Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

Summary: You can find datacenters in all corners of the globe, well beneath the Earth's surface, and even in churches, according to Silicon.com's Nick Heath.

SHARE:

 |  Image 5 of 13

  • Thumbnail 1
  • Thumbnail 2
  • Thumbnail 3
  • Thumbnail 4
  • Thumbnail 5
  • Thumbnail 6
  • Thumbnail 7
  • Thumbnail 8
  • Thumbnail 9
  • Thumbnail 10
  • Thumbnail 11
  • Thumbnail 12
  • Thumbnail 13
  • When it comes to datacenters, cold is good. So building a facility in a country with the word 'ice' in its name would seem to make perfect sense.

    Verne Global is building a 45-acre datacenter complex in Iceland, on the former Nato airbase of Keflavik, seen here in active service.

    Low temperatures all year round will allow the use of fresh air or naturally chilled water for cooling, with Verne Global claiming typical savings of 80 per cent over alternative methods.

    All of Iceland's energy is produced by geothermal and hydroelectric energy, creating a 100 percent green power supply for the datacenter.

    Iceland's mid-Atlantic location allows for low millisecond connections to London and New York. The area is relatively safe from natural disasters, with Verne Holding claiming the bedrock has very little chance of earthquakes and is situated away from volcanoes.

    Photo: US Defense Imagery

  • It might pass for the lair of a James Bond supervillan but this former nuclear bunker is perhaps the world's most outlandish datacenter.

    This co-location facility for Swedish internet service provider Bahnhof lies 100 feet below Stockholm, and is decked out with tropical plants, a waterfall, 600-plus gallon fish tank and craggy granite walls.

    The servers are located in four caves, radiating from the centre of the bunker.

    Building work on the bunker began in 1943, and the shelter was extended during the Cold War to become a civil defence bunker stocked with provisions and emergency vehicles.

    The site's other claim to fame is hosting two servers for the Wikileaks whistleblower website.

    Photos: Bahnhof

  • Datacenters could be destined to leave dry land if search giant Google has its way.

    In 2008, Google floated the idea of putting datacenters on platforms that would sit three to seven miles offshore, and won a patent for the idea in 2009.

    Potential advantages range from the availability of wind and wave power and seawater cooling, to the absence of property taxes and building regulations.

    Google envisions that the datacenters would be modular and constructed on land inside standard shipping containers before being hauled via truck to ships and then unloaded onto floating pontoons.

    Photo: Louis Vest

Topics: Storage, Data Centers, Hardware

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

Talkback

10 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    How do you figure out where west is in Antarctica?
    boomchuck1
    • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

      @boomchuck1: ROTFLMAO ! I'd like to hear the answer to that myself!
      The Reverend
    • West in Antartica

      @boomchuck1

      Easy question. It's counter-clockwise.
      bob.kerns2
      • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

        @bob.kerns2
        Go to the South Pole and look north along the GM. Everything to the left is West.

        yumsun
        yumsun@...
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    Only "Easy" if you take a self-absorbed viewpoint; certainly less-than useful if you're arranging a meeting point or giving someone directions. At zero latitude, longitude is a consensual way to establish direction. Besides, boomchuck1 was being irreverent, creative & playful (which I greatly enjoyed) but, which is likely to go right over the heads of some high-functioning Asperger-types...
    deltadan
  • Cold is good

    Cold is good if you have a fridge in youyr PC tower freezing the CPU & GPU. On a room or building sized scale it is a nightmare as static electrical charges build up much more readily and to a greater level than in warmer, humid environments. MAke sure that earthing strap is well connected!
    DOSlover
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    I have 2TB of storage on my Desktop, so you probably meant 2PB....
    legleye@...
  • McMurdo and south Pole?

    For some reason I get the impression the author is trying to say that McMurdo station is at the South Pole. McMurdo is on the coast of Antarctica, more than 600 miles from the south Pole (and in a position where East and West are clearly significant). Or to put it another way, McMurdo is about as close to the south Pole as northern Greenland is to the North Pole. Get your facts straight, ZD.
    gardoglee
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    2Tb of storage - Wow !!!
    neilpost
  • RE: Strangest locations for datacenters (photos)

    2Tb would be impressive,,, if it was on floppies.
    What the ...!