Six months ago, two journalists were working on yet another issue of DCD Magazine, the editorial desk set out to find ten of the world’s most beautiful data centres. They were thinking: since data centres are now invading the places where people work and live, they have to be not just useful and efficient, but aesthetically pleasing too.
The response was overwhelming, with readers sharing their own opinions, and suggesting other data centres they thought should be included. They’ve seen churches converted into data centres, and data centres shaped like rice paddies, massive towers of concrete and steel, and underground bunkers to survive the apocalypse.
With that in mind, the DCD Magazine have teamed up with DCD Awards to give some official recognition to the best of the bunch – and Green Mountain need your help.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, so this award category will be decided by a public vote. Taking onboard readers’ suggestions, the shortlist now includes 15 unique data centre projects, each of them attractive in their own special way. But there can only be one winner.
To vote, go here. Voting closes on November 27, with the winner announced at the DCD Awards gala ceremony, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 7 December 2017.
The ‘World’s Most Beautiful Data Center’ award was made possible by its sponsor, Quality Uptime Services.
A Tech beauty pegeant
The full list of beautiful data centers, in no particular order, is:
Bahnhof – Pionen – Stockholm, Sweden
Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Barcelona, Spain
Switch – Pyramid Campus – Michigan, USA
Google – Mayes County Data Center – Oklahoma, USA
Naver – Gak Data Center – South Korea
Green Mountain – DC1-Stavanger – Norway
NGD – Newport – Wales, UK
Digital Realty – Amsterdam Data Tower – Amsterdam, Netherlands
AQL – Salem Chapel – Leeds, UK
LuxConnect – DC2 – Bissen, Luxembourg
Portugal Telecom – Covilhã Data Center – Covilhã, Portugal
RagingWire – TX-1 Data Center – Texas, USA
Telehouse – London North Two – London, UK
DigiPlex – Fetsund Data Center – Oslo, Norway
Malta Information Technology Agency – MITA-01 – Santa Vernera, Malta
Over on the voting page, you will be able to see images of the data centres, but they will also be highlighted in greater detail over the coming weeks.
“Data center beauty and functionality can go hand in hand. As a loyal partner to mission critical facilities, we are proud to acknowledge an architecturally appropriate data center that embraces innovation, resilience, environmental adaptation, art, and design,” Frank Monticelli, Quality Uptime Services, said.