Top 5 Data Center Stories: Week of Jan. 28

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The exterior of the Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon, which is involved in a tax controversy with Oregon officials. (Photo credit: Alan Brandt).

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

Google Spent $951 Million on Data Centers in 4Q – Google invested nearly a billion dollars in its Internet infrastructure in the last quarter of 2011, recording capital expenditures (CapEx) of $951 million. Google’s CapEx spending was about $271 million more than in the third quarter of 2011, when it invested $680 million in its infrastructure.

Upgrading a Landmark Data Center Hub – How do you expand the power and cooling capacity for an 80-year-old building with historic landmark status and limited roof space, located in the middle of a noise-sensitive neighborhood in the middle of New York City? All those challenges come together at one of the most familiar addresses in the telecom industry – 60 Hudson Street.

Facebook Faces Taxing Problem In Prineville – Does this story sound familiar? A Pacific Northwest state with affordable power and an ideal climate for free cooling attracts a cluster of data center projects. Then a large data center provider is told it may face a large, unanticipated tax bill due to an interpretation of state law.

NTT Communications Acquires India’s NetMagic – In a move to expand into the growing data center market in India, NTT Communications will acquire a controlling stake in Netmagic Solutions, a leading managed hosting provider in India.

Intel: Emerging Player in DCIM Ecosystem – While known primarily for processors, Intel’s innovation extends to middleware like Data Center Manager, which captures real-time information on servers’ energy use and temperature and packages it in a data feed.

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About the Author

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.