Host Installs Carpeting in Data Center

A look at the new carpeting installed in a hosting data center in Minneapolis.

In an unconventional move, Minneapolis ISP and hosting provider ipHouse announced today that it has installed new carpeting in its data center. The move is a departure from flooring decisions seen in most data centers, which typically employ a raised-floor design to accommodate a cooling system in which cold air enters the server area through floor tiles. Some data centers opt for a slab design and introduce cooling from above the racks.

But ipHouse said its approach offered both aesthetic and technical benefits. “The reduced noise in the data center creates a relaxing environment for both the users of the data center and the servers themselves,” ipHouse said in its announcement. “This increases the lifespan of the storage subsystems by nearly eliminating the vibrations that affect the spindle wobble on high speed hard disk drives. A quiet/serene data center makes for well behaved servers. This helps us achieve our goal of a datacenter based on the idea that good servers should be seen and not heard.”

If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably figured out that it’s April 1, and the folks at ipHouse have joined in the Internet tradition of April Fool’s spoofs (and dragged us along with them). Here’s a roundup of some of today’s notable pranks, including the Google gag.

UPDATE: We also have an April Fool’s Day post from Rackspace Apps and the latest installment in Eaton’s series of Thanks, Backup! videos.

Are there any other good data center and/or hosting pranks out there? Share them in the comments.

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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.

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  1. Phil

    Yep. First think I though of was static build-up.

  2. N. Lyne

    I really like the addition of the Wall Sconce lighting behind/above the far row of racks too. Gives it a "feel like home" touch to the place, well along with the edge of what looks like a big screen tv to the left of the shot too. Nice job guys ;)

  3. anon

    imho, this is not a good way to go.. how do you handle the fibers/particulate in the air, or the vaccum needs (hepa?), or the glue vapors, re-carpeting, etc

  4. Thanks, we had fun putting it all together.