Data Centers

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​Roubaix 4

Designed and constructed by French web hosting company OVH, Roubaix 4 is a 35,000 server data center that uses zero air conditioning.

Instead of wasting money on cooling the building via AC, the entire data center is constructed with a hollow center, and the servers are water cooled. Heat is eliminated using the hollow center of the building, which acts as a massive ventilation shaft.

Image: OVH

By Brandon Vigliarolo

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