Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 8

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A diagram of how Facebook will deploy its new “chassis” approach to construction of the cooling containment systems for its data centers. (Image: Facebook)

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

Facebook Adopts IKEA-Style Pre-Fab Design for Expansion in Sweden - Facebook has begun building a second huge server farm in Lulea, Sweden, and has totally reworked its data center design for the project. The new building will span 25,000 square meters (270,000 square feet) and will combine factory-built components with lean construction techniques. Significantly, it will also eliminate Facebook’s distinctive penthouse cooling system, which uses the entire second story of the building to process fresh air to cool its servers.

Data Centers Go to College: New Masters Degree Offered By SMU – It’s hard to find skilled staff, but the education system might finally be catching on to the importance of the data center. Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas will begin offering a master’s degree in data center systems engineering, while Northwestern University in Chicago is offering a graduate level course on data centers this semester.

Immersion-2: Liquid Cooling Designed for 100kW Racks - Allied Control is marketing its Immersion-2 liquid cooling design as a container-based approach for ultra high density cooling, supporting loads of up 100 kW a rack.

New Owners for Philadelphia Carrier Hotel at 401 North Broad – Amerimar Enterprises and Abrams Capital have acquired 401 North Broad Street, the major data center and carrier hotel in Philadelphia, and will partner with telecom industry veteran Hunter Newby to own and operate the property. The new owners will invest and reposition the 1.3 million square foot, fiber-rich building.

COPT: The Federal Space Drives A Growing Data Center Business – Corporate Office Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that has historically focused on properties for the federal government, but has seen success beyond the federal space since moving into data centers. In Northern Virginia, it owns facilities in Ashburn and Manassas. The company discussed the market and its progress.

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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.