Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Feb. 4

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The SuperNAP in Las Vegas was featured recently on the CBS Evening News. (Photo: Switch)

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

Facebook’s $1 Billion Data Center Network – Facebook has invested more than $1 billion in the infrastructure that powers its social network, which now serves more than 845 million users a month around the globe. The company spent $606 million on servers, storage, network gear and data centers in 2011, and expects to spend another $500 million this year, Facebook revealed Wednesday in its filing for an initial public stock offering.

SeaMicro Servers Get Brawny With Xeon Chips – SeaMicro has adapted its many-core server design to work with Intel Xeon processors, significantly expanding the type of workloads that can run on the company’s low-energy servers. SeaMicro says the new server will use half the power and a third of the space of equivalent computing power in competing rackmount units.

Amazon: 762 Billion Objects Stored on S3 Cloud – How fast is Amazon Web Services growing? The number of objects stored on the company’s S3 cloud storage service tripled in the 12-month period between the final quarters of 2010 and 2011. S3 now stores an amazing 762 billion objects. By any measure, that’s extraordinary growth.

SuperNAP Featured on CBS Evening News – The massive SuperNAP data center was in the spotlight last Thursday evening when it was featured in a report on the CBS Evening News. Switch, the colocation company that built the SuperNAP, is being cited as a symbol of the possible growth industries for Las Vegas.

Inside IO’s Modular Data Center Assembly Line – As adoption of modular designs begins to scale up, the infrastructure focus is shifting from the modules themselves to the back end – the factories to enable mass production of these products. The IO factory is on the front lines of this effort.

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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.

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