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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Oct. 27

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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!

Amazon Cloud Outage KOs Reddit, Foursquare & Others - Amazon Web Services experiencedg another outage Monday, and as in the case with earlier incidents, the cloud computing giant’s performance woes are rippling across the Internet. Amazon attributed the problems to a “small number’ of storage volumes in a single availability zone located in its outage-plagued US-East-1 region. But the impact is being felt in a large fashion by the many prominent sites, including the leading social news site Reddit, location-based social network Foursquare and cloud infrastructure provider Heroku.

Facebook Adapts Open Compute for Colo Space – Facebook has now adapted Open Compute servers in leased data center space in Ashburn, Virginia, and is sharing the details. The process took about three months, and focused on hacking the racks. The ability to implement Open Compute designs in leased data center space is important because it will eventually make Facebook’s energy-saving innovations available to a broader range of data center users.

Cisco Sees Data Centers Facing Huge, Cloud-Driven Traffic Spike – Cisco’s Global Cloud Index predicts that global data center traffic will grow 4-fold and reach a total of 6.6 zettabytes annually by 2016. The company predicts global cloud traffic, the fastest growing component of data center traffic, to grow at a 44 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR), from 683 exabytes annual traffic in 2011 to 4.3 zettabytes by 2016.

DuPont Fabros Shares Slide on Analyst Jitters – Shares of data center developer DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) declined Thursday as Wall Street analysts scrutinized lease extensions signed with three of the company’s largest customers. Several of the leases were not due to be renewed for three to four years, and the terms of the early renewals – with rental rates about 18 percent lower than the initial lease – caught the analyst community off guard.

New Data Hub Being Developed in Manhattan – Several experienced players in the Manhattan data center sector are developing new space at 325 Hudson Street, providing another new project in a busy year for the New York market. Jamestown Properties and Amerimar Enterprises, which bought the property earlier this year, will team with telecom industry veteran Hunter Newby to create a carrier-neutral interconnection facility to anchor a new phase of data center development at the building.

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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.