Modern Data Center Jobs Can Be Cool . . . Literally

The data center is often thought to be the brain of a company. Besides being the location of a "control room," they're also central to how smoothly an organization runs. Just like the exchange of electronic data and other information is growing in demand, so are data centers. So what kind of workplace is a data center?

Cloud storage is popular with a lot of organizations, and someone has to upgrade hardware and software: Enter data centers. But data centers aren’t your typical desk job. Command center furniture is one thing that sets data centers apart from other offices, along with a very unique aura. Want a peek at life in a data center? Here's a look.

Be prepared for some strange noises, first off. With governments and large agencies pulling the strings behind data centers, you'll encounter the buzz of electric activity via house servers, cable connections, and other devices. It's like the hum of a generator. But since you're focused on your job, it will probably become like elevator music to you.

Second, there’s the solitude. Like to be on your own? Data centers are good for loners. With NOC furniture sometimes deceiving the eye and making rooms look larger, data centers are usually fit for just 10 workers. Nightime, probably fewer than 10. Because users aren't as active during the night or on holidays, you'll probably be required to work strange hours, running copper connections and upgrading hardware.

On the plus side, you get a nice "climate." Due to all of the equipment and servers, the temperatures in data centers have to be pretty temperate, nothing extreme. Equipment could be destroyed from extreme heat, which is why temperature control is important. You'll never have to be concerned about getting too hot in the office. You'll work in the office equivalent of a spring day.

Safe and secure are two ways people often describe data centers. Many data centers are placed in areas of buildings designed to withstand damage from natural disasters and other catastrophes. Anything that goes wrong outside of the building probably wouldn't even be detected by those on the inside. (Almost makes work sound like somewhere you actually want to be.)

Today, control rooms are used for a variety of purposes, including managing utilities or even directing broadcasters and teleprompters in a newscast. No natural daylight may make you feel like you're working in the middle of a dark maze. You belong to a restricted club, though. Not many people can get in---only people like you. Like Batman in the Data-cave---that's the life of a data center employee.