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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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.