Inside The Cloud

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 9:45am

Take a peek inside the AT&T data center that's home to big chunk of the web.

We're about to take you someplace so secret, we can't tell you where it is.

We can say it is somewhere in North Texas.

It's called "The Cloud," and if you went online today, or used an app on your smartphone, you might have gone there without ever even knowing it.

It resides in a cavernous building, under rows of fluorescent lights.

It's the electronic brain behind things like your smartphone apps, online banking, email accounts, and social networking sites, just to name a few.

AT&T runs the data center where other companies pay to use their complex infrastructure.

As those companies grow, they tap into more of The Cloud's computing power.

Without The Cloud, many businesses would grind to a halt.

Millions of customers would be cut off from services they can't live without.

Needless to say, this facility can not go down.

That's why it has eight of massive generators.

Each one can produce 2-megawatts of electricity, enough to power a small town.

The entire place can even run on battery power.

Five huge cooling units make sure the building is always the perfect temperature.

There are other companies that operate cloud computing centers.

AT&T has two in Texas, and a total of 38 around the world.
 

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