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glass houseThe large datacenter, which typically contains one or more mainframes and is often constructed with windows to the inside. Glass houses may contain raised floors for underground wiring and are generally very well air conditioned.
|The Big Glass House|
|Mainframes have typically resided in the "glass house" due to stringent air conditioning requirements. Although newer machines dissipate less heat than older models, many units in one room still require substantial cooling. (Image courtesy of IBM.)|
|The Little Glass House|
|Microprocessor-based computers are widely used as network servers. They are often housed in data cabinets with glass doors such as this one from AMCO Engineering. (Image courtesy of AMCO Engineering Company.)|
1. British term for greenhouse.
2. A residence having exterior walls which are almost completely glass; an outstanding example is Philip Johnson’s glass house in Connecticut.