Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of August 17

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It was a busy week for cloud computing news. Check out this week’s Top 5 stories.

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

Rackspace Adding 50 Servers Per Day - The growth is back at Rackspace Hosting. The cloud computing specialist added 4,762 physical servers in the second quarter of 2013, an average increase of 52 servers per day. It’s the equivalent of rolling in at least a full cabinet of servers every day, including weekends. The server growth in the three months ending June 30 marked a significant increase from recent reporting periods.

Interior Department Picks 10 Combatants for $10 Billion Cloud Bakeoff - The U.S. Department of the Interior has tapped 10 companies to compete for a series of cloud computing projects that could involve a total investment of up to $10 billion. The agency has structured the deal as a rolling bakeoff between 10 systems integrators – IBM, Verizon, Unisys, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Aquilent, Autonomic Resources, CGI, GTRI and Smartronix – who will compete for each phase of the project.

Big Data Analytics Startup CloudPhysics Raises $10 Million – Founded in 2011, CloudPhysics provides intelligent operations management for virtualized workloads. The company, whose backers include VMware co-founder Diane Greene, said today that it has raised $10 million in Funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and released its IT operations management service for VMware workloads.

Stream Lands Tenant for Houston Data Center – Stream Data Centers has secured a sizeable tenant in its new Houston data center at the Woodlands, only a short time after completing construction. The unnamed tenant is a multinational corporation leasing one of the three available Private Data Center (PDC) Suites.

Netcraft: NSA Surveillance Disclosures Not Slowing US Hosting Growth – Have headline-making revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs prompted customers to rethink hosting their data in the United States? Not according to early data from Netcraft, the UK research firm that tracks trends in Internet infrastructure.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.