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The top 10 most unique data centres

Data Centre Magazine explores the strangest, coolest and most bizarre data centre projects around the world

|Jul 27|magazine4 min read

The majority of modern data centres are housed in uniform boxes of glass and steel, located in sprawling industrial estates near large cities. Just look at Ashburn Virginia, the United States’ “Data Centre Alley”, where more than 118 data centres huddle together on top of one of the world’s densest fiber networks, providing connectivity to nearby Washington DC and most of the Eastern Seaboard. 

However, there are several concerns that have led to some data centres taking on a slightly more unique identity. Security - both physical and digital - is a major issue for data centre providers charged with guarding state, government and personal secrets. Climate Change is making the need for sustainable data centre solutions more pressing every day, as companies look for ways to reduce the massive power demands of these massive facilities. 

Cities are also becoming less welcoming to new data centre projects. Recent news from the Netherlands about a new hyperscale facility (supposedly being built by Facebook) sparked controversy when Dutch news reported that the local farmers weren’t being given a choice over whether to sell the land they had worked for generations. Amsterdam itself only recently lifted a total ban on data centre construction within its city limits, citing environmental impact and its citizens’ prejudice against these large, faceless cubes dotted across their historic city. 

In response to these pressures, data centre companies have gotten creative over the years, seeking out remote or repurposed locations for some truly unique data centre projects. Click the link below to read about Data Centre Magazine’s top 10 most unique data centre facilities.