Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Photos of the year: From weird datacentres to a 3D printer that prints chocolate

Summary: The best tech snaps of 2011

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Rural Indian call centre

    As India's outsourcing industry continues to grow, major IT vendors are starting to look to locate their operations outside of India's big cities.

    This voice and data processing centre is located in Bagepalli, a small, dusty town 100km north of Bangalore. It is one of 10 such centres run that is run by RuralShores which, as its name suggests, specialises in running operations outside of urban areas in India.

    To learn more about the growth of rural outsourcing in India visit Photos: Inside a rural Indian call centre - outsourcing builds a new life in the country.

    Photo: Namas Bhojani

  • Icelandic geothermal vent

    What better place for a datacentre than just outside the Arctic Circle?

    Verne Global sited its datacentre campus in Keflavik, Iceland, where the country's chilly climate can naturally cool servers and its abundant supply of geothermal and hydroelectric energy can provide renewable power to the facility.

    Shown above is one of the valves at an Icelandic geothermal power plant supplying the Verne Global facility.

    To see more photos of the Icelandic datacentre campus check out Photos: One of the coolest datacentres in the world - on the edge of the Arctic Circle.

    Photo: Verne Global/Colt

  • Olympic Park

    Above is a shot of the Olympic Park site in East London taken in November this year.

    In the foreground are the Press and Broadcast Centres, which between them take up one million square feet of space, and which will be looking for tenants once the London 2012 Olympic Games are over. Technology, digital, new media and creative businesses are among those the Olympic Park Legacy Company - the organisation in charge of looking after the Olympic Park post-Games - would like to see take up residence in the park.

    To see more images of the Olympic Park check out Photos: Offered - two Olympic Park buildings, one careful owner. Would suit tech companies.

    Photo: Olympic Delivery Agency

Topic: Hardware


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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