Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Jan. 26

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IBM System x General Manager Adalio Sanchez speaking at an IBM event in Beijing on January 16, 2014 to debut the company’s latest x86-based servers. This week IBM announced plans for Lenovo to acquire IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion. (Photo: IBM)

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

Lenovo to Buy IBM’s x86 Server Business for $2.3 Billion – Lenovo plans to acquire IBM’s x86 server business for $2.3 billion. With the deal, Lenovo gets IBM’s System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers. IBM will keep its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances.

Cisco Boosts UCS Nexus Switches With Invicta Flash Memory – Seeking to address the growing focus on the role of the network in application performance, Cisco has announced an expansion of its Nexus Switching portfolio, boosting performance on Unified Computing System (UCS) compute fabrics by adding Invicta solid-state flash memory solutions based on technology it acquired with its deal to buy Whiptail last year. Cisco (CSCO) is also opening up its UCS Director to serve as a centralized control point for compute, network, and storage infrastructure.

As Bitcoin Infrastructure Booms, Mining Heads to the Data Center – After getting started in garages and server closets, bitcoin mining is moving into data centers and the cloud. Some traditional data center providers will benefit, but this transition also has the potential to enrich a new generation of entrepreneurs emerging from within the bitcoin community.

Savvis Brand is Retired, Becomes CenturyLink Technology Solutions – The name “Savvis” is no more, as CenturyLink has undergone a rebranding to reflect the full spectrum of the company’s offerings. The new name for the data center services will be CenturyLink Technology Solutions.

Vantage Signs 1.5 Megawatt Expansion Deal – Vantage Data Centers has announced an expansion agreement with a leading e-commerce company, which will lease an additional 1.5 megawatts of wholesale data center space. The customer is also extending the term of its initial 1 megawatt lease.

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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.