Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Feb. 11

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

The State of the Modular Data Center – It’s been more than five years since the unveiling of the Sun Blackbox, the first commercial data center container. Modular designs are now common in huge cloud data centers and high-performance computing (HPC), and vendors say they are poised to push further into the mainstream. What’s the state of the modular market? Five years in, the questions abound.

As CyrusOne Thrives, Cincinnati Bell Eyes Spinoff – Cincinnati Bell is studying a spinoff or IPO for its thriving CyrusOne colocation business, the company said yesterday. The move could allow Cincinnati Bell to benefit from investor interest in the data center and cloud computing sector, while shifting significant capital expenses off the telecom company’s balance sheet.

Nebraska Woos Huge ‘Project Edge’ Data Center – Officials in Nebraska are seeking to pass a package of economic incentives to land a huge data center known only as “Project Edge,” which could result in a $1.2 billion data center campus. It’s the latest example of “code name” projects in which large companies seek to remain secret as they scout locations for data centers.

New Tenants for Verne’s Modular Colo in Iceland – Has Iceland arrived as a data center destination? Thursday marked a coming-out party for the leading player in the nascent Iceland data center market, as Verne Global unveiled its new “modular colo” data center in Keflavik, along with three new tenants. This week’s event for analysts and media also served as a showcase for the use of modular designs to rapidly deploy data center space in remote locations with vast sources of renewable power.

DFT Sees Slower Leasing in Several Markets – Leasing at new data centers built by developer DuPont Fabros Technology has been slower than expected in several key markets, the company said today,  DuPont Fabros said it remained confident in the long-term outlook for the data center market, but that given the current pace of leasing it is lowering its revenue guidance for 2012.

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