IT racks at Microsoft's Dublin, Ireland, data center. (Photo: Microsoft)

IT racks at Microsoft's Dublin, Ireland, data center. (Photo: Microsoft)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Feb. 24th

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Hot aisle containment systems house servers inside Microsoft's data center in Dublin, which is being expanded by 13 megawatts. (Photo: Microsoft)

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

Apple Confirms Plans for Oregon Data Center – Apple has bought 160 acres of land in Prineville, Oregon, and plans to build a major data center in the rural town, which is already home to a huge Facebook data center campus. A deed filed last week shows that Apple has purchased the land from Crook County for $5.6 million, according to the Central Oregonian.

Google Seeks To Plant Antenna Farm in Iowa – Google subsidiary Google Fiber, Inc. is seeking permission to place satellite antennas on land near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The antennas could be used to receive content feeds from broadcast networks that could be bundled with a high-speed fiber service.

Apple Plans 20MW of Solar Power for iDataCenter – Apple has revealed new details about the operations of its huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina, including plans to build a 20-megawatt solar power facility to support its operations. Apple also plans to use a fuel cell powered by biogas that could generate up to 5 megawatts of power. The Apple facility would be the largest solar array dedicated to data center operations, surpassing a 14 megawatt array being built to support the McGraw-Hill data center in New Jersey.

Microsoft Expands Dublin Cloud Computing Hub – Microsoft will add 13.2 megawatts of capacity to its data center in Dublin, Ireland, which powers its online services throughout Europe and the Middle East, the company said today. The new expansion will feature enhancements of energy efficiency features that debuted in the first phase of the Dublin facility, which was one of the first major data centers to rely almost entirely on outside air to cool servers.

AT&T Picks North Carolina for $200 Million Data Center – North Carolina continues to attract major data center projects to the state. Today AT&T announced that it will invest $200 million to build a major data center in Kings Mountain, N.C. in a data center park operated by T5 Partners. The announcement is the latest in a series of data center wins for the state, including Google, Facebook and Apple.

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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.