Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of August 3rd

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The cold temperatures in Lulea, Sweden make it easy for the local community to greet the new Facebook data center with this huge ice sculpture of the “Like” symbol. But it’s not as welcoming for servers and IT equipment.

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

Facebook’s Servers Stay Warm en Route to Arctic Circle – Facebook is planning to use environmentally controlled trucks to make deliveries to Sweden. Why? It’s not the cold, it’s the humidity, which creates challenges as equipment is transported and installed, when it may move from outdoors to indoors.

Hypervisor 101: Understanding the Virtualization Market – As acquisitions and attrition have taken their toll, the top three vendors in the hypervisor space have emerged. Prior to taking a look at those competitors, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what a hypervisor really is and what it does.

CyrusOne Goes V-Shaped With Roof in Phoenix – The need to store rainwater is driving an unusual roof design for the new CyrusOne data center project in Chandler, Arizona. The huge roof for the facility will have a V shape, with high sides tapering down to a channel down the middle.

Will Internet Companies Open Data Centers in New Jersey? – If you were an Internet company with thousands of servers, you probably looked for space in northern Virginia or Silicon Valley instead of New Jersey. But that may be changing, according to one data center executive, who says that a recent decline in the price of electricity is prompting some Internet companies to take a look at the Garden State.

Errant ‘Safety Valve’ Caused Windows Azure Outage – A feature designed to prevent network outages caused last week’s downtime for the Windows Azure cloud computing platform, Microsoft said as it released its root cause analysis of the incident.

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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.