While voice and data contractors are usually lumped together, the emphasis is more and more about the data side. The ability to install high-tech networks is much more beneficial in modern times than the ability to put in a phone line. Those who have the know-how to do both will have a marked advantage in a highly competitive market. There are some places that are better to work at than others, depending on what you are looking for. Some of the largest data centers in the world are right here in the U.S.
Switch SUPERNAP, Las Vegas, NV:
This technology solution company is revolutionary. The owner, Rob Roy, holds 218 patents. This center has a high-ranking critical operations team. Las Vegas has a lot to do and has made an effort to put in more family activities over the years. It is just large enough to be big city without the huge population of New York or LA.
Utah Data Center, Saratoga Springs, UT:
It would take a high level of clearance to work at this data center, since it is run by the NSA. It is essentially a “mission data repository,” whatever that means. This center runs a tier III data center and houses a water treatment facility, fire pump house, warehouse, control center, emergency standby generators and more. The great thing about this facility is that it is literally in the middle of nowhere. Saratoga Springs sits on Lake Utah and provides great activities for downtime.
Lakeside Technology, Chicago, IL:
As far as the square footage of a single building goes, Lakeside Technology Center is one of the largest in the world. All-in-all it is 1.1 million square feet. Until 1999, this building served as the printing house for the Sears catalog. The building has more than 100 megawatts of power flowing through it. The cooling system of this building is unique. It uses an 8.5 million gallon tank which serves as thermal energy storage. In the heart of the Windy City this building clearly has a bright future.
Apple, Maiden, NC:
Though this new data center is not operational yet, it is on course to be amazing. For starters this building, like Apple’s stores will soon all do, will run on 100% renewable energy. That is a great step for getting nature and technology to coincide peacefully. They started a period of environmental awareness over 20 years ago, before it was cool. Nestled in the foothills, Maiden has a small town feel coupled with beautiful scenery, great food, and Southern hospitality.
Google, Mountain View, CA:
Their headquarters is located in Mountain View, CA but Google has data centers all over the world. Some of the most interesting location include: Council Bluffs, IA; Quilicura, Chile; Dublin, Ireland; Oregon, Oklahoma, Georgia, and the Netherlands. They also run on renewable energy and are now synonymous with information.
There is something for everyone in the world of data. Small towns to large cities, coastland to mountains and everything in between. There are data centers all over the world, so find a place you like and check around. The options may surprise you.