Domestic Surveillance Directorate: Utah Data Center
Utah Data Center
The Utah Data Center, code-named Bumblehive, is the first Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (IC CNCI) data center designed to support the Intelligence Community’s efforts to monitor, strengthen and protect the nation. Our Utah “massive data repository” is designed to cope with the vast increases in digital data that have accompanied the rise of the global network.
NSA is the executive agent for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and is the lead agency at the center.
The 1.5 billion-dollar one million square-foot Bluffdale / Camp Williams LEED Silver facility houses a 100,000 sq-ft mission critical Tier III data center. The remaining 900,000 SF is used for technical support and administrative space. Our massive twenty building complex also includes water treatment facilities, chiller plants, electric substation, fire pump house, warehouse, vehicle inspection facility, visitor control center, and sixty diesel-fueled emergency standby generators and fuel facility for a 3-day 100% power backup capability.
Learn More About Our Secret Surveillance Activities
In recent months, numerous Top Secret documents have been leaked to the media relating to surveillance activities carried out by our Intelligence Community. In an effort to increase transparency, a new website called “IC OFF THE RECORD” was created to provide the American People immediate, ongoing and direct access to these unauthorized leaks.
Visit the IC OFF THE RECORD website
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Utah Data Center Technical Specifications
Data Storage Capacity
In February 2012, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert revealed that the Utah Data Center would be the “first facility in the world expected to gather and house a yottabyte“. Since then, conflicting media reports have also estimated our storage capacity in terms of zettabytes and exabytes. While the actual capacity is classified for NATIONAL SECURITY REASONS, we can say this: The Utah Data Center was built with future expansion in mind and the ultimate capacity will definitely be “alottabytes”!
The steady rise in available computer power and the development of novel computer platforms will enable us to easily turn the huge volume of incoming data into an asset to be exploited, for the good of the nation.
Learn more about the domestic surveillance data we process and store in the Utah Data Center. Also, view our strategy for using the PRISM data collection program, nationwide intercept stations, and the “Boundless Informant” mapping tool to gather and track this data.
Code-Breaking Supercomputer Platform
The Utah Data Center is powered by the massively parallel Cray XC30 supercomputer which is capable of scaling high performance computing (HPC) workloads of more than 100 petaflops or 100,000 trillion calculations each second.
Code-named “Cascade”, this behemoth was developed in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to meet the demanding needs of the Intelligence Community.
Our Ultimate Target: 256-bit AES
The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm is used worldwide to encrypt electronic data on hard drives, email systems, and web browsers. Computer experts have estimated it would take longer than the age of the universe to break the code using a trial-and-error brute force attack with today’s computing technology.
In 2004, the NSA launched a plan to use the Multiprogram Research Facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to build a classified supercomputer designed specifically for cryptanalysis targeting the AES algorithm. Our classified NSA Oak Ridge facility made a stunning breakthrough that is leading us on a path towards building the first exaflop machine (1 quintillion instructions per second) by 2018. Since the capability to break the AES-256 encryption key within an actionable time period may still be decades away, our Utah facility is sized to store all encrypted (and thereby suspicious) data for safekeeping.
Photos of the Utah Data Center
We are pleased to announce that as of 8/31/2014, the Utah Data Center is 100% complete. Here is a nice collection of wintry photos taken in early 2014:
Work at the Utah Data Center
Are you interested in a career in Domestic Surveillance? Check out our Utah Data Center jobs page for exciting employment opportunities.
Operating the Utah Data Center
It takes a large dedicated team to keep a data center up and running. Here are just some of the positions staffed by contractors at the UDC:
High Voltage Electrician
Controls Engineer/Electrical Systems Operator
Facilities Control Center Watch Officer
Fuel Distribution Operator
Instrumentation & Electrical Technician
The Utah Data Center keeps watch 24 hours a day
What’s Being Said About the Utah Data Center on Twitter
We are Americans first, last, and always. We treasure the U.S. Constitution and understand that a spirited debate is often a necessary precursor to acceptance.
There is a big facility in Utah…probably like NSA has records, info..digital programs. Huber has lots of resources outside the swamp. Guess he doesn't have to be in DC. https://t.co/ahZgiijyNJ
— Deplorable Tricia (@pwitunski5) September 4, 2018
"doesnt that new NSA building in Utah get its water from that watershed? 1 million plus gallo…" — @YarplyTwelve403 https://t.co/5PQ938jBia
— Keith Long (@HEYHEATH1) September 4, 2018
— Government IS organized crime (marcstevens.net) (@ThomasPaine5) September 4, 2018
— ?? Julie (JuJu) ?? (@DeplorableJuJuV) September 3, 2018
Utah Data Center Site Plan
The site plan below shows the location of the administration building, chiller plant, data halls, generators, fuel storage tanks, storage warehouse, power substations, visitor control center, and vehicle inspection facility. View the full-size Utah Data Center Site Plan
Openness and Transparency: Our Cooperation with Privacy Groups
As proof of our genuine concern for privacy protection, we recently gave permission for several privacy groups to fly their little blimp over our massive data center. We would like to thank these airborne privacy pioneers for the stunning photo below of our impressive facility. By allowing harmless publicity stunts like these, we can have our data and store it too.