April 12, 2010

Data Centers that OWN

Ever won­der what some of the worlds biggest data cen­ters look like; well here are some pics of the world’s larges to give you some insight into these mon­sters.  The first set of pics are from Microsoft’s Data Cen­ter in Chica­go, and the sec­ond set are from and ISP in Swe­den named Bahn­hof.  Their facil­i­ty is locat­ed in a Cold War-era under­ground nuclear bunker and gives its employ­ees exot­ic fish and water­fall foun­tains to keep them dis­tract­ed every day.



  1. Steele - April 12, 2010 10:38 am

    …I think I just had a geek­gasm.

  2. thsoundman - April 12, 2010 12:13 pm

    I love data cen­ters. The hum of the Equip­ments dri­ves me crazy and to see all those flash­ing lights that are right out of a sci fi movie makes me all warm and fuzzy inside 😛

  3. DeathProof - April 12, 2010 12:52 pm


  4. vudu - April 12, 2010 9:12 pm

    I’ve nev­er seen a real life data cen­ter.…

  5. cYpher - April 16, 2010 10:36 am

    Prob­a­bly the coolest dat­a­cen­ter I’ve been to is Per­ot Sys­tems (now owned by Dell) in Plano Tx. They actu­al­ly have 2 Dat­a­cen­ters at this site. The 1st one is so metic­u­lous­ly designed and lay­out out, that every strand of wire under the raised floor is blue­print­ed and traced in so where is no need to every raise the floor to find where the lead is at the junc­tion. Then on top of that — it is so neat­ly layed out (and they’re so proud of it) that the main walk­way’s are plex­i­glass so they can so it off.
    Last­ly — out­side the dat­a­cen­ter — they have an Atri­um that has a work­ing ENIAC in it, among oth­er his­toric com­put­ing items. I have some pics of the atri­um. Pic’s of the data cen­ter were not allowed. Their 2nd D.C. was still under con­truc­tion while I was vis­it­ing — but was just a cool as they were using liq­uid cool­ing between serv­er racks. Not often you want liq­uid of anykind run­ning through a D.C.


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