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Top 10 Data Center Stories – March 2014

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The data center industry keeps expanding and growing, and this month’s top posts reflect that. Equinix is expanding massively in NoVA, Switch goes global and Cisco puts out a $1 billion plan to build cloud data centers. Here’s our monthly wrap up of the top ten stories, ordered by page views. Enjoy!

Equinix Plans 1 Million Square Foot Data Center Campus In Ashburn – March 17 – 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 space.

Large Crack Found in Dam Supporting Quincy Data Center Cluster – March 1 -A large crack has been detected in a dam on the Columbia River that is the largest source of hydro-electric power for a major cluster of data centers in Quincy, Washington.

Cisco Joins Cloud Wars, Pledges $1 Billion for Data Centers – March 24 -Networking giant Cisco Systems is the latest tech titan to enter cloud in a big way, pledging to spend $1 billion over the next two years. The company will use that money to build up its data center infrastructure.

American Express Vacating Massive Minneapolis Data Center – March 4 -American Express is vacating a massive 541,000 square foot data center in Minneapolis, which will soon be up for sale, according to local media.

U.S. Navy Shifting Public Data to Amazon Cloud – March 14 – The U.S. Navy is shifting large amounts of data to the Amazon Web Services cloud, and expects the move to produce huge savings.

Facebook Adopts IKEA-Style Pre-Fab Design for Expansion in Sweden – March 7 – 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.

Foust Resigns as Digital Realty CEO, Stein Takes the Helm – March 17 – 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 SUPERNAP Goes Global, as Switch Adds International Partners – March 11 -The SUPERNAP is going global. Colocation pioneer Switch has formed a joint venture to launch an international expansion, teaming with Accelero Capital Holdings and Orascom TMT Investments (OTMTI) to build SUPERNAP data centers around the world.

Immersion-2: Liquid Cooling Designed for 100kW Racks- March 3 – How do you create a 500kW data center that can run inside a high-rise office building? That’s what Allied Control recently did in Hong Kong, where it created a data center that housed custom Bitcoin mining rigs in a rack-mounted immersion cooling system.

Yahoo to Sublease 24 Megawatts of Virginia Space – March 10 – Some of the world’s largest technology companies are consolidating their Internet infrastructure in company-built data centers, and moving out of leased data center space. Will this shift disrupt the market for “wholesale” third-party data center space?

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About the Author

Colleen Miller is a journalist and social media specialist. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, with her most recent work dedicated to the online space. Colleen covers the data center industry, including topics such as modular, cloud and storage/big data.