“The thing that most surprised me about the data center was how much of the space was taken up by support systems, and how little space was actually used for servers,” says Arnall. Timo Arnall
Digital Beijing data center located on the northern end of the cities central axis, served as the control and data center for the 2008 Olympic Games. Nowadays it is a virtual museum and an exhibition center for manufacturers of digital products.
General Mills Computing Power
The big, bright and cutting edge General Mills computer room in 1971. Today, all this computing power would just about fit into a laptop.
How solar can make data centers more efficient
By Ucilia Wang Nov. 10, 2011, 12:00am
Pairing solar with data centers may not be a novel idea, but you’ll have a hard time finding companies that rely solely on solar electricity to power their servers. That’s because many of those servers need a reliable power source like the brain needs a steady supply of blood, and solar energy is variable (it flows only when the sun shines). But what if the use of solar power could help data center owners save energy, reduce the cost of cooling data center equipment and guarantee a steady power supply? That’s the idea that IBM is exploring as it anticipates a greater use of servers that run on direct current (DC) and can respond to queries from customers in developing countries where the grid isn’t dependable, said Roger Schmidt, an IBM fellow and its chief engineer for data center energy efficiency.http://gigaom.com/cleantech/how-solar-can-make-data-centers-more-efficient/
Let’s try something different
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Datawire Data Center Zug, Switzerland
(circa 2009 video)
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