Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Sept. 28

The eBay data center in South Jordan, Utah. (Photo: eBay)

The eBay data center in South Jordan, Utah. (Photo: eBay)

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

eBay Goes Live With its Bloom-Powered Data Center – eBay has debuted a new data center power design that abandons diesel generators and UPS units in favor of Bloom Energy fuel cells powered by natural gas. Executives from eBay and Bloom say the facility in South Jordan, Utah sets a radical new course for the data center industry, freeing companies from reliance on expensive power equipment for “just in case” backup power.

Google Confirms $600 Million Expansion in The Dalles – The Dalles, Oregon has become the latest member of the Billion Dollar Data Center Club. Google said today that it will spend $600 million to expand its data center campus on the banks of the Columbia River in The Dalles, bringing the giant company’s investment in the small town to $1.2 billion since 2005.

Google Buys Former Gatorade Plant Near Oklahoma Data Center – Google has purchased a massive former Gatorade plant in Pryor, Oklahoma for potential use as a data center. The 1.4 million square foot facility is one of the largest facilities Google has acquired, and although the company has no immediate plans to develop the site, it could provide space for an enormous expansion of Google’s server capacity at its Oklahoma site.

With Startup LitBit, Noteboom Targets Emerging Markets – Data center veteran Scott Noteboom recently left his post as a key player in the data center team at Apple to found LitBit, a startup that aims to transform the data center landscape of emerging markets, starting with China.

Major Expansion for Telx at 60 Hudson Street – Telx continues to expand its data center space in Manhattan’s iconic telecom towers. The colocation and interconnection provider is bringing a big chunk of new space online at 60 Hudson Street, one of New York’s most wired buildings.

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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.