Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 18th

Equinix is the new owner of a major data center at Kleyer90 connectivity hub in Frankfurt, pictured above. Equinix said today that it has agreed to acquire ancotel GmbH. (Photo: ancotel)netw

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

Equinix Buys Ancotel to Boost Frankfurt Presence – Interconnection specialist Equinix has agreed to buy ancotel GmbH of Frankfurt, Germany in a deal that will further boost the strength of its network in one of the world’s most important meeting points for Internet traffic and financial trading. The acquisition provides Equinix with a data center in Frankfurt with 2,100 square meters of data center capacity.

Uptime: Modular Design Offers CapEx Savings – Are modular data centers cheaper to deploy than traditional raised-floor data center space? Usually. But it’s complicated. That’s the verdict from 451 Research, which studied the economics of modular designs and detailed its findings this week at the Uptime Symposium 2012 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Apple: iDataCenter Power Will Be 100% Green – Apple is doubling the size of its already-huge solar array at its data center in North Carolina, buying another 100 acres of land to house a second large installation of solar panels. The company said the expansion, along with its plan to use fuel cells from Bloom Energy, will allow it to supply 60 percent of the power requirements for its data center through on-site generation of renewable energy.

Emerson Launches Trellis DCIM Software – This week Emerson Network Power released its Trellis software, the company’s big bet on data center infrastructure management (DCIM). The global availability of the first four software applications for Trellis culminates a two-year development period, during which DCIM has emerged as the industry’s hottest buzzwords.

Data Centers Scale Up Their Solar Power – What would an aircraft carrier look like when it’s covered with an array of solar panels? The rooftop array at theDuPont Fabros Technology data center in New Jersey will give you an idea. The building is 1,100 feet long – about the length of a Nimitz class aircraft carrier.

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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.