The stereotypical data center is a nondescript gray building with obscure signage and tighter-than normal security. That the community is rarely aware of the high-tech contents is just another security measure, right?
On the other hand, data centers and the companies that own them are part of their communities, like it or not, and some of them are starting to embrace that fact rather than playing it down. One aspect of that trend is the growing commitment to renewable energy sources for data centers, but this week I noticed a few more visible examples you might enjoy:
Data Center Knowledge | Yevgeniy Sverdlik features the art decorating the exterior of Google’s Dublin, Ireland data center, but it is part of the wider Data Center Mural Project. Google commissions local artists in the communities surrounding their data centers to adorn their walls for the enjoyment of the public and employees alike. There are four locations so far, and hopefully more to come!
Data Center Knowledge | Another piece from Yevgeniy covers the launch of Switch’s new data center outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rather than beautifying the outside of a standard building, Switch made use of the old Steelcase Pyramid (along with some generous tax breaks from the state) in a case of adaptive reuse that revitalizes this local landmark while giving the company a dramatic showcase for their technology and services.
Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nicole Raz shares another example of Switch’s impact on the communities they operate in. To connect their data centers in Las Vegas and Tahoe-Reno, Switch funded the installation of more than 450 miles of fiber-optic cable. This backbone opens up the potential for rural towns all along its path to install fiber to schools, businesses and homes.
This week, we've also been enjoying a new video about how one of our partners is using the Glass Core to transform physical infrastructure into a managed dynamic network asset. Take a look, and let me know what you think in the comments below!