A KnC Miner bitcoin hashing center in northern Sweden uses shelving instead of cabinets. (Photo: KnC Miner)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of July 12th

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

Massive Bitcoin Mines Spring Up in Warehouses – The Bitcoin mining craze is driving the creation of a new breed of computing facilities featuring high-density hardware, low-reliability electrical infrastructure and off-the-shelf enclosures. These “hashing centers” often are built in old warehouses and house servers on shelving from hardware stores like the Home Depot.

Apple Shows Internet and Environment do Mix With 3rd N.C. Solar Farm – Apple is planning a third solar farm in the vicinity of its Maiden, North Carolina, data center.

Report: AWS Data Center May Be Coming to Germany – Amazon’s next data center to support its public cloud services may be located in Germany, according to an operations employee at a German mobile marketing startup, who found an Amazon Web Services end node identified as ec2.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com using open source cryptography tools.

Can Dragonfly Attacks Cause Data Center Outages? – A disruption to parts of the U.S. energy grid could be disastrous and put data center providers and customers through some rough times. While data centers generally have multiple layers of infrastructure redundancy and backup power supplies to ride out utility outages, prolonged grid-power interruptions could lead to data center outages.

Google’s Docker Container Management Project Kubernetes Gets Big League Support – Kubernetes, the open source container management project announced by Google in June, is seeing strong support. IBMRed Hat and Microsoft, as well as well-hyped startups CoreOS and Mesosphere are now supporting and contributing to Kubernetes.

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