I came across the coolest looking datacenter today, and probably the coolest looking place, bar none, ever built (thanks to Royal Pingdom). It was built by one of Sweedens largest ISP's as a new high profile datacenter, and yes, it's under ground, made to look like Dr. Evil's mountain of extreme doom, with fog machines and all inside the workplace!
If you've ever seen something you've really wanted in your cubicle I'm sure you'll find it here. The workplace looks like a paintball arena, there are weird waterfall things, colors, lights, and of course it's in a cavern. I always thought Google was the best place to work, now I'm having second thoughts!
The place has backup power from two submarine engines, a "small" 1.5 megawatts of energy are used on cooling the servers, and there is just so much coolness to this I can't begin to explain. Oh, by the way, you could supposedly hurl a hydrogen bomn very near the place and it would withstand the effects! Now that's a safe datacenter! Take a look at Royal Pingdom for some pics and an interview the CEO of the company who built the place.
Some facts about the data center:
Originally a nuclear bunker: The data center is housed in what was originally a military bunker and nuclear shelter during the Cold War era. The facility still has the code name from its military days: Pionen White Mountains.
Located in central Stockholm below 30 meters (almost 100 ft) of bedrock: The facility has 1110 sqm (11950 sq ft) of space and is located below 30 meters of solid bedrock (granite) right inside the city.
German submarine engines for backup power: Backup power is handled by two Maybach MTU diesel engines producing 1.5 Megawatt of power. The engines were originally designed for submarines, and just for fun the people at Pionen have also installed the warning system (sound horns) from the original German submarine.
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