In pictures: The world's coolest datacentres

Data centres need to be secure, temperature controlled, spacious, redundant, reliable – nothing sexy. But that doesn't mean they can't be. Here are a few that rise above the crowd and take advantage of the possibilities.

The Green Mountain Data Center is being built inside concrete buildings on a Norwegian island and has access to caves in adjacent mountains that once stored NATO military ammunition. The project is rolling out in two phases - the first 75,000 square feet, the second 43,000 square feet - and will take advantage of naturally cooled water to save on energy consumption. Water from an adjacent fjord at 46 degrees F will cool the facility, reducing its carbon footprint and attracting customers interested in reducing their consumption of fossil fuels, Green Mountain says. The facility is scheduled to be ready for customers by the end of 2012.

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