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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of April 29th

Here are some of this week's most popular articles on Data Center Knowledge

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

Microsoft Ramps up Cloud Data Center Spend - Microsoft saw one of the biggest spikes in data center spend in company history in the last quarter.

Dean Nelson Enlisting “Infrastructure Masons” to Advance Data Center Industry - Like water, electricity, or transportation, people take connectivity for granted, and eBay’s former data center chief wants people that enable connectivity to get more recognition.

Data Tower: a Data Center for Saruman - While Microsoft’s infrastructure researchers investigate how deep they can sink a data center pod in the ocean, two Italian architects propose trying to push the limits in the opposite direction.

Data Tower design rendering by architects Valeria Mercuri and Marco Merletti, who envision Iceland as an ideal place for their enormous data center skyscrapers (Credit: V. Mercuri, M. Merletti)

Data Tower design rendering by architects Valeria Mercuri and Marco Merletti, who envision Iceland as an ideal place for their enormous data center skyscrapers (Credit: V. Mercuri, M. Merletti)

Build or Lease? Creating the Best Data Center Strategy - The volume of data generated today is growing at an astonishing rate, and demand for data center space has reached an all-time high, consistently outpacing supply in the top markets. Many organizations are struggling to develop effective data center strategies, frequently facing the familiar question: build or lease?

Texas Data Center Boom Filling up Public Coffers - While data centers create relatively few jobs – nowhere near the amount of jobs factories bring – the amount of property and sales taxes governments collect from expensive equipment purchases their users make is well worth the tax breaks they are offered to lure them in.