Data Center Design

Facebook Cuts Back on Generators in Sweden


Facebook is reducing the number of backup generators by 70 percent at its new data center in Sweden, saying the extraordinary reliability of the regional power grid serving the town of Lulea allows it to rely upon redundant power feeds. Read More

The Cube: OVH’s New Data Center Design


The large, Borg-style cube-shaped building in France is the new data center for hosting company OVH, which plans to assimilate more than 35,000 servers into its new facility. The new design its part of OVH’s custom server and data center infrastructure. Read More

Pair Plans ‘Grid Zero’ Data Center in Las Vegas

An illustration of the future pair Networks data center that is under construction in Las Vegas.

Can a low-key web hosting company from Pittsburgh build one of the world’s most efficient data centers in the desert? pair Networks recently broke ground on a data center project in Las Vegas that will be powered entirely by a combination of an on-site cogeneration plant and a rooftop array of solar panels, using the utility grid only for backup. Read More

Tornado Risk Seen for Social Security Project

The recent outbreak of powerful and deadly tornadoes across the United States raises a question: Should data centers be engineered to survive stronger wind storms? Curiously, the Social Security Administration has moved in the other direction. Read More

Cisco Opens Doors on New Texas Data Center


Cisco Systems (CSCO) officially opened the doors at its new data center in Allen, Texas, which showcases a number of energy efficiency features and is outfitted with Cisco’s latest technologies for building unified infrastructures for cloud computing applications. Read More

Will Open Compute Alter the Data Center Market?


Are the designs advanced by the Open Compute Project only useful for building huge single-tenant data centers like Facebook’s new Oregon facility? Or will they eventually make their way into facilities offering colocation and turn-key “wholesale” data center space? Read More

Roundup: Is Open Compute A Game-Changer?

Some of the "triplet" racks featured by the Open Compute Project.

Will the new Open Compute Project be disruptive to the way the data center industry operates, and to the vendor ecosystem that supports it? Here’s a roundup of notable commentary and analysis from around the Web. Read More

The Building as an Air Handler

A data center building design for a UK project demonstrating airflow optimization.

We’ve recently seen a number of two-story data centers design the entire structure to optimize airflow to take advantage of free cooling. Researcher James Hamilton of Amazon highlights another example in a new UK project. Read More

Shared Infrastructure Benefits the Data Center

In a recent survey of the Data Center Knowledge audience we learned that 64% of you are planning to expand your current data center or build a new data center. That is why you will want to read this white paper from Dell on Shared Infrastructure: Scale-Out Advantages and Effects on TCO and learn how systems like these have the potential to greatly reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for large data center deployments. Read More

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