A blimp sponsored by Greenpeace flies over the Facebook headquarters campus in Palo Alto, Calif. congratulating Apple, Facebook and Google for their progress using renewable energy in their data centers. (Photo: George Nikitin, Greenpeace)

A blimp sponsored by Greenpeace flies over the Facebook headquarters campus in Palo Alto, Calif. congratulating Apple, Facebook and Google for their progress using renewable energy in their data centers. (Photo: George Nikitin, Greenpeace)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of April 5

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

Data Center Power Plant Prompts Protests - As a growing number of data center projects contemplate on-site energy generation, a controversy in Delaware illustrates the potential risks of this strategy. The Data Centers LLC (TDC) has proposed a large data center in Newark, Delaware that would include up to 248 megawatts of on-site generation. The project has spurred intense local controversy. While data center developments haven’t traditionally been a magnet for NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) concerns, power plants are another matter.

Facebook Provides A Peek at Progress In Altoona - Facebook is giving us a peek at construction progress of its data center in Altoona, Iowa with some new photos. The company provided two new aerial views of the data center as well as a look at the interior data hall. The “shell” of the facility is well in place, eight generators are on site, and the framework for the data hall is coming together.

The Data Centers Powering High Frequency Trading - High frequency trading is in the news this week, as are the data centers in northern New Jersey that serve as the technology engines powering the practice. Here’s a look at the four data centers mentioned prominently in this week’s news, along with some useful links to our coverage of low-latency trading and colocation.

Apple, Google, Facebook Earn High Marks from Greenpeace – Apple, Facebook and Google are leading the shift to a greener Internet, according to a new report from Greenpeace that examines the use of renewable power in cloud computing. All three companies are working to power their data center operations with 100 percent renewable energy. Earning lower marks is Amazon Web Services, which currently sources just 15 percent of its electricity demand with clean energy.

Arista Networks Files for $200 Million IPO - Network equipment maker Arista Networks has filed for an initial public offering, hoping to raise up to $200 million. The company has built a solid footprint among Wall Street traders and cloud computing providers seeking high-performance networking gear.

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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.