Most data centers are hidden away inside faceless warehouses and sport massive rows of computers and giant air conditioning units to keep things cool. But apparently that’s not good enough for Microsoft, so for its newest data center, the company crammed 12 racks of servers into a bus-sized metal cylinder, and then…
A data center without data is... well, just a center, I guess. But it’s quite fascinating to actually see inside one, before all the server racks arrive.
Facebook has announced that it’s building a fifth data center—adding to other four in Oregon, Iowa, North Carolina, and Sweden. The latest addition will be also be entirely run on renewable energy.
Nuclear bunkers have fallen out of fashion in recent years, but that doesn't mean you can't transform one into a delightful bed and breakfast. This bunker in Scotland is currently up for sale and even includes a fascinating history: It's situated on a former POW camp.
When residents of Howard County, Maryland, flush their toilets, their sewage will soon end up at the NSA's new computer center several miles away. Collecting and storing so much data has been generating a whole lotta heat for the NSA—we mean this quite literally—and the agency's now buying treated wastewater to cool…
Data centers are some of the most power-hungry pieces of infrastructure that exist today, but Microsoft has plans to make them a little greener—by powering its racks with built-in fuel cells.
In 2011 Facebook reported that their first data center in Prineville, OR had a high humidity issue. Probably not the best condition for servers, sure. But it turns out that wonky temperature controls were actually causing condensation in the data center. Like indoor rain. Like it was literally raining in the server…
North Carolina: home of BBQ, beaches, and Apple's gi-freaking-normous data center. It's where iCloud lives, and maybe Siri! And now the company is putting the finishing touches on a new center. Why? Nobody really knows. So Wired checked it out.
It's not just the bullets that are getting smarter. As the US military pushes for deeper technological integration in its fighting forces, more and more bandwidth and computing power will be needed to keep everything connected. Dell's new self-contained server rooms will turn even the most remote Forward Operating…
Call it the battle of Maiden. This week, Apple and Greenpeace traded very public barbs over how much clean power is used by Apple's $1 billion state-of-the-art data center in Maiden, North Carolina.
The Olympics is all about grand feats of athletic prowess and endurance demonstrated by its competitors. But for the folks behind the scenes, it's hardly a party. In fact, engineers running data centers around the Olympics will be sleeping in these tiny pods next to their computers the whole time.
Just how far will Google go to hide its custom-built data-center hardware from the rest of the world?
This is Apple's new data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Unlike most power-hungry centers, this won't be gobbling up energy from the grid: it's going to be powered by the sun. If you can't get your products made 100 per cent ethically, at least you can try and be eco-friendly, right?
Data centers are power-hungry, and Facebook's Oregon center in Crook County is no exception, using 28MW. While that's fairly standard, it has doubled the power use of the county.
When you think of Facebook you don't exactly think 'environmentally friendly'. All those data centres burning through electricity, powering your virtual social lives. Facebook's first push out of the US might be a tad kinder to the environment, using Arctic cooling.
Google just announced that its data centers use 260 million watts to power Google searches, YouTube videos, Gmails, ads and so on and so on. That's about a quarter of the output of a freaking nuclear power plant. Or more power than Salt Lake City uses.
The enemy of my enemy is my data center server provider, or something. Anyway, rumor says Apple is using Microsoft and Amazon servers to power iCloud. How cozy! [AppleInsider]
Google has never been upfront about its electricity usage, but with all those data centers, its power consumption was expected to be enormous. Apparently, these estimates have been off, way off.
We already knew what Apple's 500,000sq/ft iCloud data center looked like thanks to some sneaky filming, but if you were to previously type in "6081 Startown Road" to Google Maps, you'd see nothing but green fields. Until now.