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Internet Infrastructure: 4 Data Centers That Would Make Great Tours

    RagingWire CA3 Data Center in Sacramento
    RagingWire CA3 Data Center in Sacramento, Calif.

    Data center owners are getting creative in their move to build more energy-efficient facilities that meet users' needs. This push for efficiency has led to some innovative designs over the years. From facilities that sit atop bodies of water to centers tucked away in the mountains, these data centers were not just built for storage — they were designed to be seen.

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    Nautilus' Waterborne Data Center

    Nautilus Data Technologies
    Nautilus Data Technologies in Pleasanton, Calif.

    Location: Pleasanton, California

    Tenant: N/A

    SF: 30K

    Nautilus Data Technologies built one of the first-ever waterborne data centers in the world. By using water cooling technology (that is still patent pending) the facility consumes no water, and instead recycles natural water from the sea or lake. As a result it operates on far less money than traditional land-based facilities. The floating data center also reduces power usage by 30%, decreases air pollution and lowers greenhouse gas emissions. 

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    RagingWire's CA3 Data Center

    RagingWire Data Center Vault
    RagingWire Data Center Vault in Sacramento

    Location: Sacramento, California

    Tenants: Groupon, MobiTV and Polycom

    SF: 1.5M

    RagingWire Data Center's new facility in Sacramento was developed with future tours in mind. CA3, as it is called, includes large windows and walkways throughout the property that allow visitors to see the inner workings of its infrastructure  much like Superman's X-ray vision allows him to see through buildings and walls. Bright orange, blue, green and purple lighting, wall color and furniture add another element to the design, creating a sense of place for visitors. 

    RagingWire specializes in large-footprint, high-density, hybrid cloud deployments. The company is a subsidiary of global data center platform Nexcenter, which has 140 locations in 19 countries.

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    Cavern Technologies Data Center

    Cavern Technologies
    Cavern Technologies, Lenexa, Kan.

    Company Name: Cavern Technologies

    Location: Lenexa, Kansas

    Tenant: 110 tenants from startups to Fortune 1000 firms, including healthcare, financial, legal and technology firms

    SF: 115k SF

    Cavern Technologies is a provider in the development, leasing and operation of build-to-suit wholesale data centers outside Kansas City. It is the "only true underground hosting facility in the region" with fully disaster-proof data center space, according to company officials. It houses all of its equipment 125 feet under ground in an engineered facility at a temperature of 68 degrees – completely weatherproof and completely protected from natural disasters. The company also offers private data suites with flexible options.

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    Quantum Park

    Quantum Park
    Quantum Park

    Location: Ashburn, Virginia

    Tenants: Verizon Wireless

    SF: 1.9M

    This former Verizon Wireless-owned campus in Ashborne, Virginia, was sold to American Real Estate Partners and Davidson Kempner Capital Management in 2015 for $212.5M. Revered as hallowed ground in the telecommunications world, this campus was among the first high-speed data networks and spans hundreds of acres. Previously owned by farmers, the 125.8-acre campus consists of 1.9M SF of data center space and 12 buildings. It is now known as Quantum Park.

    Co-owner American Real Estate Partners has a total of four data center land sites, which can accommodate 1M SF of data center construction. The company is in the market to sell two of the four land sites, which can handle nearly 550k SF. The above rendering is what is being proposed for a site in Ashburn, Virginia.