more people there.