Speaking at GigaOm Structure 2014 in San Francisco, Facebook's vice president of infrastructure engineering (left) previewed Wedge, the social network's own top-of-rack switch.

Speaking at GigaOm Structure 2014 in San Francisco, Facebook's vice president of infrastructure engineering (left) previewed Wedge, the social network's own top-of-rack switch.

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of June 20th

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

Facebook Breaks the Network Switch Up Into Modules - After it customized servers and storage to optimize for its applications and to enable its developers to roll out new software features at lightning speeds, networking switches were the remaining component of Facebook’s infrastructure that was a “black box,” with tightly coupled vendor-designed proprietary software and hardware.

Level 3 to Acquire tw telecom for $5.7B - Level 3 Communications, the global network backbone giant, announced an agreement to buy U.S. metro connectivity service provider tw telecom for about $5.7 billion in cash and stock value.

Iceland Utility Touts Cheap Clean Energy to Lure Data Centers - Iceland has long been discussed as a potential emerging data center market, and a number of groups in the country have been recently stepping up its promotion as such. Icelandic companies, such as Iceland Air and Bank of Iceland, the city of Reykjavík and the foreign ministry cooperate to build the Iceland brand.

Rackspace Intros Dedicated Servers That Behave Just Like Cloud VMs - Seeking to make cloud infrastructure performance more predictable for its customers, Rackspace is launching a new “bare-metal” server offering, giving users the ability to spin up and down dedicated servers just like they spin up and down virtual machines in its OpenStack cloud.

Verizon Lets Other Carriers Sell Services in More of Its Data Centers - Carrier neutrality has not traditionally been common practice for Verizon, but that is something the company has been changing.

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