Bahnhof Overview – Who is Bahnhof?
Bahnhof is a data center provider located in Sweden, with several facilities throughout the region. Originally an ISP, Bahnhof offers broadband, HDTV and VoIP services. Now, in addition, Bahnhof offers data center solutions, colocation, server rental and managed hosting.
World Famous Data Center
What Bahnhof is most famous for is their Pionen data center facility. Built in an old world-war two bunker some 30 meters below bedrock, this facility was made to withstand an indirect hit by a nuclear weapon. The theme of the facility was inspired by James Bond and Cool Runnings movies, giving a futuristic feel, complete with a glass conference room suspended above the server room.
Futuristic Modular Data Center Design
Continuing their focus on futuristic designs for the bland data center world, Bahnhof has created a modular data center (note the storm trooper in a few of the pictures on the website). Here are three pictures, two being design mockups and the third being a picture of a modular data center under construction.
The Tough Questions
Bahnhof has benefited from Sweden’s stance against DMCA’s policies, but how many customers will that drive away if Sweden enacts a similar law?
Bahnhof has a great futuristic image, but having such an image implies futuristic performance. Will they be able to back up their design with great performance and service?
What will Bahnhof do when other data center companies begin implementing futuristic or Sci-fi design elements into their facilities?
Video tour of Bahnhof’s Pionen Data Center
- MDC Stockholm Pushing the Sci-fi Theme – What’s Next? In the data center industry you’ll see a lot of creative data center implementations. Bahnhof has embraced the futuristic / Sci-fi design with their Pionen data center and their new venture into modular data center design, complete with pictures of Storm Troopers posed in the mock-ups of the command module’s interior. I didn’t make ...
- Was Bahnhof’s theming of their Pionen data center a good idea? Bahnhof’s Pionen data center has been nicknamed “The James Bond Villian Data Center”, but was it a smart decision to theme their data center that way?