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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  • Celebrity Equinox cruise ship

    Of course, not all datacentres are located on dry land. The Celebrity Equinox cruise ship is 17 decks high and 317m long, and has to offer some serious IT infrastructure to meet the tech needs of up to 2,852 passengers.

    For a start, Celebrity Equinox, built in 2009 for Celebrity Cruises at the Meyer Werft shipyard in the German North Sea port of Papenburg, has three datacentres, 1,600 Mac Minis, 1,350 Apple TVs, 967 hotspots and a high-performance network. Ensuring all that equipment works is the job of an IT department of seven, run by infrastructure and operations manager Marc de Lange.

    Pictured is the back-end of the cabin TV and entertainment system, which is housed in the third datacentre, and consists of Apple's now-discontinued Xserve hardware.

    GALLERY: Datacentres sail the high seas on cruise ship

    Image: Joachim Kaufmann/ZDNet Germany

  • ASG's Perth datacentre

    ASG Group's datacentre and cloud computing facility in Perth, Australia opened in September 2011. The company claims it can withstand a one in 100-year flood event, and it features two separate raised data halls totalling 550m2. It has a PUE of 1.5.

    Above, power to racks and cages are supplied under the floor in power cabling trays, while data is separated in overhead trays.

    TAKE THE TOUR: Inside ASG's Perth datacentre: photos

    Image: ASG

  • CGGVeritas liquid-cooled datacentre, Texas

    Some datacentres are pushing the boundaries of cooling tech, for instance by dipping IT systems in liquid. Green Revolution Cooling says its dielectric coolant provides the most efficient cooling and lowest cost per watt in the industry, reducing total energy consumption by 95 percent.

    Here are two quads with eight racks and two water modules each as part of the CGGVeritas installation in Houston, Texas, which boasts 24 racks with 600KW capacity.

    GALLERY: Submerging your datacenter in green liquid

    Image: Green Revolution Cooling

Topics: Cloud, Data Centers, Datacentre Tour

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  • As/400

    I'm was born and raised in Las Vegas and the casino's have relied on the AS/400 for decades. It's stable and rarely needs an outage. If the UNIX or Windows servers go down its bad, but if the AS/400's go down its catastrophic.