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Top 10 Data Center Stories of 2015

While “boring” is a good thing as far as data center operators are concerned, 2015 was not a boring year for the data center industry. From data center outages on both sides of the Atlantic, caused by lightning and an explosion, to one of the biggest data center providers thinking of offloading its data centers, to a big change to the way the industry’s most important reliability rating system works, the year delivered plenty of excitement for some and anxiety for others.

Here is a recap of the most popular stories on Data Center Knowledge this year:

Lightning in Belgium Disrupts Google Cloud Services

Not even the mighty Google data centers are immune to acts of god it turns out. In August, a series of successive lightning strikes in Belgium last Thursday managed to knock some cloud storage systems offline briefly, causing errors for some users of Google’s cloud infrastructure services.

Chillers and cooling towers of the Google data center campus in St. Ghislain, Belgium (Photo: Google)

Chillers and cooling towers of the Google data center campus in St. Ghislain, Belgium (Photo: Google)

Switch Building Massive $1B SuperNap Data Center in Reno

Few data center providers build bigger than Switch. In January, the Las Vegas company unveiled plans for its largest project yet, a $1 billion, 3 million square foot SuperNAP data center campus on 1,000 acres of land near Reno, Nevada.

Rendering of the planned Switch Tahoe Reno SuperNap data center campus (Image: Switch)

Rendering of the planned Switch Tahoe Reno SuperNap data center campus (Image: Switch)

Why CenturyLink Doesn’t Want to Own Data Centers

CenturyLink’s colocation business, the business whose seeds were sown primarily four years ago with the $2.5 billion acquisition of Savvis, is not doing well. Colo revenue is not growing, and the telecommunications giant is looking for ways to avoid investing more capital in the segment.

New ‘Six Pack’ Switch Powers Facebook Data Center Fabric

In Facebook data centers, the meaning of the words “six pack” no longer has anything to do with beer or abs.

Facebook's Six Pack switch is a 7RU chassis that includes eight of its Wedge switches and two fabric cards (Photo: Facebook)

Facebook’s Six Pack switch is a 7RU chassis that includes eight of its Wedge switches and two fabric cards (Photo: Facebook)

Amazon Piloting Tesla Batteries to Power Cloud Data Center

The Tesla energy storage systems are based on the powertrain architecture and components of Tesla electric vehicles. They integrate batteries, power electronics, thermal management, and controls into a turn-key system.

Uptime Institute Kills Tier Certification for Commercial Data Center Designs

The way the most important rating system for data center reliability works has been changed.

CoreOS Gives Up Control of Non-Docker Linux Container Standard

Taking a major step forward in its quest to drive a Linux container standard that’s not created and controlled by Docker or any other company, CoreOS spun off management of its App Container project into a stand-alone foundation.

Alex Polvi, founder and CEO of CoreOS, wants to offer a full suite of tools that will enable enterprises to deploy 'warehouse-scale' computing infrastructure. (Photo: CoreOS)

Alex Polvi, founder and CEO of CoreOS, wants to offer a full suite of tools that will enable enterprises to deploy ‘warehouse-scale’ computing infrastructure. (Photo: CoreOS)

ViaWest Accused of Misleading Customers in Las Vegas

Nevada Attorney General’s office has asked the company to address accusations that it has been advertising its Las Vegas data center as a Tier IV facility, when in fact it was not constructed to Tier IV standards.

Explosion in Downtown Los Angeles Disrupts Data Center Operations

Multiple companies operating data centers in the area affected by the blast in August reported loss of utility power and said they had switched to backup generators without power interruption to their customers.

The moon is seen behind downtown high-rise buildings during the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century before dawn on April 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Downtown Los Angeles. April 2014 (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Amazon Wants to Replace the Enterprise Data Center

In the cloud giant’s vision, the role of hybrid is simply to smooth the transition and let customers’ existing infrastructure investments reach their natural end of life.

Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon, speaking at AWS re:Invent 2015 in Las Vegas (Photo: AWS)

Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon, speaking at AWS re:Invent 2015 in Las Vegas (Photo: AWS)

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