Over the past eight years, Data Center Knowledge has taken our readers inside many of the world’s most advanced data centers. On one level, these facilities are all about functionality – moving bits from one place to another and keeping servers online and working. But they have also become striking examples of the beauty of the built environment, with a look and feel unlike other buildings. With the right perspective, the inside of a data center is a visual feast.
Today we kick off The Illustrated Data Center, a regular series that showcases some of the most unique and visually striking data centers we have seen. We begin with a look at the world of blinking lights that keep the Internet running, followed by photos illustrating the “Four Cs” of the inside of a data center – Corridors, Cabling, Cooling and Containment.
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Why are many data centers dark? Some attribute it to the desire for secrecy, to cloak systems in darkness so competitors can’t see what kind of equipment is running in your cabinet or cage. Some folks just think it looks cool. The darkness is interrupted by the lights on the servers, which blink away as they work.