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The National Security Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke ground today on a $1.2 billion data center at Camp W.G. Williams National Guard Post here. The massive, one million square-foot facility currently is the largest U.S. Department of Defense project in the nation.
"This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during the construction and development phase," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said at the event. "Once completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent, high-paid employees."
More than 200 personnel attended the ceremony, including Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and other state
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As to why the facility is being built in Utah, there was apparently a detailed selection process using over 130 criteria that determined this was the best location, though US Army Corp of Engineers Brigadier General Peter Deluca was quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune as saying there are “at least 50 perfect states to build a data center.”
Taken from Cryptome Report.
REQUIREMENT: This project is required to provide a 30MW technical load data center and infrastructure for 65MW technical load
data center capacity to support mission. The project will include the following:
(a) Facility design goal will be to the highest LEED standard attainable within available resources and will include: sustainable site
characteristics, water and energy efficiency, materials and resources criteria, and indoor environmental quality.
(b) Mechanical and electrical plants are to be housed in separate structures to prevent transfer of noise and vibrations to the data
(a) Data center technical load of 30 MW distributed across raised floor are the design parameters for the facility.
(b) The infrastructure support and administrative areas will be designed to support state-of-the-art high-performance computing
devices and associated hardware architecture.
(c) Slab floor loading of approximately 1500 pounds per square foot (PSF)
(d) Enhancements to the building for IT and security include construction as a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF),
as well as, requirements related to Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP).
System specification and capabilities
Some features of NarusInsight include:
- Scalability to support surveillance of large, complex IP networks (such as the Internet)
- High-speed Packet processing performance, which enables it to sift through the vast quantities of information that travel over the Internet.
- Normalization, Correlation, Aggregation and Analysis provide a model of user, element, protocol, application and network behaviors, in real-time. That is it can track individual users, monitor which applications they are using (e.g. web browsers, instant messaging applications, email) and what they are doing with those applications (e.g. which web sites they have visited, what they have written in their emails/IM conversations), and see how users' activities are connected to each other (e.g. compiling lists of people who visit a certain type of web site or use certain words or phrases in their emails).
- High reliability from data collection to data processing and analysis.
- NarusInsight's functionality can be configured to feed a particular activity or IP service such as security, lawful intercept or even Skype detection and blocking.
- Compliance with CALEA and ETSI.
- Certified by Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC) in India for lawful intercept and monitoring systems for ISPs.
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It is important to note that a single NarusInsight machine can monitor traffic equal to the maximum capacity (10 Gbit/s) of around 39,000 DSL lines or 195,000 telephone modems. But, in practical terms, since individual internet connections are not continually filled to capacity, the 10 Gbit/s capacity of one NarusInsight installation enables it to monitor the combined traffic of several million broadband users.