Data Center Week in Review: January 8th

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

  • Microsoft’s High-Tech Modular ‘Tractor Shed’ – Microsoft has completed construction on the initial phase of its new data center in Quincy, Washington, which features a plug-n-play modular infrastructure that provides extraordinary flexibility in deploying new cloud computing capacity. The new data center features a lightweight exterior, which Microsoft compares to a “tractor shed.”
  • Inside Microsoft’s New Quincy Cloud Farm – Here’s a closer look at the modular data center technology being deployed in the new Quincy facility.
  • How the Cloud is Driving Profits at Rackspace – Financial metrics show that the growing cloud computing operation at Rackspace Hosting is helping the company deliver more revenue from its data centers.
  • What The ‘New Heart of Wall Street’ Looks Like – Here’s a glimpse inside the data centers in northern New Jersey powering the rise of high-speed trading operations, which were just showcased by the New York Times.
  • Video Tour: CapGemini’s Merlin Data Center – CapGemini has just released a brief new video providing a closer look at its new Merlin data center in Swindon, England, which combines many of the latest trends and best practices in modular data center design and cooling.
  • Will Facebook Funding Finance Facilities? – What will Facebook do with $500 million in new funding? Facebook is currently spending at least $50 million a year for leased data center space. As the company moves into the data center construction business, that spending will jump significantly.

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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.