Data Center Design

Video: Facebook’s Storage Design Prototype

Facebook Knox Storage

Storage has been the missing link in Facebook’s custom hardware designs. But no longer. This video provides a hands-on overview of Facebook’s custom storage hardware, known as Knox, which is designed for easy maintenance and disk replacement. Read More

Huge Oregon Chip Plant May Become Data Center

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A former Hynix semiconductor facility in Eugene, Oregon may be converted into a 900,000 square foot data center. It’s the latest project seeking to retrofit semiconductor plants, which share a number of key attributes with data centers, and could continue the momentum for Oregon as a data center destination. Read More

Q&A: Andrew Blum on the ‘Tubes’ Powering the Internet

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What does the center of the Internet look like? That’s the focus of Andrew Blum’s new book: Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, to be published May 29. We recently did a Q-and-A with Blum about his interest in Internet infrastructure and the process of researching and writing the book. Read More

Yahoo: Facebook Treading On Our Server Patents

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Yahoo has asserted that Facebook’s data center and server technology may infringe upon patents owned by Yahoo and companies it has acquired. Yahoo’s claims cover technology included in the Open Compute Project, the open source initiative that has published details of many of Facebook’s server and data center designs. Read More

Executive Q&A: Kevin Timmons of CyrusOne

Kevin Timmons has been involved in creating some of the world’s most efficient data centers. We caught up with Timmons for a Q&A about CyrusOne’s Phoenix data center project and the recent peer review session convened to brainstorm design concepts. Read More

Inside Go Daddy’s Phoenix Data Center

The global infrastructure for domain registrar Go Daddy is anchored by a 320,000 square foot data center in Phoenix. We recently had a tour of the huge facility, the lynchpin of an internet infrastructure that supports 5 million web sites. Here’s a look Inside Go Daddy’s Data Center. Read More

The Long Term Costs of Capacity Loss

The cost of under-utilizing the potential of a data center facility can be massive, increasing the price of each provided kW of processing power by up to 100%. Many of today’s data center management strategies risk encouraging short-term management over long term gain.
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