January 5, 2016  —  by

The coolest Data Centers in the world

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High-speed Internet, reliability, security, creative cooling systems and energy consumption are all important considerations in the data center world. Below you can see 4 of the coolest data centers in the world.

Bahnhof Pionen White Mountains Data Center – Stockholm, Sweden

The Pionen White Mountains data center opened in 2008 and is another Bahnhof masterpiece. The facility was built in a Cold War-era bunker in Stockholm and is capable of withstanding a hydrogen bomb. Sitting beneath nearly 100 feet of rock, the cavern was little more than an empty, eerie cave before architect Albert France-Lanord and Internet service provider Bahnhof transformed it into what it is today.

Google Data Center – Hamina, Finland

In 2009, Google acquired the building and converted it into an innovative data center cooled entirely by seawater, rather than drinking water. This is pumped from the Gulf of Finland into the building via a pre-existing tunnel and is used to cool the company’s servers. The Hamina facility is one of three data centers that Google operates in Europe (the other two are in Belgium and Ireland). Get inside this Data Center here

Facebook – Oregon, USA

Facebook’s Prineville, Oregon data center glows with austere blue lighting. The center opened in the spring of 2011 and strives to be energy-efficient, reducing its impact on the environment.

 


Très Grand Centre de Calcul – Bruyères-le-Châtel, France

The Très Grand Centre de Calcul (TGCC) in Bruyères-le-Châtel, France is a mixture of alien beauty and raw power. The center houses CURIE, a supercomputer designed by French IT company Bull. Bull created CURIE for the French computing organization Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif (GENCI).