For your weekend reading, here are this week’s most popular stories on Data Center Knowledge:
Cockcroft, the Man Behind Netflix’s Move to AWS, Joins AWS - Part of his role will be advising Amazon Web Services customers on their cloud architecture. In a way, helping AWS users make wise choices about running in the cloud is something he’s been doing already.
Cloud Giants Likely to Beef Up Bandwidth to Fight IoT Botnets - While it’s unclear exactly why the other providers, such as Microsoft, Google, and Rackspace, didn’t suffer service disruptions (the most likely reason is that they don’t use Dyn), companies whose computing and storage infrastructure underpins so many of the top internet services will have to take a hard look at their existing DDoS mitigation strategies.
Report: CenturyLink and Level 3 in Merger Talks - Broomfield, Colorado-based Level 3 operates one of the most extensive global internet backbones, and CenturyLink’s connectivity services, while global, are primarily concentrated in the US. Known primarily as carriers, both companies also have substantial carrier-neutral data center services businesses.
These Data Center Providers Use Most Renewable Energy - Companies that use providers like Digital and Equinix are increasingly interested in data center services powered by renewable energy, partly because of their own corporate sustainability programs and partly because energy generated by sources like wind and solar has gotten a lot cheaper in recent years. In response, the providers have been sourcing more renewables to address the demand.
DuPont Fabros Buys Former Printing Plant for Its First Toronto Data Center - This is DFT’s first foray into a market outside of the US. The company first announced plans to expand there last year as part of a series of big strategic changes, which followed the appointment of its new CEO, former NTT exec Christopher Eldredge. Another big change was a move away from retail colocation services to focus strictly on leasing wholesale data center space in massive-scale facilities.