Posted By Rich Miller On July 14, 2009 @ 1:16 pm In Disaster Recovery | 6 Comments
The expansion by The Bunker  reflects the growing niche for underground “nuke-proof” data storage facilities housed in former military facilities, mines or limestone caves. These subterranean fortresses have strong appeal for tenants seeking ultra-secure hosting that will survive any eventuality – including a nuclear blast.
This trend has given new life to aging military bunkers in the US, UK and Canada. Although security is usually the primary motivation for customers, underground facilities offer advantages to the data center operator. Chief among them is cooling, as these subterranean facilities typically have a natural temperature of 60 degrees or lower.
There are challenges as well, especially managing humidity that can be harmful to servers. Underground data centers also can’t receive certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program for energy efficient buildings because the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s standards has no provision for subterranean facilities.
Here’s a list of all the underground data bunker projects we’ve been tracking at Data Center Knowledge:
Know of any underground data bunkers we’ve missed? Tell us about them in the comments.
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URLs in this post:
 The Bunker: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/07/14/building-a-bigger-greener-bunker/
 “James Bond Villain” data center: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/04/15/inside-the-james-bond-villain-data-center/
 SmartBunker: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/02/27/smartbunker-rides-out-uk-earthquake/
 The U.S. Secure Hosting Center: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/01/06/wikia-search-launches-from-iowa-data-bunker/
 Iron Mountain: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/07/30/iron-mountains-natural-cooling-advantage/
 Montgomery Westland: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/12/13/large-expansion-for-houston-data-bunker/
 The Mountain Complex: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/12/11/ozark-mountain-data-bunker-gets-tenant/
 SpringNet Underground: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Apr/04/missouri_data_bunker_gets_hospital_tenant.html
 The InfoBunker: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/May/21/infobunker_nuke-proof_iowa_data_center.html
 Cavern Technologies: http://caverntechnologies.com
 Japan’s Chubu region: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/11/14/sun-partners-in-400m-data-center-in-japan/
 former coal mine: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/11/18/databunker-in-japan-to-use-30-blackboxes/
 BastionHost: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/12/16/bastionhost-buys-nova-scotia-data-bunker/
 StrataSpace: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Jan/24/huge_data_bunker_planned_in_louisville.html
 PrairieBunkers: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/12/08/prairie-bunkers-planned-for-nebraska-ammo-sites/
 Mountains West Exploration: 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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