By: Jeff Simmermon at 05:59 pm
We’re building a new data center in Charlotte, NC to process the phone, broadband, and video that makes up so much of our customer’s lives. I took a tour of it a few weeks ago, and took a bunch of photos that I’m slowly digging through.
While I have been working on that project, Google posted a really, really well-done series of photos and video that both show off their high-tech data center and work to humanize the people behind the machines. It’s a sleek, excellent triumph of PR and corporate communication, and I’d encourage you to check it out. And yes, I am totally jealous of this gallery/video combo:
Our facility looks very similar, with less colorful pipes. However, we’re still in the construction phase now. This photo is actually one of my favorites from the trip — it shows what WILL be a massive server room that processes high-speed data and video for every single one of our customers, but without the actual servers:
There’s something about that room that I just love. It feels like a post-apocalyptic underground lab. Or a Iron Man’s parking lot. Or a room that’s full of potential for high-tech innovation, a powerful and nearly invisible link in the chain that connects us all to one another in the present day.
Which it really is, if you think about it.