Daniel Costello Moves from Microsoft to Google

Daniel Costello discusses the use of PACs (pre-assembled components) in Microsoft data centers at The Uptime Symposium in May.

Google has confirmed that Daniel Costello, who has been a key member of data center design team at Microsoft and Intel, has joined the company’s data center staff. Costello has been a key architect of Microsoft’s move to modular data center design. Read More

Google & Facebook: A Tale of Two Data Centers

Facebook welcomed local officials to a public ceremony last year when it broke ground for its new data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Do you pursue James Bond-level secrecy for your data center, or invite the mayor in for a tour? An Oregon paper presents a “study in contrasts” between the Google facility in The Dalles and the new Facebook facility being built in Prineville, Oregon. Read More

Google Boosts Data Center Spending


Google is building again. After several years of muted investment in its data center infrastructure, Google reported capital expenditures of $476 million in the second quarter of 2010, more than doubling its spending from the previous quarter. Read More

Google: How We’re Making the Web Faster

Urs Holzle, Google, speaks on decreasing Web page load and increasing user experience and site revenue.

Google is stepping up its efforts to make the Internet faster, using its software, servers and infrastructure to provide tools to help web site owners build speedier sites. Google’s Urs Holzle outlined the company’s efforts in his Keynote at the Velocity 2010 conference. Read More

Google Patents ‘Tower of Containers’

An image from a just-issued Google patent depicting a stack of data center containers.

Google has been awarded a patent on data center layouts that stack containers up to four high, and others featuring rows of containers attached to a central power spine or distributed in girds organized along shared power and cooling lines. Read More

Google Eyes ‘Optical Express’ for its Network

Google’s Senior Network Architect Bikash Koley said that machine-to-machine traffic is rising at Google and as such the company reconsidering overall optical network choices. Plus more highlights from the Light Reading optical conference. Read More

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