Awhile back I was asked to be part of a team conducting due diligence for proposed secure data centers just outside of Anchorage Alaska. These potential co-location facilities would be secure cost effective locations as just one part of tier 4 redundant data locations.
Alaska made sense because less power would be needed to supply a cool air environment. And in fact, while air “conditioning”, filtering systems would run all year, the AC compressors would only be needed to cool the air 10 months out of the year.
We toured the A,T&T ALASCOM data center in Anchorage before heading up to two separate mountain locations outside of Anchorage with the mission of building a doomsday data facility.
The first location was proposed within a closed military underground missile control site that was very active after the cold war. The second site would have been involved with opening up a closed mining site. One site would require more of an investment and another, more federal oversight. My team made their recommendation and a site was chosen at a third location I am not able to disclose at this time.
I have posted some photographs from trip below.