Stained Glass in the Data Center

Most data centers don’t have windows, much less decorative ones. But the new data center at Boston College has an array of stained glass windows, including one depicting St. Isidore of Seville, whom the Vatican has dubbed the Patron Saint of the Internet. The BC data center has been relocated from the O’Neill Library to St. Clement’s Hall in Brighton, which the college acquired as part of a land purchase from the Archdiocese of Boston in 2004, according to

St. Clement’s Hall was once a dormitory for St. John’s Seminary, and it boasts 16 stained-glass windows that BC has preserved. It may be one of the most visually interesting data centers you’re likely to come across, but perhaps not ideal for weathering a hurricane (or, given the location, a major Nor’easter). Let’s hope that uptime comes under the protective care of the patron saint of the Internet.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.