The world's coolest data centers

Data centers gobble up energy and generate heat, but here are some data centers that try to do it with their own flair

Lakeside Technology Center, Chicago: Formerly the printing facility for the Sears catalogue, this building has been converted to a 1.1 million square foot data center. The reinforced floors, tall ceilings and high-capacity air ducts needed to accommodate printing presses proved suitable for data center equipment and cooling needs as well. Now a telecom hotel leased to Equinix and Global Center, the building has room for 210,000 computer servers and stores 300,000 gallons of fuel to for backup generators.

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  • Pasc

    I find the concept of liquids in the datacentre totally terrifying.

    You just know you're going to come in one morning, and the place will be full of ice cubes...

  • Pasc

    With an entrance like that, you know that it's a serious place!