Data centers

02:27 PM
Paul Travis
Paul Travis
Slideshows
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

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.
Previous
9 of 11
Next


The Lakeside Technology Center in Chicago is a registered historic landmark, originally constructed between 1912 and1914. It was converted into space for telecom companies around the turn of the century and houses multiple data centers. It is considered one of the world's largest carrier hotels and has more power capacity than Chicago O'Hare International Airport. It uses an 8.5 million gallon tank for thermal storage. Originally designed and built for the RR Donnelley Printing company, it is now owned by Digital Realty Trust. The strong floors that once held up printing presses now support rows of switches, routers, storage systems, and standby power generators. Image courtesy of Digital Realty Trust.

 

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

Previous
9 of 11
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Hot Topics
7
10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading,  7/22/2014
6
Have You Hugged Your Sysadmin Today?
Susan Fogarty, Editor in Chief,  7/25/2014
4
Where Is Your Cloud?
Andrew Froehlich, President & Lead Network Architect, West Gate Networks,  7/23/2014
White Papers
Register for Network Computing Newsletters
Cartoon
Current Issue
2014 Private Cloud Survey
2014 Private Cloud Survey
Respondents are on a roll: 53% brought their private clouds from concept to production in less than one year, and 60% ­extend their clouds across multiple datacenters. But expertise is scarce, with 51% saying acquiring skilled employees is a roadblock.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed