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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Oct. 12

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A look inside a QTS (Quality Technology Services) data center.

A look inside a QTS  Realty Trust data center. The company had its IPO this week.

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

NSA Data Center Plagued by Electrical Problems – The National Security Agency’s massive data center in Utah has been plagued by electrical problems that have delayed the opening of the 1 million square foot campus. The Wall Street Journal reports that there have been 10 incidents of arc flash “meltdowns” that have damaged equipment and delayed efforts to bring the facility’s power infrastructure online.

QTS Realty Commences IPO at $21 A Share – Data center developer QTS Realty Trust launched its initial public offering this morning on the New York Stock Exchange, pricing its shares at $21 to raise $257 million. The IPO price was below the range of $27 to $30 per share the company had targeted in regulatory filings.

Legalized Gaming a Potential Boost for Nevada Data Centers – The launch of online poker services represent an opportunity for data centers that can meet the regulatory standards for housing gaming infrastructure. Last May colocation provider Switch announced that its SuperNAP data center has been approved as  registered hosting center for online gaming, and now ViaWest says it has gained approved for its new facility at Lone Mountain, Nevada.

GigeNET Goes Down After Smoke Detected in Data Center – A “massive power surge” at a GigeNET data center near Chicago led to a power outage that left its hosting customers offline for much of Wednesday evening. The company said the facility remained online after the initial incident, but fire officials ordered GigeNET to power down the data center.

The Pros and Cons of Underground Data Centers – The data bunker industry is growing, as more customers seek out ultra-secure underground hosting for their IT operations. Operators of subterranean server farms say these environments are similar to above-ground facilities, but they often must address misperceptions about underground sites, many of which are housed in former limestone mines.

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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.