Whether you call them hyperscale or webscale, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are global powerhouses, each with massive data centers pushing the cutting edge of network technology. Generally, I focus on the innovative designs of the data centers themselves, or the technology innovations within, but this week I found a few articles looking at these facilities from less familiar - and in some cases more beautiful - angles.
Read on for more detail, and let me know what you think in the comments below.
TechCrunch | Mark Zuckerberg originally shared this stunning photo essay featuring the Luleå data center on Facebook (of course!), but I found it via TechCrunch. Josh Constine shares the photos, Zuckerberg’s captions, and some light commentary of his own – but it’s really the photos that steal the day. #2 is my favorite, but hopefully there will be more in the near future!
The Post and Courier | Artist Ingrid Burrington used aerial photos of three of Google’s data centers to create works of art which show different images as the viewer’s angle changes – elegantly displaying the transformation from bare construction site to the huge buildings that house Google’s computing power. The artist says she hopes to help viewers to understand the massive infrastructure behind a simple activity like searching through photos online.
Data Center Knowledge | Returning to a more familiar theme, Yevgeniy Sverdlik reports on the latest examples of renewable energy projects being developed specifically to support hyperscale data centers. Within the span of a couple of weeks, Apple announced completion of a solar farm in Arizona, while Amazon announced construction of a wind farm in Texas. Green energy generation is only one facet of the hyperscale approach to infrastructure, however, as the latest Microsoft data center design has made headlines with a PUE of only 1.1, achieved through a mix of different efficiency innovations.
Have you spotted other articles taking an unconventional or unexpected view of data centers and how they intersect with everyday life? Share your favorite links in the comments below, or send me an email!