Author Archives: Jordan Novet

About Jordan Novet

Jordan Novet is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. He has written for newspapers and magazines and most recently covered cloud computing and big data at GigaOM.

PayPal and Groupon Go All In With Node.js

Sri Viswanath, senior vice president of engineering and operations at Groupon, speaks about the company's use of Node.js at the Node Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday. (Photo: Jordan Novet)

Developers at staid technology companies such as eBay and PayPal have seen the perks of developing with the hip server-side JavaScript runtime Node.js. Many have watched it speed application development and lower memory utilization in comparison with more traditional programming languages. Read More

Verizon Tries Out Alternative Cooling Methods

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Verizon Terremark is experimenting with a novel way to push hot and cold air around data center racks called virtual containment. Verizon’s Ben Stewart discussed the concept this week at the Data Center Efficiency Summit in Palo Alto, Calif. Read More

Research: Liquid Cooling Can Reduce Data Center Energy Use

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Liquid-cooled servers at a data center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory used less energy in certain circumstances than air-cooled servers on site, a researcher said Tuesday at the sixth annual Data Center Efficiency Summit hosted by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG). Read More

Closer Look: The Mysterious Barge in the Bay

The structure on a ship off of Treasure Island. (Photo: Jordan Novet)

It’s hard to say for sure just what’s being built on a barge docked at Treasure Island, in the middle of San Francisco Bay. A data center by infrastructure innovator Google is one of the possibilities. Our photo feature provides a closer look at the mysterious facility. Read More