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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Jan. 19

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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!

Google Invests $600 Million to Expand in South Carolina – Google is dropping another $600 million on data center construction, and South Carolina is very happy about it. The company held a groundbreaking ceremony in Berkeley County, S.C. this morning to announce that Google will expand its operations at the Mt. Holly Commerce Park in Berkeley County. The additional $600 million in investment at the site brings Google’s total investment at the site to over $1.2 billion.

Open Compute: Momentum Builds for Open Hardware – Perhaps the best sign of the progress made by the Open Compute Project is that companies as diverse as Rackspace Hosting, Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs are all running servers based on these “open hardware” designs in their data centers. In less than two years, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has grown far beyond its origins as a showcase for Facebook’s design innovations, evolving into an active community building cutting-edge hardware, disrupting the traditional IT supply chain, and laying the groundwork for future innovation.

The Space Station Data Center – The team behind the stylish “James Bond villain” data center in Stockholm has begun deploying its first modular data center. As you might expect, the project embraces a futuristic design that doesn’t resemble your typical data center. “The goal with this installation is to make it look like a space station,” said Jon Karlung, the CEO of Bahnhof.

Amazon Adding Cloud Capacity in Northern Virginia - Amazon’s move to lease two new data centers could shore up the reliability of its cloud computing infrastructure in northern Virginia, which hosts key facilities in the outage-plagued US-East region. Amazon is reported to be the anchor tenant in a new data center project in Ashburn, Virginia that was disclosed this week.

CyrusOne Completes IPO, Shares Trade Higher on NASDAQ - CyrusOne has completed its IPO, pricing its initial sale of shares at $19, above the projected range of $16 to $18, indicating healthy demand for shares of the colocation provider. Shares of CONE rose in price as they commenced trading on the NASDAQ, trading above $21.50 in early trading.

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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.