The Shutdown: Dismantling A Data Center

We’ve seen lots of time-lapse videos of people building server rooms and data centers. But here’s the first example I’ve seen of a time-lapse video of someone breaking down a data center. YouTube user dragonfly5446 has put together a unique look at the decommissioning of a facility in northern Virginia with 300 servers and 40 network devices. The video was created by positioning a Nikon D7000 camera in high-traffic areas of the data center and setting it to take a picture every seven to 12 seconds. The entire process is set to music, to very cool effect. This video runs about 11 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. Great video! There's one in a similar vein here, where we relocated around 300 servers and network devices out of a legacy datacentre. Enjoy! Robin

  2. Hey! What are they doing to the servers when they connect a monitor - before packing them up? Erazing the array?

  3. Probably keeping inventory of servers . I don't see them connecting to the servers actually. They shutdown remotely, too.

  4. Nice Video, Plenty of exercise done on those days xD