Server Room Management Trends: Going Dark

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 13, 2010

As reported in this report, the dark data center is an increasingly viable strategy for technology infrastructure. Noted in the report is the server room management tactics of Iron Mountain -- the company touts 'Room 48,' its dark data center, infrequently staffed and equipped with motion-activated lighting. Iron Mountain’s main data facilities are located underground in what was once a limestone mine in western Pennsylvania: cool, energy-efficient, and—quite literally—dark.

The dark data center is an increasingly viable strategy where infrequently staffed and equipped server rooms are equipped with motion-activated lighting.

"But there’s another question to consider: What if the whole idea of dark data centers has been overhyped? In our zeal to create efficient and eco-friendly business processes, have we come to expect too much from the idea?

"Gartner analyst and research director Bill Malik thinks so. He notes that the promise of the dark data center isn’t always realized and feels that the idea is only now poised to exit the third phase of what Gartner refers to as the hype cycle, “the Trough of Disillusionment.” After that, it will enter the more realistic 'Slope of Enlightenment' phase, during which practical experimentation begins to take place, leading eventually to the point at which a technology finally begins to be productive."

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