Underground Data Center the Future?

Underground Data Center the Future?

On May 8th 2013 Data Center Knowledge posted an interesting article about a facility called “Iron Mountain” in Boyers Pennsylvania. Iron Mountain is unique in the fact that it plans to offer collocation space 220 feet underground in a former limestone mine. With the facility being located that far underground it benefits from having a naturally low ambient temperature of 52 degrees.
 
As someone that’s passionate about wine it occurred to me that this is the same type of concept that’s always been used in the old world (Europe) for wine aging and storage. Often these storage areas were built in naturally occurring caves or into a hillside where it was easy to tunnel. The wine benefits from the cool stable temperature just as a data center would. Somehow I had never previously connected the dots with this concept but it now makes perfect sense. In many areas of the country companies struggle during the spring, summer and fall with the outside temperatures affecting the performance and stability of their data centers. If you combine the environmental temperature stability of the underground location with a cooling product such as OptiCool® you would have a match made in heaven. Given the low interest rates for purchasing property these days, the ever increasing need for cloud computing and collocation services I can only imagine that we will start to see more and more of these types of facilities pop up in the future.
 
If you are interested in reading the article it can be found here:
http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/05/08/iron-mountain/