Inside Iron Mountain’s Room 48

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Underground “nuke proof” data bunkers have been used in commercial storage for decades, but in recent years have emerged as a growing niche in the data center ecosystem. Perhaps no company reflects that transition as well as Iron Mountain, a traditional leader in document storage that is now focusing on building its digital storage business. The flagship facility in the company’s push into the data center sector is a huge underground facility in western Pennsylvania. That’s where Iron Mountain has developed an energy-efficient data center known as Room 48, which combines the natural cooling of the former limestone mine with recent innovations in data center design. Here’s an illustrated guide to Iron Mountain’s Energy-Efficient Bunker.

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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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