Photos: Five unusual data centres

Photos: Five unusual data centres

Summary: Hydrogen-fuelled, underground and bundled in a shipping container…

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • This ex-Ministry of Defence nuclear bunker is now used for data backup and disaster recovery by the financial industry.

    The bunker's exact location has all been kept very hush-hush but is based somewhere in Kent and is surrounded by tight security.

    Find out more about the financial services industry's secret bunker from the full photo story.

    Photo credit: Dan Ilett

  • IBM is upping its environmental ante and has pledged $1bn per year to develop tech it hopes can double the capacity of its data centres without increasing energy use or the amount of space required.

    Big Blue unveiled a data centre which it claims uses up to 15 per cent less power than a traditional offering by using dedicated cold aisles.

    Along each cold aisle, two rows of racks face one another. The main corridor between them is enclosed and cooled with an air conditioning unit. Pictured is a view of the 'cool corridor'.

    Follow the link to find out why IBM's offering has been called a 'flat pack data centre'.

    Photo credit: Gemma Simpson

  • Sun has literally jumped on the greener data centre bandwagon with their centre in a shipping container.

    Sun claims the 'Blackbox' virtualised data centre is greener and cheaper than an average set-up, with 20 per cent more energy efficiency than a traditional air-con cooled centre and only costing around €500,000.

    The 20ft by 8ft shipping container (pictured) weighs 9,000kg and can provide 1.5 million gigabytes of disk storage and hold up to 250 Sun Fire CoolThreads T1000 servers.

    Click to see more of Sun's Blackbox. But, as Quocirca's Dennis Szubert asked in a recent column, does anyone need a data centre in a box?

    Photo credit: Gemma Simpson

Topic: Hardware

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