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Making Data Centers More People-Friendly 137

1sockchuck writes "Data centers are designed to house servers, not people. This has often meant trade-offs for data center staffers, who brave 100-degree hot aisles and perform their work at laptop carts. But some data center developers are rethinking this approach and designing people-friendly data centers with Class-A offices and amenities for staff and visitors. Is this the future of data center design?"
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Making Data Centers More People-Friendly

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  • Wimps (Score:5, Funny)

    by RobotRunAmok ( 595286 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @07:08PM (#35363166)

    In my day Data Centers were at the top of snow mountains which you had to climb barefooted or be turned away. We built them to keep the machinery happy, not the people, whom we preferred behaved like machinery.

    We liked our Data Centers the way we liked our women: Bright, White, Antiseptic, and Bitterly Cold.

  • by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @08:39PM (#35364018)

    ... amenities for staff and visitors ...

    I want a pony.

  • by Culture20 ( 968837 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @08:54PM (#35364108)
    Air intake is from the cool aisle, not hot aisle. Essentially, GP is saying that if the hot aisle is anything lower than 120F, there is extra air-conditioning getting into the cool aisle that shouldn't (waste of cool air). It's more of a health gauge at that end of the computer, kinda like digestion: you make sure you eat well (habitually check the air temperature of the cool side to make sure it's cool enough), and you occasionally look at your stool for corn/blood (see if hot aisle is warm enough) to make sure everything's working as it should.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @09:03PM (#35364190)

    This troll was good, though my favorites are more like "My boss asked me to spend $5 million upgrading the machine room but I've never done this before, so do you have any advice? Should I include comfy chairs?" or "I'm considering upgrading my skills, do you think it would be worth it to learn Javascript or should I just go to grad school at MIT?" Or sometimes, "I'm having a big fight with my boss, can you give me some evidence that Erlang is really the programming language of the future?" I love slashdot.

  • Re:Wimps (Score:5, Funny)

    by PPH ( 736903 ) on Wednesday March 02, 2011 @09:44PM (#35364554)

    We liked our Data Centers the way we liked our women:

    Hot. And always going down.

I THINK MAN INVENTED THE CAR by instinct. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.