Three Unusual Data Center Locations
If you think all data centers are the same, think again. Yes, many of them are in anonymous, nondescript buildings sited wherever there’s a secure facility with decent access to cooling (or a temperate climate). But here are just a few of the growing number of less conventional data center set-ups.
A US Navy port in California, this is home to a data center in the form of a 230-foot barge. Operated by Nautilus Data Technologies, it’s likely to hold Navy data, though naturally the full detail is being kept under wraps for security reasons. The unusual setting appears to be partly because it is a way to get close access to infrastructure without requiring additional land. It is also a way of making sure the data center can be moved to another Naval site without having to be dismantled.
Rather than attracting tourists in Egypt, this pyramid is a former development center for Steelcase, a company making fireproof metal safes and filing cabinets. The unusual seven-story building also has enormous once-secret underground bunkers used for test labs that included the option to test the steel’s performance in extreme cold conditions. Recently published legislation revealed a tech company is planning to use it as a data center, looking to take advantage of both its hidden cavernous space and the relative lack of natural disasters in its Michigan setting.
In this case it’s not the siting of the data center that’s noteworthy, but rather who’s joining it in the neighborhood. The Westin Building Exchange in Seattle is one of the key data center and infrastructure hubs in the Pacific Northwest. Amazon is building a three-block campus right next door which includes a structure of three giant interlocking steel spheres. In a creative partnership, nearly half of the heat generated by the Westin’s servers and other technology — equivalent to 11 megawatts a day — will be diverted to be the main heating source for the Amazon complex, rather than simply pumped out into the air.
Remember that even if your chosen data center is in a less spectacular setting, moving your system can still be a major undertaking. At SilverBack we have the experience to help make that move as easy and straightforward as possible, so do get in touch if you’d like to make the most of our services.
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