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.

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  • If you are looking for a secure place to store information, then inside a mountain seems a safe bet.

    The Mountain Complex and Data Center offers three million square feet of space inside a mountain situated more than 100 feet above the top of the Table Rock Dam in the Ozark mountains of central US.

    Inside the mountain there is a further 75 acres of undeveloped space, as seen here.

    The facility's owners say the site is "nearly impervious" to catastrophes. Tornadoes blow over the site, floodwaters can't reach it and a "direct attack could not substantially harm The Mountain".

    Photo: The Mountain Complex and Data Center

  • Beneath this Orthodox Christian cathedral in Helsinki is a datacenter designed to pipe heat to nearby homes. The datacenter is located in a former WWII bunker carved into the rock below Uspenski Cathedral.

    Heat from the hundreds of computer servers in the datacenter is captured and transferred to water-filled pipes and then used to heat homes in the Finnish capital.

    The amount of heat transferred should be enough to heat about 500 homes.

    The energy usage of the datacenter, used by IT services firm Academica, is designed to be half that of a typical datacenter.

    Photo: Jrielaecher

  • The US has begun construction on "the datacenter for the paranoid" at Fort Williams in Utah. The facility will be the operations center for national security issues when it opens in 2013.

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Topics: Storage, Data Centers, Hardware

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  • 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 ...!