What to Read at DCK: Week of Dec. 4

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

  • WSJ: Google is Buying 111 8th Avenue – Google has signed a contract to buy 111 8th Avenue in Manhattan, one of the world’s choicest pieces of Internet real estate, the Wall Street Journal reports. The search company will pay for approximately $1.9 billion, the Journal says, citing sources familiar with the deal.
  • Apple’s Olivier Sanche Passes Away – Olivier Sanche, an industry veteran who most recently headed the data center team at Apple, passed away on Thanksgiving Day.<br />
    Sanche was a thought leader in data center energy efficiency.
  • WikiLeaks, Amazon, the Cloud & the Law – Many aspects of the Wikileaks-Amazon issue are being debated today, including the rights of hosting customer, the implications for providers, and the practical aspects (pro and con) of shifting a site to a cloud platform while it is under an active denial of service attack.
  • Comcast-Level 3 Feud Stirs Intense Debate – The dispute between Comcast and Level 3 has generated intense discussion around the web, with some arguing that Comcast’s actions breach Net Neutrality, while others insist it’s an unusually noisy peering dispute.
  • Yahoo Brings its Computing Coop to Quincy – The Yahoo Computing Coop is going west. Yahoo will deploy its innovative energy-efficient data center design in Quincy, Washington as it expands its campus in the fast-growing data center hub.
  • Using Mother Nature as Your Chiller – A small but growing number of data centers are slashing their cooling costs by using the earth as their chiller, tapping nearby rivers, underground lakes and wells.
  • AST Modular Powers Iceland’s THOR Facility – One of AST Modular’s customers is the THOR Data Center in Iceland, which recently deployed a container data center facility in Hafnarfjorour for customers including Web browser developer Opera. This video provides a tour of the AST container deployed at THOR,
  • Green Grid Creates Metrics for Carbon, Water – Expanding its focus on sustainability, The Green Grid today announced the creation of two new metrics to measure carbon and water use in data centers.
  • A Look Inside Go Daddy’s Data Centers – Go Daddy manages 44 million domains, but the Scottsdale, Ariz. company doesn’t talk much about its infrastructure. Go Daddy has lifted the curtain a bit with a new video that offers an overview of its data center operations, with an emphasis on the security of its infrastructure.

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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.