Situated in a bunker built by the US Army Corps of Engineers during the cold war, USSHC offers highly secure data center floor space that is immune to nearly all conceivable forms of manmade and natural disasters.
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Our underground colocation data center building is heavily reinforced, purposely built to withstand the ravages of a close range nuclear strike. No other natural or man made disaster compares to the amount of damaged inflicted by a multi-megaton nuclear weapon detonated at close range.
In addition, it is highly immune to one of the largest causes of all disasters: flooding. The data center is located on a dedicated parcel of land unshared with any other tenants that not only is the higher than all surrounding land, and receives absolutely no water runoff from any other parcel of land, but has an elevation that is several hundred feet above the nearest flood plain. And the nearest flood plain is located several miles away. In fact, if a glass of water is poured out at the proper place on our campus, half of it can end up running in one direction to one watershed, and one river, and the other half will run in another direction, to a different watershed and to a different river. No municipal water supplies are located within a mile of our isolated facility, completely eliminating not only our dependance on any outside water supply, but the danger from a ruptured water main causing spot flooding.
Our underground colocation facility was constructed with 5800psi concrete. Steel reinforced floors, walls, and ceilings are standard of course. The floor alone is five feet thick. The interior walls separating the interior rooms are over one foot thick. Floors, ceilings, and walls are covered with a continuously welded-seam steel skin that was designed to reflect an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) caused by a nuclear detonation. The heavy construction topped with a layer of earth is designed to withstand the heat, wind and blast effects of a nuclear weapon. The vault doors to our underground facility are designed to keep out a nuclear blast. Hence, they also work well to keep out intruders.
Our security systems, access systems, and surveillance systems are implemented in layers. Each exterior layer protects the interior layers. Multiple biometric systems protect each layer, each layer granting access to another layer. This ensures that any breach is contained to just the layer that is breached. Authorities can be summoned by exterior layers while the interior layers remain secure.
Our generators aren't just N+1 where multiple systems that feed a common buss. Any common buss is a common point of failure. Our systems are stacked in layers, allowing a complete generation system and buss failure to occur, without affecting the availability of the other on site power systems. And one set of redundant power generation systems is contained within the underground colocation data center, where it remains protected in the event that it is needed.
Power is redundant all the way to the rack, where two power feeds are available, from two isolated UPS systems.
Our connectivity is geographically diverse. Dual isolated routers create two separate networks within our facility. We can provide dual data drops to feed each rack, or a single drop that is BGP4 multi homed to both geographically diverse providers.
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Even our primary air conditioning system has a primary backup, and a secondary backup system, again, in layers. The primary and backup systems are separated, and do not even share common duct work. The primary air conditioning system utilizes several miles of buried geothermal tubing on the USSHC campus. The dual redundant backup air conditioning systems are entirely contained within the facility, with no exposed cooling systems.
In the event that the surface of the earth is wiped clean, our facility would not only continue to operate, but we would have one completely extra power generation system on standby, and two separate air conditioning systems on standby.
For all practical purposes, it is like having multiple data centers under one roof. Except that the roof is underground.
Most disasters are nothing more than a few simple problems that all happen at the same time and compound each other. Our approach is one that allows for multiple contingencies to occur simultaneously, without compounding on each other. The end result is a colocation data center environment that is highly immune to disasters.
By having multiple levels of on site power generation and networking capabilities, we are able to maintain full operation at all times. We can do this even while each system is operating in a multiple contingency state within our ultra-hardened facility.