Blizzard Reading: Data Center Week in Review

Have your work or holiday plans been disrupted by the Blizzard? At least there’s stuff to read on the Internet! To help out, here’s a recap some of the noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week:

  • 2010: Innovation Drives Data Center Change – It’s been a year in which new data centers got bigger and more efficient – unless they were getting smaller and built in factories. For the data center industry, 2010 was a watershed year in which innovation emerged on several fronts, as new approaches to data center design and operations made the jump from concept to reality. It was a big leap forward for a sector in which change usually happens slowly.
  • Best of 2010: Our Most Popular Stories – What were the hottest data center stories in 2010? Readers are clearly fascinated by the biggest facilities and companies in the Internet business. Here’s a look at the 10 most popular stories of 2010, ranked by total page views.
  • 2010: The Year in Downtime – Lightning storms, floods, car crashes and errant transfer switches were the culprits in his year’s most significant data center outages. 2010 also saw at least four major outages for e-commerce services, with some disrupting tens of millions of dollars in transactions. There were also incidents that knocked government services offline for days. Here’s a look at the top business-related outages of the year.
  • Google Confirms Purchase of 111 8th Avenue – Google this week confirmed the reports that it has purchased 111 8th Avenue, one of Manhattan’s largest buildings and a key hub for Internet traffic
  • Skype’s Massive Service Outage – The Internet telephony service Skype is experiencing a massive outage today, leaving its users to ponder a new question: what’s a mega-supernode?
  • As Downtime Mounts, Tumblr Adds Data Center – The insta-blogging service Tumblr, which has had a dismal uptime track record lately, has raised $30 million in additional funding and wll use some of the cash to expand its data center infrastructure.

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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.