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NSA’s new data center in San Antonio

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San Antonio will be hosting the new data center of the National Security Agency reports the San Antonio Current[1]. An old Sony factory on the West Military Drive, near San Antonio’s Loop 410 freeway, will be transformed to accommodate enormous size of data, which will mainly be electronic communications such as phone conversations and emails according to author James Bamford:

“No longer able to store all the intercepted phone calls and e-mail in its secret city, the agency has now built a new data warehouse in San Antonio, Texas.”

This city have been chosen for it’s cheap electricity, provided on an independent power grid since Texas as its own, unconnected to the other states’ grid, making it more reliable.

NSA's Datacenter in San Antonio

NSA's Datacenter in San Antonio

Another factor that played was the location of a similar size Microsoft datacenter a few miles away. This center will be the third largest data center of San Antonio.

As for the Sony plant, it’s made out of two connected buildings, offering offices and research areas and totals around 470 000 square feet[2]. It is expected that 1500 employees will work there initially and may employ up to 4000 personnel.


[1] “The panopticon economy”, Greg M. Schwartz, San Antonio Current, December 3, 2008, http://www.sacurrent.com/news/story.asp?id=69607 (accessed on December 8, 2008)

[2] “NSA Plans San Antonio Data Center”, Rich Miller, Data Center Knowledge, April 19, 2007,  http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/04/19/nsa-plans-san-antonio-data-center/ (accessed on December 8, 2008)

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Written by Jonathan Racicot

December 9, 2008 at 7:16 pm

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  1. […] Initial employment is expected to be 1,500 employees with the capacity of expanding to 4,000. Four thousand spys have to find ways to keep busy. While civil libertarians have always worried about the broad and intrusive powers of the NSA, the real worrying might just be starting. “Cybersecurity in the public domain has largely been about defense, but there’s certainly an attack component to it. To some degree, the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence agencies are now starting to talk about the attack component in the public domain,” says  Ravi Sandhu. […]

  2. I am interested in knowing where and when to apply for employment at the new data center, Specifically part-time. Please e-mail me the information.

    Jerry C. Otte

    June 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

  3. […] in mind that the NSA constructed a huge data center in San Antonio which can handle this information. (It is also no…). That ought to wake you up. Even the government knows that independent grids are more reliable […]

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