Inside A Cloud Computing Data Center

18 comments

The interior of a 40-foot container inside the new Microsoft Chicago data center, packed with servers on either side of a center aisle (click to see a larger version of this image).

The interior of a 40-foot container inside the new Microsoft Chicago data center, packed with servers on either side of a center aisle (click to see a larger version of this image).

Most cloud computing data centers aren’t open for tours. Not to worry. Data Center Knowledge has put together virtual tours using photos and videos to bring you inside some of the world’s largest cloud computing data centers. Here are some links:

  • Inside Microsoft’s Chicago Data Center: A look at the mammoth 700,000 square foot data center, featuring shipping containers packed with up to 2,000 servers apiece.
  • Inside A Google Data Center:  Highlights of a rare video tour of a Google data center, which also uses server-packed shipping containers.
  • Terremark’s Federal Data Fortress:  A detailed video tour of the NAP of the Capital Region, an ultra-secure data center in Virginia designed to host sensitive government data.
  • Inside Microsoft’s Dublin Mega Data Center: A photo tour of this newly-opened facility, which is one of the world’s most most energy efficient information facilities, and will power Microsoft’s cloud computing operations in Europe and Africa.
  • A Look Inside the Sun Cloud: The Sun Microsystems cloud computing platform is housed at the SuperNAP, a 400,000 square foot facility in Las Vegas that’s customized for high-density computing.
  • The Internet’s Busiest Intersection: The Equinix data center complex in northern Virginia is is a key connectivity hub in the digital economy.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.

Add Your Comments

  • (will not be published)

18 Comments

  1. One side effect of cloud computing is increased uncertainty about making the right decisions in IT strategy. Private cloud, federated cloud...I mean...it is very foggy... literally. I believe that we will see an increase in IT assets being acquired though leasing. Doesn't it make complete sense to lease your way into the cloud?

  2. blad3runn69

    awesome, thank you for the inside look

  3. Josh

    What no Amazon?

  4. Adam

    How does one manage to keep track of all servers, and how does the computers keep track of every single bit of data? It's pretty astonishing.

  5. So cool, Just thought I would say thanks alot very very cool info

  6. Finally I got a really nice or we can say useful post. Well explained

  7. Great article. It's an amazing look inside! This is where virtual data sleeps until retrieval.

  8. Ray Naran

    WOW! That's huge! Now we know what data in the cloud sites like, www.dropbox.com, www.mypdv.com and www.box.net are doing to store all their data......