9 Data Centers: Unexpected Beauty And Creativity, October 04, 2012 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.
A Solar-Powered Data Center
For the most part, data centers are viewed as power hogs. They consume vast amounts of electricity to run their machines and cool the facility. A data center in Romoland, Calif., run by Affordable Internet Services Online, proves that doesn't have to be the case. It uses 120 solar panels to provide its primary power and has mirrored tubes to bring in natural light. It has a 10,000 gallon rainwater collection system to avoid using the municipal water supply. It also uses air conditioning systems that the provider says consume 90% less energy than conventional air conditioners. Image courtesy of AISO.