The Mother of all Data Centers

The Utah Data Center (UDC), also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, is a data storage facility for the United States Intelligence Community. It is designed to store data estimated to be on the order of exabytes or larger. Its purpose is to support the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), though its precise mission is classified. The National Security Agency (NSA) leads operations at the facility as the executive agent for the Director of National Intelligence.   It is located at Camp Williams near Bluffdale, Utah.  Which is between Utah Lake and Great Salt Lake. It was completed in May 2014 at a cost of $1.5 billion.

The reason I bring this up is that there are beginning to be companies that not only collect vast amounts of data, but actually pay you for it.

Consider the vast amount of YOUR data which Google has.  If you use the Chrome browser or Google search engine, you contribute data to Google constantly.  They sell this data for Billions of dollars.  How much of that money do they return to you, who’s data it is that they sell?  NONE.

A company named Tapestri set out to collect the GPS data from as many phones as would consent to install their free app.  I installed the app because the data is anonymous and they offer a financial incentive to do so. You can learn more at:

I want to share a few points that may be of interest regarding the undertaking of the Data Center in Utah, that the NSA built.

Just how big is it?

The structure provides 1 to 1.5 million sq ft (93,000 to 139,000 m2), with 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) of data center space and more than 900,000 sq ft (84,000 m2) of technical support and administrative space. It is projected to cost $1.5–2 billion. A report suggested that it will cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance. The completed facility is expected to require 65 megawatts of electricity, costing about $40 million per year.  The facility is expected to use 1.7 million US gal (6,400 m3) of water per day to keep the processors cool.   An article by Forbes estimates the storage capacity as between 3 and 12 exabytes in the near term, based on analysis of unclassified blueprints, but mentions Moore’s Law, meaning that advances in technology could be expected to increase the capacity by orders of magnitude in the coming years.

Toward the end of the project’s construction it was plagued by electrical problems in the form of “massive power surges”  that damaged equipment.  This delayed its opening by a year.

The finished structure is characterized as a Tier III Data Center, with over a million square feet, that cost over 1.5 billion dollars to build. Of the million square feet, 100,000 square feet are dedicated to the data center. The other 900,000 square feet are utilized as technical support and administrative space.

As you can see, companies that are in the data collection business, such as Google, Amazon, the government, and others, are heavily invested in at least one data center.  Google did not grow into the giant conglomerate that it is today, overnight.  It was much easier for the government with an unlimited budget.

Breaking it down to comprehend the scope involved

Google indexes the content of every website on earth.  That is quite a task.  The websites are all in a state of flux.  Adding new content and deleting the old.  Most of the websites have links that lead to other websites.  The data is stored and index for retrieval from queries.  The data collected is huge and growing exponentially.  This means that Google is constantly planning for and building for, the future.  This data can be mined for a million different purposes, each having millions or billions of dollars in revenue associated with them.

Data is a big deal.  A very big deal.

Amazon is another huge data miner.  They know the purchasing habits of hundreds of millions of people.  Amazon realized early on that a few desktop computers strung together was not going to be up to the task.  It would require an entire data center just for their own use.  And since they were going to be one of the largest data centers on the planet, they may as well allow the public to lease servers and shared web space.  AWS was born.  And if you think Amazon became so large by selling products, you would be overlooking one of the most lucrative data mining businesses on earth.

Facebook is rebranding to maximize their data collection, and therefore their bottom line.  See this article.  Mark Zuckerberg intends to create the “Metaverse” based on the collection and sales of data.

Information is power.  Many millionaires have been created with nothing more than a mailing list.  The more information that you have available, the more money you can earn.

Outside the United States

Another company, based in the UK, is also competing in this space.  They are launching a new product which pays it’s users.  You can watch a video at: and become an affiliate at:

Imagine being paid for your data.  They are paying $400 just to participate and an additional $100 to you if you refer someone that signs up.  They have other bonuses and incentives which could make you financially independent.  There is nothing to buy or sell, ever.  Use the Internet and get paid.  When you realize how much you can get paid, it might be a life changing moment.

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