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 in 2014. (Photo: George Nikitin, Greenpeace)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 10th

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

Greenpeace Takes Clicking Clean Campaign to Pinterest HQ – Greenpeace continued its unapologetic pursuit of the internet’s top brands, pressuring them to do something about coal power which fuels most of the internet and all other industries, with an action outside of the San Francisco, Calif., office of Pinterest Tuesday.

Digital Realty Tweaks Strategy, Plans Property Sell-off – In an earnings call, Digital Realty Trust executives announced that the company is planning to divest the least-performing properties in its massive global portfolio and change its mix of product offerings to include solutions that combine its traditional space-and-power offerings with services higher up the stack provided by some of its customers.

Dell Reaffirms Commitment To Open, Agnostic Cloud – Dell and HP, while growing from similar original equipment manufacturer (OEM) roots, are taking two very different approaches in transition to the world of cloud services.

Vacant Facebook Space Gets Leased Up in Silicon Valley – When Facebook migrated servers from leased data centers to its ultra-efficient server farm in Oregon, it left behind acres of empty space in Silicon Valley. The shift provided a major test of how a key data center market handles the exit of a major player, particularly when Facebook announced plans to sublease its vacant space, a strategy that loomed as a potential headache for landlords.

HP Ramps Up Cloud Play With $1 Billion Investment – HP kicked off a new $1 billion cloud services initiative that will include Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service offerings, all underpinned by OpenStack – the popular open source cloud infrastructure software.

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San Francisco-based business and technology journalist. Editor in chief at Data Center Knowledge, covering the global data center industry.