Data Center Design

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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Low-Orbit Servers? Or A Pirate Prank?

The controversial BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay posted an odd announcement last night stating that it had decided to deploy servers using aerial “drones” in the upper atmosphere. Prank or outside-the-box ambition? Read More

Data Center Pulse IDs Top 10 Industry Challenges

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Can IT and facilities work together to make data centers more effective? Will modular designs and renewable energy gain a greater foothold? Those are among the key challenges facing the industry, according to Data Center Pulse, which has released its annual “Top 10″ list of priorities for data center users. Read More

eBay Containers Push Frontiers of Efficiency

A crane lifting a data center container onto the roof of the eBay Project Mercury data center in Phoenix, completed in 2012. (Photo: eBay)

eBay’s new containerized data center in Phoenix is one of the most efficient data centers ever built, recording exceptional performance on industry metrics while operating in temperatures as high as 115 degrees F, according to a report released today. Read More

Web-Scale Data Center Design Comes to Silicon Valley

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In its new V2 facility, Vantage Data Centers has taken data center design concepts pioneered by “Internet scale” data centers in remote locations, and implemented them in the heart of Silicon Valley. The result is a data center that matches the energy efficiency of Google’s faciliities and implements key design components of Facebook’s Open Compute Project. Read More

New Tenants for Verne’s Modular Colo in Iceland

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Verne Global today unveiled its new “modular colo” data center in Iceland, along with three new tenants. The data center hall consists of 37 modules that were built in the UK and then shipped to Iceland, where they were assembled into a completed data center.
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Benefits of 10GBASE-T Adoption

10GBASE-T is the standard technology that enables 1- Gigabit Ethernet operations over balanced twisted-pair copper, including Category 6A unshielded and shielded cabling. It provides flexibility in network design due to its 100-meter reach capability, and the requisite backward compatibility that allows most end users to upgrade from their 10/100/1000-Mbps networks. Read More

Upgrading a Landmark Data Center Hub

The entrance to 60 Hudson Street, the Manhattan data center hub that previously served as the headquarters for Western Union. (Source: 60 Hudson)

60 Hudson Street, which has a grand history as a cornerstone in the development of America’s communications infrastructure, is undergoing a complex upgrade of its power and cooling infrastructure to expand the data center space in the building. Read More

A Data Center That Mimics A Mansion

An illustration of a proposed "community-based" data center in Minnetonka, Minnesota (Image: Keith Waters & Associates).

A luxury homebuilder in Minnesota wants to build a data center that appears to be a mansion, allowing the commercial building to fit into a residential neighborhood. The facility would be used by FiberPop, a broadband content provider. Read More

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