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Eight Pictures of the World's Stunning Datacenters

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.

via Hack N Mod.

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

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.