Data Center in a Water Tank, an empty one

Water is becoming a hotter topic in data center discussion.  I've been blogging on water and data centers from day 1 when I started this blog, and it is now much easier to get answer on how much water a data center uses each day.  When I asked that question three years ago, people wouldn't know and push back why do you care.  Because, water is a scarce resource that is going to get more expensive.

Most of the time when people were discussing water it was whether water should be brought to the rack.  Here is something you don't see much is a data center in a water tank.

Altamonte Springs, Fla., Turns Empty Water Tank into Primary Data Center

This former water tank provides a hurricane-proof home for Altamonte Springs’ primary data center.

February 23, 2011 By Elaine Pittman

During the 2004 storm season, Altamonte Springs, Fla., was pummeled by Jeanne, Charley and Frances — three hurricanes that forced IT staff to protect the city’s data center equipment from the strong winds and onslaught of rain. The data center resided in City Hall, which the city says is vulnerable to hurricane damage.

Here is a bit more information about the above structure.

So before each hurricane approached, the IT staff dismantled the data center, boxed up the equipment and relocated it into a decommissioned water tank. With 8-inch thick concrete walls designed to hold 770,000 gallons, the water tank protected the technology. Because the equipment was disconnected; however, city staff couldn’t access their network.