Unconventional Data Centers
Innovative thinkers are constantly thinking of creative ways to save space and money by relocating their data centers – some that you certainly would not expect. One of the biggest reasons to choose an unconventional center is because of their environmentally friendly methods for cooling or redistributing server heat.
Here, we’ll talk about five of the most clever places where data centers have been built or are in the midst of being constructed.
In Sweden, innovators converted a Cold War-era bunker into a data center. One of the major reasons for the conversion was to cut their cooling costs – thereby cutting their energy consumption and emissions. The cooler air underground in the bunker helped cut air conditioning needs naturally.
Under the sea
One of the biggest costs in data center maintenance is, of course, the air conditioning bill. Microsoft aims to lower their costs significantly by researching the possibilities of installing data centers under the sea. The Washington state-based company thinks that putting data centers under the cold water could cut air conditioning bills while at the same time meeting energy demands by pairing the system with turbine or tidal energy generators.
Green Mountain is an 118,000 square foot data center built into a Norwegian mountain. Yes, a Norwegian mountain next to a fjord that keeps the water at a cool temperature that, in turn, keeps the servers cool. While the data center isn’t open yet, its eco-friendly design already has earned the data center the designation of the more environmentally-conscious data center in the world.
In Helsinki, Finland, an enormous – and chilly – orthodox church has been converted into a data center. The center itself will be located in the bedrock underneath the Uspenski Cathedral. The heat from the servers, then, will be channeled into the city’s water-heated pipes, which, in turn, will be used to heat homes in the capital city.
HavenCo, a data center in England, was built on HM Fort Roughs, a decommissioned fort six miles off of the coast of England in what’s known as the Principality of Sealand. While the data center closed in 2008, the data center was recently reopened as a cold storage facility.
Whether you’re considering moving your data center to a unique or conventional location, Silverback Data Center Solutions can ensure you get there in one piece. From rack and cable tray installation to asset tracking, Silverback can help take the mystery out of your data center migration – no matter where in the world you’re going.
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