This might provide a bit of imaginative brainstorming:
I'm a Unix admin in a small high-tech marketing company that's growing like
wildfire. We're going to be buying a new building soon, and the company
president has invited us (the MIS dept.) to strain our brains to come up
with the ultimate, coolest-looking mis room/server room design that we can.
The emphasis here is on coolest-_looking_; we'll probably be buying a
biometrics security system (such as a retinal scanner), not for actual
security purposes, but for the look of the thing. And so on. The idea is to
really impress the clients.
Quite silly, I know, but I'd like your ideas on what might go into such a
room design. I'm envisioning a large MIS room, with a server/network room
next door that's viewed through a large window, with an elevated floor
(this is all a large step above what we've got now). But I've still got a
lot of decisions to make.
Which looks coolest, open racks or smoked-glass rack cabinets? What should
the floor in the main MIS room be, carpet or tile? And what color? What's
the most impressive-looking object(s) in your own server room, that catches
the eye as an obvious "cutting-edge technology" thing? What components have
you spotted in trade magazines recently that you've drooled over just
because of the look of the thing? Any other server-room design features
that you've seen in the past and admired?
We've got some money to burn here, obviously. I'm not about to rush out and
buy some giant multimillion dollar mainframes just because they look cool,
but otherwise, the possibilities are wide open. I'd appreciate any input
anyone has. Thanks!