Datacentres of the world: A photo tour

Datacentres of the world: A photo tour

Summary: Datacentres are the IT palaces that provide the backbone of our working lives. Take a tour of datacentres around the world, from the UK to Iceland to Texas, in this round-up of cutting-edge facilities.


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  • GE datacentre, Kentucky

    General Electric's Adrian Shankln, Global Data Center Manager (above), shows off one of the racks of new high density servers in GE's $48m state-of-the-art datacentre in Louisville, Kentucky.

    The facility is one of the first in the world with LEED Platinum certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is awarded by the US Green Building Council for projects that go above and beyond standard building codes to create sustainable, energy-efficient buildings. It's tough to get the basic LEED certification, and only six percent of all LEED buildings achieve the Platinum certification.

    The site has a rich history: in 1954, the Louisville GE complex became home to the first UNIVAC computer deployed in a private business (before that, all computers were part of government projects).

    READ MORE: GE thumbs its nose at outsourcing, builds world-class data center

    Image: GE

  • NextDC's Melbourne M1

    Colocation specialist NextDC opened the doors to its shiny new datacentre in Melbourne, Australia in July.

    The facility is 17,500 square metres, delivering a 12MW ICT load. It has six data halls within a large concrete bunker, and has a PUE rating of 1.35.

    Pictured above is the hot-aisle rack containment in Data Hall 2.

    READ MORE: NextDC's Melbourne M1 datacentre: photos

    Image: NextDC

  • BladeRoom datacentre factory

    Pictured above is the BladeRoom datacentre factory in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, UK. 

    BladeRoom has been in the business of building and selling datacentres for five years, putting to work its expertise gained over 20 years of making self-contained facilities for the healthcare and food sectors. Its containers have helped Capgemini achieve a high level of efficiency with its Merlin datacentre in Swindon.

    It takes one day for the floor section of a module to be mated with the ceiling module via struts and to have its floor panelled with wood. Once the floor and ceiling have been combined (pictured, left), the module is panelled (right) and then modified internally to conform to the design specifications of the buyer.

    Installed BladeRoom modules reported PUE ratings of between 1.13 and 1.34, the company told ZDNet when we visited in 2011.

    GALLERY: Inside a datacentre factory

    Image: Jack Clark

Topics: Cloud, Data Centers, Datacentre Tour

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