Mind-blowing data centers

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  • 10-feet stone fence surrounding the facility, with another 4-feet of electrical fence on top

  • Gated entries

  • Metal detectors

  • Handheld scanners

  • Explosive sniffers

  • RFID-enabled access systems

  • Biometric scanners

  • 1500 cameras

  • The Strange Ones

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    Data centers are being housed in the strangest of places – buildings that look like homes or parking garages or even water towers.

    Lincoln Board of Education in Linoln, Neb.

    • Data center built in boiler room of old high school

    Altamonte Springs, Fla., city government

    • Data center in a former water tank with 8-inch thick concrete walls and designed to hold 770,000 gallons of water

    Beth Bacheldor writes ITworld's Data Center Diaries blog. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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