Top 10 Data Center Stories of 2008

What were the big data center stories of 2008? First we’ll look at the year’s 10 most popular stories, and then take a separate look at the 10 key industry trends during 2008.

We had more than 2 million page views at Data Center Knowledge in 2008, and much of that traffic was driven by stories about Google’s data center operations, innovative approaches to data center design, and data center outages. Here’s a look at the 10 most popular stories of 2008, ranked by total page views:

  • Google Data Center FAQ (March 27): Our summary of what’s publicly known about Google’s data center operations sparked a great deal of interest around the web.  
  • A Look at Google’s Newest Data Center (Nov. 12): What do Google’s top-secret data centers look like? Some photos of Google’s newest facility in Goose Creek, South Carolina also generated high interest. 
  • Ships Impounded in Middle East  Cable Cuts (April 13): Busted by the “eye in the sky”: Officials used satellite photography to ID several ships believed to be responsible for the undersea cable cuts in the Mediterranean in February.
  • A Look Inside Wikipedia’s Infrastructure (June 24): As a non-profit with one of the world’s busiest sites, Wikipedia runs on about 300 servers, most housed in a single data center in Tampa.
  • Heat Wheel Could Cut Data Center Cooling Bills (Nov. 14): A relatively new approach to data center cooling known as a “heat wheel” is gaining momentum.

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About the Author

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.

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  1. Nice compilation of the list.