Data Centers

Photos: 20 innovative data centers that give us a glimpse into the future of computing

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German-based data center firm Cloud&Heat has taken a unique approach to designing data centers and private servers: Its hardware recycles heat.

Cloud&Heat's server racks capture wasted heat and funnel it to buildings to heat water and air, and it can even distribute workload between data centers based on heating needs, If, for example, the forecast is colder at one data center location, computing work will be shifted to that data center so its servers can provide more heat.

Image: Cloud&Heat

By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.