Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of June 25th

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The K supercomputer from Japan is the new champion on the twice-yearly Top 500 list of the world's most powerful computers.


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

  • New Top 500 Champ: The K Supercomputer – A new system from Japan has extended the frontier of supercomputing power, grabbing the top spot in the Top 500 ranking in the process. The “K” supercomputer, a joint project by Fujitsu and the RIKEN center, has overtaken China’s Tianhe-1A system to gain the top spot on the updated list of the most powerful supercomputers, which was released this morning at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 11) in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Facebook Readies Its Next Huge Data Center – Facebook is moving ahead quickly on construction of its next huge data center. The $450 million project in Rutherford County, North Carolina will be the second company-built data center for Facebook, which just unveiled its first server farm in Prineville, Oregon.
  • Amazon Cloud Now Stores 339 Billion Objects – What’s the state of the cloud? It’s getting bigger all the time, and sophisticated enterprise applications represent one of the fastest-growing sectors. That’s the bottom line from Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon Web Services, who said Amazon’s S3 storage service now houses 339 billion objects, more than doubling the volume from the same time last year.
  • Startups Seeking to Shake Up Networking – At this week’s GigaOm Structure 2011 conference, OpenFlow and programmable networks were a hot topic. “There’s been an explosion of companies writing software to do networking,” said Jason Hoffman, founder and chief scientist at Joyent.
  • Sabey Plans Huge Data Center Campus in Ashburn – Seattle-based Sabey Data Center Properties continues its national expansion plans. Today the company announced plans to build a huge data center in Ashburn, Virginia, one of the nation’s leading data center hubs. Sabey said it will begin construction this summer on a 490,000 square-foot data center campus on 38 acres of land it has acquired in Ashburn.

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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.