Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of June 8

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An illustration of the generators at the SuperNAP 8, the newest facilty being deployed by Switch in Las Vegas. (Image: Switch)

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

IBM Acquiring SoftLayer to Boost its SmartCloud – IBM is acquiring SoftLayer, the world’s largest privately-held cloud infrastructure provider. This is huge news, speeding up IBM’s focus on providing cloud services and bringing one of the largest hosting providers under Big Blue. Financial terms were not disclosed. IBM is also announcing the formation of a new Cloud Services division, which will combine SoftLayer with IBM SmartCloud into a global platform.

Switch Unveils New SuperNAP 8 in Las Vegas – The new SuperNAP is here. And like the original SuperNAP, a huge Las Vegas data center that debuted in 2009, the new SuperNAP 8 includes a number of design innovations. These include a double-reinforced roof, an updated rack containment system that incorporates thermal storage, and a refinement to its custom cooling units to add an on-board backup power system.

Fidelity Enters the Data Center Business with CenterCore – Mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments is commercializing a factory-built data center product called Centercore. The company is using the design to build out its own infrastructure, including portions of its $200 million data center project in Papillon, Nebraska. Fidelity has also begun offering its solution to the data center industry.

IO Expands Factory to Boost Module Production - IO is ramping up production of its modular data centers. The company has opened an expanded factory in Chandler, Arizona that will double its manufacturing capacity. The new facility will help IO meet growing demand for its suite of modular components, which are built in a factory but can be assembled on site to create a fully-configured enterprise data center.

Facebook Looks to Sublease Data Center Space in Santa Clara – As it continues to build massive server farms in Oregon, Facebook no longer needs all of the data center space it operates in Silicon Valley, and is looking for tenants to sub-lease portions of its third-party data center space in the Santa Clara market.

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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.