Top 5 Data Center Stories: Week of March 12th

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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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.