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 Post subject: New Use for a Mine...
PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:53 pm 
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Need a new hosting server? How about one in a mine?

http://www.computerworld.com/action/art ... Id=9041000

See Page 4

"DeBeers Canada put the data center for its newly opened Snap Lake diamond mine into two cargo ship containers retrofitted with doors, windows and insulation for IT use. The environment is punishing. The data center is in Canada's Northwest Territories in the Arctic Circle, some 190 miles north of DeBeers' regional office in Yellowknife. Temperatures at the mine site can hit the 90s in the summer and plummet to negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
"We built out walls, windows and have two racks of servers and put in giant truck air conditioners on both ends," says Ben Lacasse, IT superintendent. Shipping containers don't have windows and have cargo doors instead of the usual type, so windows had to be put in after the fact.

While the mine just opened for business, the data center itself has been in operation for a year, and has handled the load and temps just fine, Lacasse said."

DeBeers Mine was one of the mines on the Ice Road Truckers show.


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