Computerworld UK: The biggest data centres in the world, where they are and who owns them

By Hannah Williams

Our list of the ten biggest data centres on the planet, busy powering the worldwide digital economy

This month, Norwegian company Kolos announced that it will be opening the world’s largest data centre in Ballegen, Norway.

Which got us thinking, with hundreds of data centres of various sizes around the globe, which are the biggest and where are they?

So, without further ado, here are the 10 biggest data centres around the world based on square footage space.


Here we have Kolos’ upcoming data centre, which will be located on the North of the Arctic Circle in Ballangen, Norway. Kolos are calling it the world’s largest data centre as it is expected to scale up to a capacity of 1000 megawatts of computing power.

The facility, which is expected to open in 2018, will boast nearly 6.5 million sq ft of space across four-storeys.

The facility will be powered to a large extend by Norway’s abundant hydropower capability.

Overall, the new data centre will not only offer a large facility, but is also due to deliver a unique hyperscale data centre, built with sustainability and security in mind.

According to Kolos, the first phase of the site will open in Q4 2018, whilst the full completion of the data centre will not be until 2027.