Top 5 Data Center Stories: Week of July 31st

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A look at the new Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon, which will soon be adding a second building. (Photo credit: Chuck Goolsbee, Facebook).

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

  • Facebook Building 2nd Data Center in Oregon – Facebook will build a second huge data center on its campus in Prineville, Oregon, the company confirmed tonight. The company will begin construction in October on a facility similar to its existing 300,000 square foot data center, Facebook Data Center Manager Ken Patchett announced at a Prineville City Council meeting Tuesday night.
  • Equinix to Build 10th Facility in Virginia Hub – Colocation and interconnection specialist Equinix will build a 10th International Business Exchange (IBX) data center at its campus in Ashburn, Virginia, the company said today. The company said its DC10 will provide 77,000 square feet of customer floor space, built out in multiple phases.
  • Dell Modular Data Center Powering Bing Maps – Dell and Microsoft have developed a modular data center to server as a dedicated imagery processing site for Bing Maps, located on the grounds of a Microsoft facility in Boulder, Colorado. The data center module will support Streetside, Bird’s Eye, aerial and satellite image types provided by Bing Maps. High-speed Infiniband networking technology from Mellanox is key to the operation.
  • SoftLayer Goes Global With its Network – Web hosting giant SoftLayer is expanding its infrastructure to Europe and Asia, with plans for network points of presence on both continents and a new data center in Singapore. The new PoPs will be located in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
  • Facebook: Tilera Boosts Memcached Efficiency – Facebook has prototyped new hardware that can dramatically slash the power required to run web applications like Memcached that support some of the Internet’s largest sites, the company said today. The tests found that low-power processors from Tilera could get three times the performance-per-watt of x86 servers when running key-value store applications.

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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.