I spent the day shuttling around Manhattan. My travels took me near 111 8th Avenue, one of the big carrier hotels in Manhattan. Unlike previous encounters with data centers, I was unable to go inside. This building is a brick behemoth and literally spans an entire city block. Google has an entire floor to themselves.
This sort of arrangement strikes me as a little silly. Clearly it would be better to locate in lower cost real estate areas. Not everyone needs to be 500 microseconds from Wall St. If bandwidth were truly cheap people wouldn’t still be operating data centers in Manhattan. They would all be in caves in South Dakota.