Blizzard Reading: Data Center Week in Review

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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-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.