Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 25
IT racks at Microsoft’s Dublin, Ireland, data center. (Photo: Microsoft)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 25

The Week in Review: Sears to convert old stores to data centers, robotics applications in the data center, Microsoft's Xbox server armada. NSa faces surprise tax bill in Utah, energy experts on data center regulation.

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

With Ubiquity, Sears is Turning Shuttered Stores into Data Centers - Will blinking blue lights of servers soon fill the aisles that previously offered the Blue Light Special? Sears Holdings has formed a new unit to market space from former Sears and Kmart retail stores as a home for data centers, disaster recovery space and wireless towers.

Should Data Centers Be Regulated as Utilities? Industry Experts Weigh In - Is the data center industry a candidate for regulation as a utility, as suggested last week by the New York Times? We reached out to experts who were familiar with both data centers and utilities to get their take.

The Robot-Driven Data Center of Tomorrow - Robotics are beginning to be integrated into data center management, creating the potential for a robot-driven, fully automated "lights out" data center environment. Bill Kleyman explores the possibilities.

Microsoft Will Back Xbox One With 300,000 Servers - With this week's unveiling of the new Xbox One gaming system, Microsoft says it will beef up its Xbox Live platform with 300,000 servers, a huge jump from the 15,000 servers currently supporting the platform.

NSA Utah Data Center Facing Unexpected Energy Taxes - The National Security Agency (NSA) finds itself facing millions of dollars in taxes on the electricity usage in its Utah data center as a result of a new law passed by state legislators, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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