Inside the ‘James Bond Villain’ Data Center

Update: As of Dec. 2, 2010, Bahnhof was serving as one of the European hosts for the Wikileaks web site, which is no longer using the Amazon Web Services cloud to distribute its files. See Netcraft for details.

In an underground bunker 100 feet beneath Stockholm lies a unique facility operated by the Swedish ISP Bahnhof. It’s become known as the “James Bond Villain Data Center” after it was featured on the Pingdom web site last year. Dean Nelson of Data Center Pulse recently got a tour of the data center from Bahnhof CEO Jon Karlung, who provided a look at the many unusual features of the facility, a former military bunker designed to withstand a hydrogen bomb blast. Karlung has said he drew his inspiration for many of the center’s flourishes from James Bond villains (especially Ernst Blofeld), hence the waterfalls, greenhouse-style NOC, glass-enclosed conference room “floating” above the colocation floor, and blue-lit diesel engines (supposedly used in German submarines). This video runs about 9 minutes.

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About the Author

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.

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  1. alh

    it is not Bahnof, nor Banhof, it is Bahnhof

  2. Thanks! We've corrected the spelling of Bahnhof.

  3. alh

    it is neither Bahnof nor Banhof, it is Bahnhof

  4. Dustin

    Wow. That is definitely the best data center in the World. When I get my Computer Networking degree, I want to work there, preferably on one of the platforms connected by the rope bridge.

  5. Danny

    Why is the video dated April 20, 2009?

  6. Andrew

    Either those gennys are for show only, or they're pretty sure about their power supply. Any genny capable of generating enough power to run a datacenter is going to be NOISY - far too noisy to want to be anywhere close when they fire up. It would also need a far larger exhaust than can be seen in this video (not to mention air supply, too). So cool it might be, but I'm not putting my servers there.

  7. ville

    haha nice I have walked past that weird looking gate several times wondering what the hell it is

  8. 4fthawaiian

    The only thing lacking is a huge set of doors in the side of the mountain that open up for helipad access ;)

  9. Do you expect me to talk? No Mr Bond, I expect you to take co-location!

  10. bill-at-the-gates

    the partys in there were wild ;and; i'm sure co-locating there will be well worth the cost since it'll be really highend considering they've bought themselves some serious access the last couple of years and they're taking a stand when it comes to integrity - should be every pro-integritists firsthandchoice.

  11. ChayD

    Awseomeness! I'd happily swap my regular datacenter job (big boring nondescipt white-tiled building) and emigrate to work here!

  12. Cire

    Nevertheless this is a very cool data center! As far as protecting all servers etc, I'm sure it will accomplish this, but what will protect all fiber connections coming out of this data center? If like he said, hydrogen bomb went off, all communications outside of the data center will be terminated =/

  13. MrYoinks

    Someone plays Minecraft.