Speaking of power, Hurricane has planned for the data center to run out of excess space at the same time that it runs out of excess power, thus avoiding the unenviable position in which other data center operators have been stuck. Solutions to the problem have included virtualization, which doesn't work very well for a collocation provider whose customers decide how their gear is used. Another approach to gain more energy, as well as reduce energy costs, is to invest in solar panels, microturbines, or other systems for generating power on-site. Levy dismisses this as not worthwhile, in part because of the added complexity it would introduce.
In fact, Hurricane doesn't even use cages to separate groups of racks from one another, a feature some collocation providers offer in the name of security so that some miscreant or a competitor can't wander up to your machines and tamper, spy, or so on. Notably, in the first phase of the new data center, Hurricane set up racks in 11 similarly designed rooms, each with their own door and each housing 80 cabinets arranged in six rows. The approach didn't yield enough benefits to warrant separating the equipment in that manners, so in the current phase, Hurricane is simply lining up row after identical row in a vast warehouse-like room.
Maintaining simplicity, in fact, is one of Hurricane's unwritten tenets, which explains why there's absolutely nothing flashy -- or even particularly eye-catching -- about the facility. Rather, the company has figured out a basic recipe that works and is running (or rather, marching steadily) with it.
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