Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 1
A look at some of the water-cooled racks inside the QTS Richmond Data Center

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 1

The Week in Review: QTS buys big and builds over time, repurposing spare data center capacity for Bitcoin, IBM buys cloud database specialist, CoreSite opens doors in New Jersey, Forsthe enters development market with Chicago project.

A look at some of the water-cooled racks inside the QTS Richmond Data Center

A look at some water-cooled racks inside the QTS Richmond Data Center. (Photo: QTS)

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

QTS Builds Federal Cloud Business in Richmond Mega-Center - QTS Realty Trust is a firm believer in buying huge commercial properties at a discount and converting them into data center space. The showcase for that strategy is the QTS data center outside Richmond, Virginia, where the company has just launched QTS Federal Cloud.

Mining Experiment: Running 600 Servers for a Year Yields 0.4 Bitcoin - Can data centers tap unused server capacity to mine for Bitcoins? Online backup provider iDrive tested the concept, which reinforced the value of using custom hardware rather than quad-core servers - even if you're using 600 of them.

IBM Acquires Cloudant to Boost Cloud Databases - IBM is acquiring Cloudant, a database as a service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to create next generation mobile and web applications. Delivered as a managed cloud service, Cloudant technology simplifies database management for app developers. The acquisition sits squarely at the intersection of three important areas for IBM: big data, cloud computing and mobile.

CoreSite is Newest Data Center Arrival in Secaucus - CoreSite Realty is the latest arrival in Secaucus, located about five miles due West of lower Manhattan. On Tuesday the company opened the doors on its 283,000 square foot facility, which is its second in the New York market, building on its original presence at 32 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.

Forsythe Enters Data Center Development With Chicago Project - IT infrastructure integrator Forsythe Technology is entering the data center development business. The company plans to build a 221,000 square foot facility in the suburban Chicago market in Elk Grove Village, Ill., where it will offer data center suites with dedicated infrastructure.

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