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Data Centers in Strange Places 187

johannacw writes "Would you house a data center in a diamond mine or an old chapel? These organizations did, with great success; many of these facilities offer the latest in cooling and energy technology, among other advances. 'If you want an even more hardened environment for your data, you might look at the aptly named InfoBunker in Boone, Iowa, about an hour outside Des Moines. [...] The 65,000-square-foot, five-story site is dug deep into the ground. No one gets in without passing though the 4.5-ton steel door and then a three-step process. A scanner uses radio frequency to read the would-be entrant's skin as a biometric identifier. He then needs to use a keycard and enter a code on the keypad. This three-tier security is standard for high-level military installations, McGinnis explains.'"
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  • Re:missile silos (Score:2, Informative)

    by Tatisimo ( 1061320 ) on Wednesday October 10, 2007 @07:37PM (#20934159)
    God forbid they use an abandon missile silo! Let them use an abandoned missile silo instead!

  • Re:Above the ceiling (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 10, 2007 @08:34PM (#20934599)

    Installing computer equipment above the ceiling would be a violation of building codes in many cases, especially if the above ceiling space is used for air return. The national electric code prohibits such installations by banning the use of flexible cords above the ceiling:

    400.8(5) Flexible cords shall not be used where concealed by walls, floors or ceilings or located above suspended ceilings.

    Generally, the only time receptacles can be installed above a ceiling is the provide the receptacle required for servicing HVAC equipment.

  • by miller60 ( 554835 ) on Wednesday October 10, 2007 @09:50PM (#20935197) Homepage
    The InfoBunker, the Iowa site mentioned in TFA, is one of a number of cold war missile and/or communications facilities being used as data centers. The PJM Interconnection, which runs the East Coast power grid, is setting up a data center in a Pennsylvania site [] once used for White House-to-Kremlin communications during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Bunker [] in the UK is in a former Ministry of Defense command-and-control center. is building a major data center in the Titan building in Moses Lake, Washington, a former missile control facility.

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