The State of Utah just annexed 500 acres of land to facilitate the building of the National Security Agency's newest data center. The reason for this acquisition, to ensure the NSA data center is never cut off from its water source, which is used for cooling. One of the biggest challenges facing data centers today is cooling. Thousands upon thousands of servers and related computing devices, jammed into small spaces, generate a tremendous amount of heat. Naturally these electronic components are sensitive to overheating, so keeping them cool is of the utmost priority. Water plays a key role in cooling data centers. To ensure adequate cooling capability, those building new data centers tend to pick locations near uninterruptible water sources.
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