Emerson's survey of data center professionals reflected (Graphic: Emerson Network Power)

Emerson's survey of data center professionals reflected (Graphic: Emerson Network Power)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 3

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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.

NSA Data Center’s Water Use Pattern Indicates Economization – The National Security Agency’s Utah data center using much less water than the U.S. spy agency pays for most likely indicates that the facility is not running at full capacity and that it is taking advantage of economization, also known as “free cooling,” a data center engineering expert told Data Center Knowledge.

Judge: Microsoft Must Obey US Warrant Seeking Data Stored in Ireland - Microsoft must turn over a customer’s personal data stored at a Dublin, Ireland, data center to the US government, a federal magistrate judge ruled earlier this month. Judge James Francis said companies like Microsoft and Google must comply with search warrants from US law enforcement agencies seeking customer data regardless of where that data is stored, Reuters reported.

What Will The Data Center of 2025 Look Like? – What will the data center look like in 2025? Enterprise data centers will be much smaller, power densities will be much higher, and the majority of IT workloads will have moved to cloud computing platforms. That’s the consensus from data center professionals surveyed by Emerson Network Power for its Data Center 2025 Project, who were tasked to imagine what facilities will look like 11 years from now.

ARIN: Final Phase of Countdown to Last IPv4 Address Begins - It is no secret that the number of IPv4 addresses has become critically low. American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is down to the final /8 (around 16 million addresses) and has moved into Phase Four, the final phase, of its IPv4 countdown plan. This means the registry may no longer be able to fulfill all qualifying IPv4 requests.

365 Data Centers Targets SMBs, Ditches Colo Contracts - 365 Main has rebranded as 365 Data Centers, and is sharpening its focus as a provider of colocation services to the small business sector. As part of that shift, it is skipping the traditional multi-year service agreement, and offering its colocation services on a “commitment free” month-to-month basis.

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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.