Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Feb. 15


A view of the power spine inside SuperNAP complex in Las Vegas, showing the large number of conduits housing power cabling. (Photo: Switch)

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

Inside SuperNAP 8: Switch’s Tier IV Data Fortress – The debut of the SuperNAP data center in 2009 put Switch on the map in a big way. At more than 400,000 square feet, the SuperNAP offered unprecedented scale and the ability to support extreme power density. The company’s newest creation, known as SuperNAP 8, builds on that foundation with a number of innovations in cooling and reliability.

New Data Center Design Drives Efficiency Gains for Dupont Fabros – Data center developer DuPont Fabros Technology has overhauled its facility design, seeking to bring the benefits of hyperscale server farms to companies leasing third-party data center space. The prototype for the new design is the massive ACC7 data center at the company’s campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

Mac Mini Hosting: A Growing Niche for Colo Providers – But minis are proving to be good business for a handful of colocation providers that specialize in hosting web sites on Mac minis, the compact computers from Apple. This week Mac Mini Vault has just added a second data center location in Phoenix to supplement its original facility in Milwaukee.

LinkedIn Will Add A Third Data Center Next Year – LinkedIn plans to add another data center next year to support its continued growth. The company recently began operating its first data center in Ashburn, Virginia and is preparing its second facility in Dallas.

CyrusOne Buys Land for Data Center in Northern Virginia – CyrusOne has bought land in northern Virginia to build an East Coast campus for its growing national data center network. The company has purchased a 14.3-acre site in Sterling (near the Dulles Town Square mall) for $6.87 million, according to property records.

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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.