Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week Of Nov. 5

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For your weekend reading, this week’s hottest news stories. They included innovation in the server world, proposed reduction in backup generators at Facebook’s planned Scandinavian data center, unique cooling approaches in high performance computing and cloud open source development influencing the talent market. Enjoy!

Calxeda Unveils Low-Power Servers, Deal With HP - Calxeda has unveiled low-power server technology adapted from cell phones that will serve as the cornerstone of a new line of servers for HP. Calxeda’s EnergyCore is based on ARM chips and consumes about 5 watts of power, which could allow data center operators to dramatically slash their power usage for some applications.

HP’s Project Moonshot Targets Low-Power Servers – In the increasingly competitive battle to sell servers for “hyper-scale” data centers running armadas of servers, HP has turned to next-generation chip company Calxeda to power a new line of servers. It’s part of a broader HP initiative to develop low-power, many-core servers known as Project Moonshot.

Facebook Cuts Back on Generators in Sweden – Facebook is reducing the number of backup generators by 70 percent that it plans to deploy at its new data center in Sweden, saying the extraordinary reliability of the regional power grid serving the town of Lulea allows it to rely upon redundant power feeds.

Sandia Adopts Unique Cooling Approach – Sandia Labs cools its Red Sky supercomputer with a cooling system design that combines the use of traditional raised-floor air cooling with refrigerant-cooled rear door heat exchangers.

OpenStack Offers Career Opportunities – As enterprises and service providers adopt OpenStack’s open source cloud OS, they are finding a lack of skilled talent who can develop, deploy and maintain OpenStack environments.

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Colleen Miller is a journalist and social media specialist. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, with her most recent work dedicated to the online space. Colleen covers the data center industry, including topics such as modular, cloud and storage/big data.