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We found some offbeat stories in our check of data center news in the media yesterday:

  • Here’s a security challenge you don’t see every day: workers at the United States Geological Survey’s EROS Data Center in South Dakota have been warned that mountain lions have been spotted on the property. The data center at EROS (Earth Resources Observation Systems) is staffed by contract employees from Science Applications International Cor. as well as the USGS.
  • A Monday night webcast by Oprah Winfrey had more than 500,000 simultaneous users viewing the stream, with traffic peaking at 242Gbps. Those numbers make the event one of the largest webcasts in Internet history, but also led to some capacity-related performance problems. Move Networks and Limelight Networks (LLNW) handled the content delivery for Oprah.
  • An underground data center at Germany’s largest airport is seeking to lease excess space to enterprise companies. The Fraport data center at Frankfurt airport is 30 feet underground and manages 20 flight critical applications.
  • Honda has opened a 61,000 square foot data center in Longmont, Colorado. The company invested $25 million in the facility.
  • Brocade said yesterday that it will buy data center services firm Strategic Business Systems, which specializes in data center virtualization and network design and optimization.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.