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Eight Pictures of the World's Stunning Datacenters

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Someday, these could be Skynet.

Big datacenters aren't typically places of beauty – at least not to the common eye without knowledge of computer hardware and industrial design. While the main goal of a datacenter is squarely on practicality, there's still a lot to be appreciated about these massive systems in place that serve us bits and bytes.

TechRepublic has a gallery showing off the new Microsoft Data Center in Chicago. Here are a few of our favorites.

Microsoft's facility is a model in practicality, but which datacenter is the most stylish? Bahnhof, an ISP in Sweden, must be one of the forerunners. Believe it or not, Bahnhof's data center is located in a Cold War-era underground nuclear bunker and has waterfall fountains and exotic fish. Check out the pictures and video below.

Bahnhof.se ISP

via Hack N Mod.

Do you work in a datacenter? How do these places compared to your workplace?

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    exfileme , April 9, 2010 1:00 AM
    my data center uses hamsters.
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    _Cubase_ , April 9, 2010 1:48 AM
    Female Swedish employees + transparent flooring = WIN
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    IzzyCraft , April 9, 2010 2:18 AM
    pretty sure that is a bond villans HQ
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    exfileme , April 9, 2010 1:00 AM
    my data center uses hamsters.
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    chickenhoagie , April 9, 2010 1:28 AM
    wow these look awesome..the building in chicago looks like those crazy rooms you see in the movies, and well same for the sweden datacenter also. something like the batcave..just awesome.


    But..why are they spending so much on this?...there's just no way they're using that datacenter to its full potential.
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    Shadow703793 , April 9, 2010 1:37 AM
    That's no water fall! That's Fluorinert! :lol: 

    Anyways, why the green/blue lighting in Pic #1 and #2?
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    Shadow703793 , April 9, 2010 1:38 AM
    I'd love to work at Bahnhof's data center.
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    _Cubase_ , April 9, 2010 1:48 AM
    Female Swedish employees + transparent flooring = WIN
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    nukem950 , April 9, 2010 1:59 AM
    I want one.
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    Shadow703793 , April 9, 2010 2:02 AM
    _cubase_Female Swedish employees + transparent flooring = WIN

    lol, EPIC WIN!
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    polly the parrot , April 9, 2010 2:05 AM
    _cubase_Female Swedish employees + transparent flooring = WIN


    I laughed. :p 
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    IzzyCraft , April 9, 2010 2:18 AM
    pretty sure that is a bond villans HQ
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    warmon6 , April 9, 2010 2:21 AM
    well, if the underground bunker has the same temps as deep caves i have been in (around 59F or 15C), it should keep the data center nice and cool.

    As for all the data center pics. all i can say is... oooooo and aaaaaa.
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    commhealy , April 9, 2010 2:23 AM
    Imagine the seti units these places could crunch
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    screechy , April 9, 2010 3:03 AM
    But can it.... Take over the world?
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    lauxenburg , April 9, 2010 3:03 AM
    The MS data center looks very professional just by its magnitude and how clean it looks.
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    secolliyn , April 9, 2010 3:15 AM
    Ehh i guess ill take two just For redundancy
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    pythy , April 9, 2010 3:21 AM
    But can it run Crysis?? You bet!!
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    jsm6746 , April 9, 2010 3:49 AM
    a) everything is in server cabinets b) it's really freaking loud and c) it's severely lacking in blonde swedish hotties...
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    archange , April 9, 2010 5:55 AM
    Erm - Banhof accepting applications?!
    I think I'm ready to move to Sweden now...
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    ecmjr , April 9, 2010 5:59 AM
    @ exfileme :

    Mine uses chickens to push the buttons :) 
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    clownbaby , April 9, 2010 6:09 AM
    wow. I've had a hand in building more than a few data centers, and at the most mine were a testament to cable management (cat 6 and fiber). No architectural aesthetics, let alone beauty were ever a consideration. I still take pride into neatly running 5000+ data cables into a server room the size of a small closet and adequately cooling the equipment.

    Bush league compared to this stuff though. Hell, flat amateur compared to this.
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    t2couger , April 9, 2010 6:10 AM
    crap i wish my dc looked like that lol
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