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European Data Center Revenue May Double

A report published by Tariff Consultancy Ltd notes that European data centre revenue is “set to more than double over the five year period from 2010 to 2015, with net raised floor space to increase by 70%, driven primarily by price increases.” Read More

Google Patent Reveals Data Center Innovations

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Google has revealed some of the secret technology inside its mighty data centers, but its engineers are busy cooking up new secrets.

An example: Google is seeking to patent an advanced data center cooling system that provides precision cooling inside racks of servers, automatically adjusting to temperature changes while dramatically reducing the energy required to run chillers. The cooling design, which could help Google slash the power bill for its servers, reinforces Google’s focus on its data centers as a competitive advantage in its battle with Microsoft and other rivals for leadership in cloud computing. Read More

Facebook Follows Google to Data Center Savings

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Facebook is stepping up its efforts to make its data centers cheaper and more efficient, and is following in the footsteps of Google in several of its key initiatives. Facebook says it’s streamlining its servers, and also plans to adopt a novel power distribution design pioneered by Google.
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Video Tour: Telecity Powergate Data Center

Here’s a video tour of the Telecity Group’s Powergate data center, the newest of eight data centres the company operates in the London market. Powergate can support power densities of up to 20 kW a rack, and is backed by 12 diesel generators. Read More

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