Project Natick, Microsoft's experimental underwater data center, being deployed off the coast of California (Photo: Microsoft)

Project Natick, Microsoft's experimental underwater data center, being deployed off the coast of California (Photo: Microsoft)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of February 26th

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

Reality Check: Can Underwater Data Centers Really Work? – Microsoft’s Project Natick is a bold and innovative idea, but since we’re in the election season, let’s do some fact checking to see whether this idea can do more than tread water.

Equinix: the Complicated Math of a Technology REIT – The colocation giant has seen steady declines on key REIT metrics. More traditional REIT investors would simply run for the hills based upon these results, but the Equinix story is more nuanced.

QTS Expanding in Seven US Data Center Markets, Managing for Long-Term Growth – The REIT continues to pursue its so-far effective niche strategy targeting network, cloud, and enterprise customers who appreciate the flexibility offered by a one-stop data center shop.

CyrusOne Reports Record 2015, Plans Big New Jersey Expansion – CONE crushed results across the board during 2015, including record leasing of 30MW across more than 200,000 square feet of data center space in the fourth quarter alone.

AFCO to Take Bloomberg’s Custom Data Center Rack to MarketLike many of its peers in the world of financial-services giants, Bloomberg hasn’t been shy to experiment with novel approaches to data center infrastructure in hopes of finding ways to cut cost and improve performance of its applications.

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