The New Greening: Converting Unused Buildings into Data Centers
Want to know a new trend in environmentally-friendly IT? Recycling unused or abandoned buildings by converting them into data centers.
It isn’t always easy to convert an older or unused building into a data center, however. To make sure a building has the makings of an effective data center, you need to take several factors into account. For example, the building you choose should be able to be cooled and powered efficiently, as well as offer additional room for expansion – ultimately making the conversion a cost-effective decision for your company. Let’s take a look at four examples of buildings that have been successfully converted into data centers.
Sears Buildings, Nationwide
Since so many of its big box stores shut down, Sears Holdings has created a whole new unit, Ubiquity Critical Environments, to convert unused buildings into data centers, wireless towers, and disaster recovery units. The first former Sears big box stores to be converted became a 127,000-foot, multiple-tenant data center that opened in June 2016 in Chicago’s south side.
Fallout Shelter, Paris
A former fallout shelter over 85 feet below ground will go online in October 2016. The data center’s archiving and long-term backup services will now take place in the fallout shelter’s over 3,000 square feet of underground rooms. Abandoned in 1991, the shelter sat dormant for over twenty years until the company Online.net bought the property in a 2012 auction and began converting it into a data center.
Schulze Baking Company Warehouse, Chicago
Data center operator 1547 Critical Systems Realty started converting an enormous Chicago warehouse – over 230,000 square feet – to open in 2017. The 1914-built warehouse will accommodate 52,000 square feet of data center space, most of which will be used for servers. The company has plans to increase the space occupied by the data center to over 100,000 square feet in the future.
Central Receiving Building, University of Texas at Austin0
With the university’s existing data centers at capacity, the university converted an existing concrete and pre-cast building into a 30,125-square foot data center. The space was converted to power, cool, and house the elements of the IT department’s infrastructure.
If you’re converting a building into a new data center or migrating your data in a more typical way, Silverback Data Center Solutions can help. Silverback provides customized solutions, from rack and cable tray installation to equipment pickup and delivery to your new location. Whether you’re moving your data center across town or across the country, contact us to discuss how we can be on your side from start to finish.
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