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Scientific research over the past few decades has shown that as global climate trends change, the likelihood of extreme weather events is increasing. Heat waves, storms, floods, tropical cyclones and tornadoes occur frequently due to significant changes in weather patterns. Fortunately, data center markets and technologies are constantly evolving and advancing to ensure the integrity and security of data center infrastructure as these unpredictable factors increase.
The survey report shows that natural disasters and extreme weather are the two highest-level threats facing human society, and data center facilities are no exception. And extreme weather activity is becoming a question of “when it happens” rather than “can happen”. And record-breaking storms in destructive power often occur. For example, the recent hurricane of Florence has become a reality for threats to data centers in Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google in North Carolina. As a result, these events are now a major concern for data center providers, regardless of where their infrastructure is located.
As far as the city is concerned, it should show special responsibilities in terms of disasters. Cities have enormous human, financial and physical capital characteristics that make them particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. At the same time, edge computing does not seem to be safe. Edge networks are often located in areas such as coastal areas that are susceptible to natural disasters such as floods and storms, and are much more likely to be out of power for long periods of time.
The future of security and resiliency in data centers and hosted data centers will be underground structures, a new trend. This type of advanced deployment means that critical operations can avoid the hazards of weather events, allowing suppliers to regain control over other uncontrollable variables. When carefully selected to build a data center in a suitable geographic area, the underground facility has so far successfully maintained flexibility, reliability and safety, especially compared to standard ground facilities.
This advancement in data center technology and markets enables suppliers to uniquely protect their equipment, maximizing security and reducing risk. On a global scale, underground data center facilities are becoming a new wave of industry, with multiple layers of structures that span millions of square feet. These facilities are usually retrofitted with abandoned underground bunkers, such as the Knox Fortress in Switzerland and the Bunker in the UK, which have been converted into state-of-the-art data centers with facial recognition monitoring and electromagnetic pulse protection. These bunker-modified data centers provide a natural barrier and enhanced security compared to data centers built on the ground.
BluebirdNetwork's underground data center is located in a limestone mine in Springfield, Missouri, enabling it to take advantage of all the benefits of natural facility protection. When the data center is deployed underground, the natural stone structure creates a safety barrier for events such as hurricanes or tornadoes, protecting data center facilities from all disasters except extreme earthquakes. As a result, data centers can take advantage of this inherent protection and be enhanced with human security measures to further ensure that all customers' data and hardware are top-notch protected and provide 100% uptime guarantees.
BluebirdNetwork's underground data center is located 85 feet below the ground, and its isolation from the surrounding environment makes the facility have its own biosphere, which means no need to carefully adjust temperature and operating conditions. This reduces power and energy costs while increasing efficiency and performance.
As natural disasters on Earth become more difficult to predict, protecting important data centers can be the responsibility of operators and end users. As a result, the data center market will redefine data center security, efficiency, and reliability.
Because natural disasters are the most unpredictable and scary opponents people encounter, underground data centers have far more advantages than traditional facilities and ensure the safety of suppliers and their customers.