What to Read at DCK: Week of July 3rd

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Had a busy work week? For your weekend reading, here’s a recap some of the noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week:

  • Facebook Server Count: 60,000 or More – Recent company presentations suggest that Facebook now has 60,000 or more servers. The sharp acceleration in Facebook’s server growth in late 2009 also helps explain the company’s move to lease large chunks of data center space in northern Virginia and Silicon Valley in March
  • Performance Issues for Amazon.com – On Tuesday Amazon.com experienced “latencies” that made the Internet’s leading retail store difficult to use for about three hours.
  • Are Massively Multi-Core Servers Game Changers? – SeaMicro and Tilera are focused on solving the power and cooling problems vexing data center operators – namely, that more computing power has been accompanied by rising electric bills and heat loads. This month both companies have introduced server technology that will enable data center operators to run between 2,000 and 10,000 computing cores in a single rack using about 8 kilowatts of power
  • Akamai, DuPont Fabros Are Top 2Q Performers – The second quarter of 2010 saw a retreat for the broader stock market data center, a trend that was reflected in the performance in the data center sector. The shares of most companies in the sector outperformed industry averages, and the leading performers were content delivery networks, which gained on strong growth for Internet video delivery.
  • Wikipedia To Add A U.S. Data Center – The Wikimedia Foundation will add a new data center in the coming year to support Wikipedia and its other sites, saying that “ensuring high site availability” for Wikipedia is now the foundation’s number one priority.
  • Rumor Patrol: Microsoft Eyeing N.C. Site? – Is Microsoft focusing on North Carolina in its search for major data center in the Mid-Atlantic region? The Burlington Times News recently reported that Microsoft may be the mystery company involved in “Project Deacon,” a large data center project that could bring at least $120 million in fresh investment to the North Carolina Industrial Center in Mebane, N.C

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.