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Archive for August 11th, 2015

Where is the Internet? A Guide to Server Farms in the Era of Cloud Computing

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A common question among computer users is: where is the internet located? If email is not saved on user computers and the “cloud computing” industry is growing in its ability to provide offsite storage and security for user data, then where are the servers located?

The answer is that many “server farms,” or large warehouses containing storage hardware for computer users, are located in rural areas or outside of smaller towns. Land is cheaper there, and more acreage is available for building gigantic warehouses to store the amount of servers needed to process what is called “mega data” for large corporations and government agencies across America.

Server farms are a multi-billion dollar industry in America, racking up almost $15 billion in sales each year and employing approximately 10,000 people.

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