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Utah Data Center Background 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.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: tanka418
Its stored in the multiple server farms located throughout our respective nations at various locations known or otherwise for around 30 days while being scrutinized by bot like programs which flag pertinent information which is then passed along to a human operator/technician should the need arise.
How much data will a 1.5 billion dollar data center hold? It's been claimed to have a yottabyte capacity which the NSA won't confirm or deny, they say it's classified:
originally posted by: tanka418
Y'all should at least try to do the math! Storing that kind and amount of data quite simply isn't possible...yet.
My guess is they sort though a lot of data initially, then decide what to keep in storage based on that initial sift. That's what this diagram from the NSA shows, with only some of the processed data ending up in the "Data Warehouse", but the UTAH data center will apparently process a lot more than goes into the "data warehouse" if I'm reading that schematic right. You can even see twitter feeds showing random samples of the raw data they are collecting:
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"!
The steady rise in available computer power and the development of novel computer platforms will enable us to easily turn the huge volume of incoming data into an asset to be exploited, for the good of the nation.
The PRISM program is our #1 source of raw intelligence and consists of data extracted from the servers of nine major American internet companies. In the spirit of openness and transparency, we have embedded the Twitter feed from the NSA_PRISMbot which periodically posts random samples of PRISM collection data.
Tweets by @NSA_PRISMbot
what is the exact use of it is up to anyone's guess.