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9 Data Centers: Unexpected Beauty And Creativity

Most data centers are boring boxes--but not all. Take a look at a data center that houses a supercomputer in a chapel, or an underground data center with James Bond-styling, or a solar-powered data center, and much, much more.
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ACT, a non-profit that runs a college entrance exam testing service, built a data center next to its headquarters in Iowa City, Iowa, that was the first in the country to win a LEED-Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It uses a wide range of renewable or recycled materials such as aspen fiber ceiling panels, cork flooring, and cotton-wall insulation. It uses geothermal cooling and above-ground dry cooling, and is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 250 miles per hour. It is linked to a second data center a few miles away. Image courtesy of Neumann Monson Architects.

 

Paul Travis is Managing Editor of InformationWeek.com. Paul got his start as a newspaper reporter, putting black smudges on dead trees in the 1970s. Eventually he moved into the digital world, covering the telecommunications industry in the 1980s (when Ma Bell was broken up) ... View Full Bio

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