Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of April 27th


The equipment yard behind Facebook’s North Carolina data center houses 16 diesel backup generators. Similar infrastructure will soon be coming to Altoona, Iowa. (Photo: Rich Miller)

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

Facebook Decloaks, Confirms Plans for Iowa Server Farm – It’s official: Facebook will build a massive data center in Altoona, Iowa. After a year of secret scouting missions, the social network today decloaked and confirmed its plans to invest $299.5 million to build the first phase of a three-building campus in Altoona, a suburb of Des Moines. Facebook says the 476,000 square foot building will be the world’s longest data center, providing the company with a digital beachhead in the middle of the U.S.

Google’s Infrastructure Boom Continues: Expansion Ahead in Oregon – The scope and acceleration of Google’s data center construction program makes it clear that the company sees massive growth ahead in its Internet businesses. Google’s 2013 building boom represents the largest investment in data center infrastructure in the history of the Internet.

Companies Gobbling Up Turn-Key Data Center Space – Data center users have leased more than 400,000 square feet of turn-key data center space in recent months, according to a new market survey from real estate firm Avison Young. Despite that strong activity, the market for wholesale data center space continues to face a potential oversupply, the report said, with more than 1.9 million square feet of space available.

Digital Realty Boosts Connectivity at its Data Center Hubs – Digital Realty will build dark fiber infrastructure to connect its key Internet gateways and data center buildings, making it easier and cheaper for customers to connect with the carriers and clouds of their choice.

T5 Plans $800 Million Campus in Colorado Springs – T5 Data Centers has unveiled plans for an $800 million data center campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The project marks a major step forward in Colorado Springs’ ambitions as a data center destination, and continues a steady expansion by Atlanta-based T5.>

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About the Author

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.

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