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The Art of the Data Center: A Look Inside the World's Most Innovative and Compelling Computing Environments


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Today, data centers are the beating hearts of the companies they serve. Data centers process billions of Internet transactions every day. It's therefore critical for companies and IT organizations to understand the state-of-the-art in data center design. Narrow aspects - such as cooling, wiring, or power usage - are often the subject of technical documents. But it's rare to find a holistic view of how a great data center was designed - until now. In The Art of the Data Center, Cisco's Doug Alger takes you behind the scenes at eighteen of the world's most innovative data centers. Through interviews with their designers, Alger reveals why key decisions were made, and shows how construction and other challenges were overcome. He goes behind the scenes with pioneering companies like Cisco, Amazon, eBay, and Facebook, presenting design lessons that can be applied in widely diverse environments.

Readers will encounter amazing data centers like these:

  • A data center built into a 1920s chapel

  • A data center built in an underground military bunker, with artificial daylight, manmade waterfalls, and submarine engines providing standby power

  • A data center inspired by a chicken coop

  • The world's first all solar data center

Data center professionals directly involved in planning, design, or operations will find this book remarkably useful - and a much broader audience of IT executives and practitioners will find it utterly fascinating.

About the Author

Douglas Alger is a newspaper reporter turned Data Center guy who has worked for more than 15 years in Data Center operations, physical design, architecture, project management, and more. He hosts the Data Center Deconstructed blog and has written two other books, Build the Best Data Center Facility for Your Business and Grow a Greener Data Center. Doug is an IT Architect at Cisco. He previously was a writer and editor in the News & Publications office of Syracuse University and a full-time stringer for the Los Angeles Times, where he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Northridge Earthquake. Doug has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State University.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 ACT

Chapter 2 AISO

Chapter 3 Bahnhof

Chapter 4 Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Chapter 5 Calcul Quebec

Chapter 6 Cisco

Chapter 7 Citi

Chapter 8 Digital Realty Trust

Chapter 9 eBay

Chapter 10 Facebook

Chapter 11 Greenhouse Data

Chapter 12 IBM

Chapter 13 Intel

Chapter 14 IO

Chapter 15 Netapp

Chapter 16 Syracuse University

Chapter 17 Terremark Chapter 18 Yahoo!

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Alger, Douglas
Prentice Hall
Networking - General
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