Author Archives: Rich Miller

About Rich Miller

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.

Microsoft Will Use Fuel Cells to Create Self-Powered Racks

Serious Server Density: Packed racks of servers in an IT-PAC at the new Microsoft data center in Quincy, Washington (Photo: Microsoft Corp.)

Microsoft wants to bring power generation inside the rack, and make data centers cheaper and greener in the process. The company says it will test racks with built-in fuel cells, a move that would eliminate the need for expensive power distribution systems seen in traditional data centers. Read More

Portugal Telecom’s High-Concept Green Data Center

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Portugal Telcom recently unveiled an ambitious new data center project that seeks to combine progressive architecture, sustainability and the latest in IT technology. The $120 million complex opened with 37 customers, and is expected to eventually span 800,000 square feet. Read More

Swimming Storage: Helium Hard Drives Use Immersion Cooling

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On Monday, HGST announced a new Helium-filled hard drive, which boosts storage capacity by reducing drag. Because they’re hermetically sealed, the drives are ideal for immersion cooling. At Cloud Expo, HGST showed off an immersion cooling implementation of its Ultrastar He6 drive. Read More

DuPont Fabros Buys Land for Expansion in Chicago

Data center developer DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) has bought 15 acres of land in Elk Grove Village, Illinois to serve as the home for its second data center in the Chicago market. It expects to begin work on a 26-megawatt facility early next year. Read More

LinkedIn Expands With Texas Data Center

One of the buildings at Datacenter Park, the Digital Realty Trust campus in Richardson, Texas.

LinkedIn, the social network for business, continues to expand its data center infrastructure to support its rapid growth. The company signed a $116 million, 11-year lease for a large chunk of data center space in Dallas. Read More

AMS-IX Opens Internet Exchange in the New York Market

AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) today announced plans to create an exchange spanning four data centers in New York and New Jersey. The move reflects growing momentum for Open-IX, the movement to spread the European model for exchanging traffic between major networks. Read More