Posted By Rich Miller On July 30, 2008 @ 7:05 am In Storage | Comments Disabled
With a growing number of providers building underground data bunkers, a leading name in data storage is entering the game in a more substantial fashion. Iron Mountain , which has been a market leader in storage of documents and backup tapes, is beginning to lease data center space in its huge facility located 220 feet underground in a limestone cave outside Pittsburgh.
CIO  recently reported that Marriott will become the largest private customer operating a data center in Iron Mountain’s 145-acre facility, which has its own fire company, water treatment plant and 24-hour security and maintenance force. Marriott is leasing 12,500 square feet of data center space from Iron Mountain for a disaster recovery “hot site.” Here’s some additional background:
The company calculated that the 10-year cost of colocating a new data center at Iron Mountain’s underground facility would be cost neutral compared to its existing agreement for disaster recovery, according to a spokesperson. Plus, the opportunity to improve energy efficiency would bring significant savings and help the company to achieve its environmental goals.
Those savings were driven by the cooling advantages of an underground facility, where the cooler temperature allows tenants to spend save money on air conditioning.
In a recent interview with ComputerWorld . Iron Mountain Digital President John Clancy discussed how cooling can be a business differentiator for a cave-based data center:
Once you go 10 or 15 feet below the surface, you’re at 58 degrees. We actually have natural cooling inside these data centers. We also have engineers that literally work on how best to work in a cave. These are all limestone mines. They’ve found ways to dig inside the limestone to capitalize on the natural flow of air. It’s a nice advantage for us in terms of power and cooling and ultimately one we can scale with. We don’t have the same power consumption needs as a typical data center.
There is one downside, which was noted by Marriott: underground data centers apparently can’t receive certification under the LEED program because the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s standards have no provisions for subterranean facilities.
Here’s another look at some of the underground data bunkers we’ve been tracking at Data Center Knowledge:
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URLs in this post:
 Iron Mountain: http://www.ironmountain.com
 CIO: http://www.cio.com/article/433665/Marriott_Goes_Underground_With_Disaster_Recovery_Virtualization_Effort
 ComputerWorld: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=knowledge_center&articleId=9110730&taxonomyId=1&intsrc=kc_feat
 StrataSpace: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Jan/24/huge_data_bunker_planned_in_louisville.html
 SpringNet Underground: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Apr/04/missouri_data_bunker_gets_hospital_tenant.html
 Cavern Technologies: http://caverntechnologies.com/drecovery.html
 The InfoBunker: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/May/21/infobunker_nuke-proof_iowa_data_center.html
 Westlin Data Center: http://www.westlin.com/
 The Bunker: http://www.thebunker.net/
 Mountains West Exploration Inc.: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Nov/09/mountains_west_buys_bunker_storage_firm.html
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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