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Entries in data centers (5)

Friday
May192017

A Funny Thing May Happen on the Way to AI

Image: Markus Spiske

When we picture the future of technology, scenes from “The Terminator” or “2001: A Space Odyssey” might first enter our minds, showing us the end of humanity or the rampage of psychotic robots. But regardless of how it’s portrayed in films or the number of industry experts (Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking) warning us of its risks, leading edge technology is growing at an incredible pace and with it, an ever more automated society.

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Tuesday
Oct112016

Where Data Centers Meet Design

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“How do you get excited about designing a space that’s for machines and not for people?”

I’ll never forget being asked that question years ago at the end of a presentation about a data center project. It’s a valid question about what it means to be an architect for data centers – buildings that are typically considered more engineering-focused than design-focused.

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Friday
Dec182015

Your Secret Weapon in 2016: The Design of your Data Center

Confidential Software Client, Hillsboro, Ore. Image by Ryan Cook

The data center isn’t back of house business anymore. Long gone are the days when company data centers were out of sight and out of the public consciousness, managed by the proverbial wizards behind the curtain. In the tech-fueled economy, data centers not only ensure the delivery of critical service, they make headlines. There’s Facebook’s wind powered data center in Fortune and Intel’s CTO in The Wall Street Journal standing next to the data center that could rival Google and Facebook. The data center has taken its rightful place as a competitive advantage for the company that does it right.

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Monday
Feb092015

Fully Charged: Examining the Pros and Cons of Using Fuel Cell Systems in Large-Scale Applications

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The United States is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for fuel cell technology. In 2012, nearly 80 percent of total investment in the global fuel cell industry was made in U.S. companies.

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Friday
Sep262014

4 Trends Shaping the Future of Data Centers

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As iPhone 6 mania continues to sweep around the globe this week, and people are newly focused on how mobile technology will transform their lives, I’m thinking about the data centers that underpin our computing systems. When our use of technology grows and changes, the infrastructure that supports it changes, too. As a designer of mission critical facilities, I’ve learned that it’s really difficult to build data centers to keep pace with technology, yet that’s a reality we face along with our clients. At Gensler, our Mission Critical practice watches changes carefully. Here are the four trends we see impacting data centers most today.

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