|telecom = data_center|
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A datacenter is a building (or area within a building) used to house computer and network equipment.
Datacenters can range in size from rooms to huge multi-building campuses housing hundreds of thousands of individual servers. Large organisations may operate their own datacenters, but smaller companies frequently rent space from a colocation company such as Equinix. These providers may, in turn, sub-lease part of a larger datacenter from a wholesale supplier.
What to Tag
In cases where a datacenter is known to be constructed, but satellite imagery isn't yet available to map it; or where there is a very large datacenter site without any information on the buildings within it, it is acceptable to tag the whole area as telecom=data_center. Avoid doing this if possible as it is useful to be able to calculate the importance of datacenters by their ground area.
|operator||<operator>||The operator of the datacenter. In the case of a corporate datacenter, this will be the organisation which owns it. In the case of a colocation facility, this will be the colocation company.||recommended|
|name||<name>||The name of the datacenter.||recommended|
|ref||<reference>||The operator's reference for the datacenter (usually a three or four character abbreviation).||recommended|
|owner||<owner>||Some datacenters are constructed and owned by one company, but long-term leased in their entirety to another company to operate. Organisations which commonly do this include Data Realty and DuPont Fabros (DPF).||optional|
Datacenters, especially large ones, are usually quite easy to identify from satellite imagery by the following clues:
- Large number of air conditioning chillers and generators, either on the roof of the building or next to it in a fenced-off compound.
- Small amount of parking in relation to the floor area.
- Proximity to electrical substations.