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Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48 87

twailgum writes "Twenty-two stories underground in Iron Mountain's Western Pennsylvania facility, 'you'll find Room 48, an experiment in data center energy efficiency. Open for just six months, the room is used by Iron Mountain to discover the best way to use geothermal conditions and engineering designs to establish the perfect environment for electronic documents. Room 48 is also being used to devise a geothermal-based environment that can be tapped to create efficient, low-cost data centers.'"
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Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48

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  • by vvaduva ( 859950 ) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @10:37AM (#30376808)

    Very cool stuff, but the rest of us who don't own mines don't really benefit from this solution. TFA says the mine layout and the underground lake are an "anomaly" of nature to begin with. We need solutions for "normal" data centers.

    Either way, this was a great read. Thanks for sharing.

  • by mollog ( 841386 ) on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @12:22PM (#30377822)
    Out of the mine, or out of the datacenter?

    They are already moving warm air out of the datacenter. I would suppose that air can then pass through the power room to cool it, too.
  • Re:InfoBunker (Score:3, Insightful)

    by plover ( 150551 ) * on Wednesday December 09, 2009 @03:20PM (#30379766) Homepage Journal

    I'd much rather be in that facility myself - rather than my digital documents - if nuclear bombs started falling close to my location.

    I think I'd rather be out getting a suntan that day. Do you really want to spend the rest of your very shortened life starving to death while defending a concrete hole in the ground from roving gangs of mutants? Surrounded by a post-apocalyptic wasteland? The only settlements will make Bartertown look like a nice family-oriented place to live. And don't forget the cannibals. And probably zombies, too.

    Nope, the cockroaches are going to be the only winners of that battle; why fight them for the crown?

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