Top 5 Data Center Stories: Week of March 12th

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

  • Yahoo Plans $500 Million Data Center Expansion – Yahoo plans to invest at least $500 million in further expanding its data center infrastructure and shifting its operations to newer, highly-efficient infrastructure. The company is also preparing a new data center design for a series of next-generation facilities it plans to build in 2012 and beyond, in which much of the infrastructure will operate with minimal UPS and generator support.
  • How Japan’s Data Centers Manage Earthquakes – How do data centers manage earthquake risk in a place like Japan? Nearly 1,000 Japanese companies use technology from WorkSafe Technologies to protect their equipment.
  • Facebook’s Appetite for SSD Boosts Fusion-io - Facebook’s appetite for solid state storage has made it the largest customer for Fusion-io, which this week announced plans for an initial public offering. The social network is using Fusion-io ‘s NAND Flash memory products in its new data centers in Oregon and North Carolina.
  • Cloud Computing Leaders on a Hiring Binge – While much of the U.S. economy experiences a “jobless recovery,” the cloud computing sector is hiring like mad. Demand for technologists with cloud skills is surging, as shown in the trend line for listings of cloud computing positions.
  • Energy Efficiency Guide: Monitoring and CFD – There’s a saying in data center circles that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” That’s why monitoring and analysis are key components of a data center energy efficiency program.

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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.