Cable trays inside an Equinix data center. (Photo: Equinix)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 22

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

Equinix Plans 1 Million Square Foot Data Center Campus In Ashburn – Equinix plans to build a massive data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia, not far from its existing interconnection hub in the heart of northern Virginia’s “Data Center Alley.” The company has submitted plans to build a gargantuan development with more than 1.16 million square feet of data center space

Facebook Open Sources Power And Water Usage Efficiency Dashboard – Facebook is open sourcing the power and water usage dashboards for its data centers in Prineville, Oregon and Forest City, North Carolina. Last April, the company launched public dashboards that visualized real time efficiency for the facilities, and now the company is sharing them in the spirit of transparency.

Foust Resigns as Digital Realty CEO, Stein Takes the Helm – Digital Realty Trust said today that its long-time CEO Michael Foust has stepped down, effective immediately. The company’s board has appointed Chief Financial Officer William Stein to take over as Interim Chief Executive Officer.

The Green Grid Unveils Energy Productivity Metric for Data Centers – The Green Grid has announced a new framework for measuring “useful work” in the data center. It is a metric five years in the making. A global task force on data center efficiency announced agreement on standard approaches and reporting conventions for data center energy productivity (DCeP). It’s been a long road to DCeP, as it has been difficult to find agreement on a definition.

Servergy Sees a Future of Denser, Greener Servers – Bill Mapp wants to create data centers that are both denser and greener. In 2009 Mapp founded Servergy, and set out to rework server design to pack more computing horsepower into a smaller footprint.

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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.

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