What to Read at DCK: Week of August 14th

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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:

  • IDS Readies Data Centers on Ships – International Data Security says it has lined up funding to build a fleet of data centers on cargo ships docked at ports in the San Francisco Bay. The startup says it has an anchor tenant for a proof-of-concept “maritime data center” that will dock at Redwood City, Calif.
  • eBay Pursues Modular Data Centers - eBay plans to use data center containers at a new facility, and has issued a public request for proposals through the Data Center Pulse industry group. The winning design will be used in an 8,000 square foot data center that eBay is building in Phoenix.
  • Google & Facebook: A Tale of Two Data Centers – So do you pursue James Bond-level secrecy around your data center, or invite the mayor in for a tour? An Oregon paper provides a “study in contrasts” between the Google facility in The Dalles and the new Facebook facility being built in Prineville.
  • Inside Bing’s ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Container – Microsoft operates Bing Maps out of data center containers at its Boulder, Colorado, facility. The newest container is jam-packed with more than five petabytes of storage.
  • The Blackbox Lives! Or at Least is Not Dead - Oracle isn’t killing the Sun Blackbox container program, but isn’t promoting it, either Oracle won’t maintain an inventory of Sun MD containers, but will build one upon customer request.
  • Rackspace Boosts Cloud Revenue, Margins – Rackspace Hosting added 8,510 customers in its cloud computing business in the second quarter of 2010, while boosting the revenue from each cloud customer.

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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.