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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of April 14

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Wyoming's persistent efforts to recruit data centers paid off this week when Microsoft announced plans to build a data center near Cheyenne.

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

Microsoft to Build Cloud Data Center in Wyoming – Microsoft will build a new data center near Cheyenne, Wyoming, with an initial expected investment of at least $112 million. The announcement continues a building boom for Microsoft, which in the last year has announced expansions of its data centers in Virginia, Washington state and Dublin.

Interxion Readies Staff ‘Sleeping Pods’ for Olympics – Interxion unveiled “sleeping pods” at its London data center campus, allowing staff to sleep amongst the racks to ensure that the facility will be fully staffed throughout the 2012 Olympic Games, allowing engineering staff to stay on site 24/7 should congestion on the travel and road networks become too severe.

Will Facebook Shift Instagram Off Amazon’s Cloud? – What will Facebook’s $1 billion acquisition of photo sharing app Instagram mean for the company’s infrastructure? That’s an interesting question, as Instagram has been running its infrastructure on the Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform.

Another Major Data Center for Prineville? – Another large data center may soon join Apple and Facebook in the small central Oregon town of Prineville, according to local media reports. Efforts to attract an additional data center have been boosted by the acceleration of a project to bring an additional 400 megawatts of power capacity to Prineville.

Roundup: HP Converged Cloud Takes on Amazon – HP said this week that its public cloud services will open to the public on May 10, competing directly with Amazon Web Services and other public cloud service providers.

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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.