5 Cool Facts About Data Centres

Servers to the internet are like air to humans.

Everything on the web is hosted on a server. Servers to the internet are like air to humans – you can’t really see it but you can’t live without it. So we decided to pay respect to these invisible heroes with a short list of facts about servers and their cosy data centres.

  1. 160 million gallons of water went into cooling Apple’s data centres around the world during 2015, according to the technological giant.

Folks, that’s about 1/5th of what new yorkers consume DAILY in drinkable water. It’s also over 3 million times your average fish tank.

  1. $730,000 is the average cost of a single data centre outage today. The Delta Airlines lost nearly $150 million due to а data centre outage.

In comparison, that’s about 6,000 years worth of Netflix subscriptions.

  1. 70% of the web hosting market is held by the largest cloud provider in the world - Amazon Web Services. The largest cloud provider in the world is Amazon Web Services.

In 2015 Amazon Web Services disclosed that it has over 1 million active customers every month in over 190 countries. In the last quarter of the same year, AWS has a run rate of 9.6 billion.

  1. 9 years is the average lifespan of a data centre, according to Host.AG.

The hosting provider Host.AG deployed its first servers in 2014 in its EU-based data centre and has been using state-of-the-art technologies since.

  1. 200 goats have been employed by Google to mow the grass surrounding their HQ and data centres.

Google is notorious for its innovative/wacky ideas and ‘laid back’ practices. We only hope the goats are also covered for dental.

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