Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Jan. 11

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Schneider Electric has long had its own line of modular products. This week it expanded with the acquisition of AST Modular. (Photo: Colleen Miller)

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

Report: Data Center Leasing Surged 25 Percent in 2013 - Demand from social media companies and cloud-builders contributed to a surge in leasing of wholesale data center suites in 2013, with total leasing volume up about 25 percent from 2012, according to a report from a real estate firm. Much of the action was focused on massive “super wholesale” deals that boosted the volume of leasing, but resulted in “significant downward pricing pressure,” according to the year-end update from Avison Young.

Schneider Electric Acquires AST Modular – Schneider Electric has beefed up its position in the market for pre-fabricated data centers with the acquisition of AST Modular, the company said today. AST , which is based in Barcelona, has deployed containers and modular data centers in more than 450 projects in 30 countries around the globe.

NSA Will Cool its Secret Servers With Waste Water - A new data center being built by the National Security Agency (NSA) will use up to 5 million gallons a day of treated wastewater from a Maryland utility. The agency last week reached an agreement with Howard County to use treated waste water – also known as “gray water” – that would otherwise be dumped into the Little Patuxent River, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Survey: NSA Scandal Prompting Shift Away From U.S. Providers – About 25 percent of UK and Canadian businesses say they are looking to move data outside of the United States following the NSA surveillance scandals, according to a survey from Peer 1. But the concerns are not new: 81 percent of these IT decision makers said that the reports of NSA surveillance scandal didn’t surprise them.

Hypervisor 201: The 2014 Market Update – The hypervisor market revolves around the cloud. How well can you integrate with a hypervisor sitting thousands of miles away? How well can your platform extend an existing data center into a hybrid cloud model? Can your hypervisor integrate with critical APIs to increase efficiency and optimize the end-user computing experience?

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About the Author

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.