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7 Crazy Cool Data Centers

Some data centers are built in modern buildings, and some are in old paper mills or Cold War defense bunkers.
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Lakeside Technology Center (Chicago)
What used to be the printing facility for the Sears catalog is now a 1.1 million-square-foot data center with space for 210,000 servers and 300,000 gallons of fuel for backup generators, according to CIO.com. Apparently data centers and printing presses have similar needs, and the building is already equipped with tall ceilings, reinforced floors, and high-capacity air ducts.
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Lakeside Technology Center (Chicago)

What used to be the printing facility for the Sears catalog is now a 1.1 million-square-foot data center with space for 210,000 servers and 300,000 gallons of fuel for backup generators, according to CIO.com. Apparently data centers and printing presses have similar needs, and the building is already equipped with tall ceilings, reinforced floors, and high-capacity air ducts.

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Joe Stanganelli
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2/10/2015 | 1:15:29 AM
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@Kelly: Indeed, one of the best parts was going up on the roof.  Below, tons of ACs, ventilators, and other caged equipment.  Above and in front of me, the Boston skyline.  Terrific view.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/10/2015 | 1:14:12 AM
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I'm really surprised that geothermal power hasn't taken off more.  It certainly seems to be the most efficient of all the "clean" power techs (and with none of the problems of wind farms).  I remember seeing an article well over a decade ago about how geothermics was to be the next big thing.  I guess they were wrong...at least, for now.

Glad to see a datacenter taking advantage of this great energy technology!
Kelly22
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2/9/2015 | 10:13:19 AM
Re: Boston, too
Thanks, Joe. I didn't know about the Markley Group's Boston datacenter - another creative use of old space, and sounds like a great tour!
Joe Stanganelli
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2/9/2015 | 9:45:26 AM
Boston, too
Thanks for this overview, Kelly.  This is cool!

I was fortunate enough to tour the Markley Group's datacenter some time back in downtown Boston.  They use an old retail building, and because of their location, they are wired to the hilt in ultra-secure redundancies -- so outages aren't really an issue and security is very tight.  It was pretty cool seeing the connections directly into major municipal pipes in Boston.
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