Author Archives: Rich Miller

About Rich Miller

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

Colocation Outlook 2014: Connectivity is Critical in a Changing Landscape

Looking ahead for 2014: Colo, wholesales and connectivity.

Data center connectivity is becoming a key differentiator as wholesale data center providers compete for customers with colocation companies. As the industry heads into 2014, the blurring of lines between “retail” colo and wholesale space is leading more providers to offer flavors of both products, and boosting interest in open internet exchanges that could extend peering activity to a broader spectrum of facilities. Read More

The Top 10 Data Center Stories of 2013

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Big projects, big budgets, design innovation and repurposing the old economy’s infrastructure for the new economy were key themes during 2013. Here are the top 10 stories of 2013, ranked by page views. Read More

ARM Chip Pioneer Calxeda Shuts Down

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Calxeda, the startup that was a leading player in the market for servers based on ARM chips used in cell phones, has suddenly ceased operations. The company decided to wind down most of its operations after it was unsuccessful in raising additional funding. Read More

Currency Miners Cause Spot Shortages of Dedicated Servers

A Canadian Bitcoin exchange says lax security by its data center provider led to the theft of $100,000 in Bitcoin. (Photo by Zach Copley via Flickr).

A number of dedicated hosting providers are running short of servers to lease, and attributing the shortages to heavy buying by customers mining for digital currencies. Surge buying by Primecoin miners has tested the capacity of at least one cloud provider, but others see opportunity. Read More

The Year in Downtime: The Top 10 Outages of 2013

Lightning can be a hazard to data center uptime, as illustrated by power outages at Amazon and Microsoft data centers in Dublin. (Photo by dagpeak via Flickr)

There was a wide range of causes for data center downtime in 2013. The year’s major outages covered the spectrum, affecting clouds, companies, payment networks and governments at the federal, state and local level. Here’s our list of the Top 10 outages of 2013. Read More

AFCOM Expands Conference Schedule, Adding Regional Events

AFCOM President Tom Roberts greeted Data Center World fall attendees in Orlando. He spoke about the need for data center managers to focus on learning about what's coming in the future, or "what's over the next hill."

AFCOM, the industry association for data center professionals, is expanding its conference schedule with a series of regional events in 2014, the group said today. The addition of six AFCOM Symposium events fills out an active 2014 agenda for the group, which includes two Data Center World conferences in the U.S. as well as one in the Asia/Pacific region. Read More