The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center Utah Data Center Press Conference - October 2009 Utah Data Center Industry Day Presentation (download) USACE Awards Contract to Build a Data Center at Camp Williams Utah NSA Awards Contract to MIDA for Supplying Utilities Infrastructure for Utah Data Center Balfour Beatty/DPR/Big-D Utah Data Center Project Website 2010 NSA budget request for Utah Data Center Phase One Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Utah Data Center Utah Data Center Groundbreaking Ceremony Opening Remarks State of Utah Approval Order: Installation of the New Utah Data Center Bluffdale City Planning Commission: UDC Water Requirements IBEW: Everybody is Working - A Data Center Rises in the Desert FY 2013 NSA Military Construction Budget Justification Documents Utah Data Center Facility Support Contract - Sept 2012 NSA spy center: Unsettling details emerge, but director denies allegations NSA Building Massive `Cloud' Center in Utah Desert (video) Safety or surveillance: What is the NSA's Utah Data Center? (video) IBEW Builds Top Secret Data Center (video) Surprise Visitors Are Unwelcome At The NSA's Unfinished Utah Spy Center (Especially When They Take Photos) NSA Groundbreaking Ceremony held for a second CNCI Data Center to be opened in 2016 at Fort Meade FOIA Request - NSA Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Planning Materials New University of Utah program prepares students to work at new NSA center Phone records could end up at NSA's Utah Data Center Utahns rally against data snooping programs, new NSA facility in Bluffdale Al Jazeera video: Biggest spy data centre to open in US state NSA's Utah Home Is A 1.5 Million Square Foot 'Spy Center' Video: "The Program" - Stellar Wind and the Utah Data Center Why the NSA put a data center in Utah NSA in Utah: Mining a mountain of data NSA Bluffdale Center won't gobble up Utah's power supply C-SPAN Video: NSA Utah Data Center White House petition to shut down the Utah Data Center Restore the Fourth Utah Protest Video: Protestors rally near NSA Data Center for 4th Amendment rights Hints surface that NSA building massive, pervasive surveillance capability NSA's Big Dig Blueprints Of NSA's Ridiculously Expensive Data Center In Utah NSA's Huge Utah Data Center: How Much Of Your Data Will It Store? Experts Disagree... Utah Data Center - New Facility. New Jobs. Apply Now. Booting Up: New NSA Data Farm Takes Root In Utah Shhh . NSA's Utah Data Center may be open already NSA security at Utah Data Center stops journalists from shooting video Meltdowns Hobble NSA Data Center The NSA's Hugely Expensive Utah Data Center Has Major Electrical Problems And Basically Isn't Working Anti-NSA group adopts highway to get close to Utah Data Center Utah Data Center Consortium Snap, crackle, pop: Electrical troubles shed light on NSA's data center NSA Failed to Disclose Construction Delays at $1.2 Billion Spy Compound NSA's Utah Data Center Suffers New Round Of Electrical Problems Contractors Fight Over Delays to NSA Data Center Dean-Fluor Utah Data Center Career Opportunities NSA Bumblehive Construction Project Status as of 10/31/2013 (See line 1127) Utah firefighters frequent visitors to NSA data center America Declassified Video: NSA Data Center Utah town gave NSA a deal on water Will Utah cut off the NSA data center's water? What Happens When the NSA Comes to Town Why Does the NSA Want to Keep Its Water Usage a Secret?
Utah Data Center
The Utah Data Center, code-named Bumblehive, is the first Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (IC CNCI) data center designed to support the Intelligence Community's efforts to monitor, strengthen and protect the nation. Our Utah "mission data repository" is designed to cope with the vast increases in digital data that have accompanied the rise of the global network.
NSA is the executive agent for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and is the lead agency at the center.
The 1.5 billion-dollar one million square-foot Bluffdale / Camp Williams LEED Silver facility houses a 100,000 sq-ft mission critical Tier III data center. The remaining 900,000 SF is used for technical support and administrative space. Our massive twenty building complex also includes water treatment facilities, chiller plants, electric substation, fire pump house, warehouse, vehicle inspection facility, visitor control center, and sixty diesel-fueled emergency standby generators and fuel facility for a 3-day 100% power backup capability.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Canceled
Sadly, due to the MASSIVE ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS at the Utah Data Center, we missed our scheduled September 24th completion date and had to cancel our dedication ceremony. We quietly uninvited our loyal partners at the local, state, and federal level who had the vision and fortitude to enable us to build this powerful Intelligence Community data center "for the good of the Nation".
Utah Data Center Administration Building
Learn More About Our Secret Surveillance Activities
In recent months, numerous Top Secret documents have been leaked to the media relating to surveillance activities carried out by our Intelligence Community.
In an effort to increase transparency, a new website called "IC OFF THE RECORD" was created to provide the American People
immediate, ongoing and direct access to these unauthorized leaks.
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Utah Data Center Technical Specifications
Data Storage Capacity
In February 2012, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert revealed that the Utah Data Center would be the "first facility in the world expected to gather and house a yottabyte".
Since then, conflicting media reports have also estimated our storage capacity in terms of zettabytes and exabytes. While the actual capacity is classified for NATIONAL SECURITY REASONS, we can say this: The Utah Data Center was built with future expansion in mind
and the ultimate capacity will definitely be "alottabytes"!
Code-Breaking Supercomputer Platform
The Utah Data Center is powered by the massively parallel Cray XC30 supercomputer which is capable of scaling high performance computing (HPC) workloads of more than 100 petaflops or
100,000 trillion calculations each second.
Our Current Target: 128-bit AES
The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm is used worldwide to encrypt electronic data on hard drives, email systems, and web browsers.
Computer experts have estimated it would take longer than the age of the universe to break the code using a trial-and-error brute force attack
with today's computing technology.
2014 Status of the Utah Data Center
We are happy to report that we "dodged a bullet" recently when President Obama gave his January 17th speech on NSA "reforms". We were all ready to provide complete transparency about the current operating status of the Utah Data Center, but happily now it looks like we won't have to! Instead, we are providing this nice wintry collection of recent photos of our data center:
Work at the Utah Data Center
Are you interested in a career in Domestic Surveillance? Check out our Utah Data Center jobs page for exciting employment opportunities.
Operating the Utah Data Center
It takes a large dedicated team to keep a data center up and running. Here are just some of the positions staffed by contractors at the UDC:
Responsible for mechanical systems, to include chiller plants, cooling distribution, cooling towers, water treatment, air handler units, generator plants, and fuel distribution systems. More details
Responsible for Real Time Database and SCADA network. More details
High Voltage Electrician
Install or repair electrical equipment such as generators, transformers, switchboards, controllers, circuit breakers, motors, heating units, conduit systems, or other transmission equipment. More details
Responsible for the facility Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. More details
Controls Engineer/Electrical Systems Operator
Operate and maintain the Data Center's Electrical Systems providing oversight and incorporating SCADA and EMCS control system changes. More details
Facilities Control Center Watch Officer
Plan and manage operations, maintenance and all other activities for assigned shift at a 24-hour data center facility to ensure safe, compliant, and productive operations. More details
Fuel Distribution Operator
Responsible for the fuel oil receiving, storage, and distribution system. More details
Responsible for developing, implementing and administering quality programs and plans affecting compliant and reliable operations. More details
Provides technical support for data center asset management system by performing all database administrative duties. More details
Installs, modifies and repairs utility, supply, and disposal systems, and equipment, such as water; mains, oil and gas distribution systems, air compression equipment, water closets, as well as all type of fire protection equipment. More details
Instrumentation & Electrical Technician
Performs routine maintenance, installation and integration of various types of process control instrumentation equipment such as transmitters, controllers, integrators, recorders, square root extractors and final drive elements. More details
The Utah Data Center keeps watch 24 hours a day
What's Being Said About the Utah Data Center on Twitter
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Utah Data Center Site Plan
The site plan below shows the location of the administration building, chiller plant, data halls, generators, fuel storage tanks, storage warehouse, power substations, visitor control center, and vehicle inspection facility. View the full-size Utah Data Center Site Plan
Utah Data Center Construction Photos: March 2012 - June 2013
October 2013 - Southern end of the Utah Data Center facility
The Utah Data Center - On the Map
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