The sights of CeBIT 2012

Wondering what this colossus of a trade show looks like? Check our gallery for a taste of tech in Germany.

What data center doesn't look more exciting lit by blue LEDs? Rittal, a specialist in the market, showed this one off at CeBIT.
What data center doesn't look more exciting lit by blue LEDs? Rittal, a specialist in the market, showed this one off at CeBIT. Stephen Shankland/CNET

HANOVER, Germany--CeBIT is a mammoth trade show that most people in the United States have never heard of.

It's a huge show, with more than 300,000 attendees--many of them ordinary consumers who show up on "family day" on Saturday, the last day of the show. CeBIT has waxed and waned over the years, losing some clout with the rise of Mobile World Congress and the shift of so much electronics manufacturing to Asia, but it remains a fixture of the European technology world.

Along with sections for personal computing, Internet companies, and IT services, you'll see governmental organizations touting their digital projects and universities showing off their research. The show sprawls across dozens of hangar-sized buildings.

Wondering what's at the show? Check our gallery for a sampling.

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