Corporate ownership — Most data centres with 15,000 or more servers are owned by corporations such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple based on a centralised business model.
Soulless buildings — They are located mainly in an industrial zone in large windowless warehouses. Those within a city precinct are soulless and lack architectural merit.
Fossil fuel guzzler — These data centres place immense power demands on global energy. Over 90% of current data centres use fossil fuels as an energy source, significantly increasing the carbon footprint.
Longer to be deployed — With global data traffic doubling every four years, it places severe pressure on developing new centres. Creating these large-scale data centres takes 2 to 5 years to become operational and a further 2 to 3 years to become profitable.
Expensive — It costs about $10,000 a square meter to build, plus approximately $10,000 per kilometre to have fibre optic installed to reach the location.