Data Center Design

AOL’s Outdoor Micro Data Centers Weather Sandy

AOL’s outdoor servers performed flawlessly during SuperStorm Sandy, demonstrating the durability of the company’s new micro-data center, the company said this week. The storm marked the first serious test of AOL’s new unmanned data centers, which are part of the company’s ambitious plan to reshape its infrastructure. Read More

Facebook Adapts Open Compute for Colo Space

Will the Open Compute Project’s uber-efficient open source hardware designs would ever be available at your local colocation center? It’s taken 18 months, but Facebook has now shared details of its first use of Open Compute hardware in its third-party colo space. Read More

Smart Move: Five Steps to a Successful Data Center Relocation

One of the most important parts of conducting a data center relocation is the planning and design of the move. In “Smart Move: Five Steps to a Successful Data Center Relocation” we are able to better understand the intricate planning process that goes into a successful migration and where some plans may fall short. The idea here is to help reduce risk and ensure that the chosen environment is capable of scaling to future business need. Read More

Open Rack Design Guide is Released

The Open Compute Project has released a design guide for Open Rack, its open source hardware project that seeks to establish a new standard for rack design for hyperscale data center environments. Read More

AOL Brings Micro Data Center Indoors, Adds Wheels

AOL has introduced an indoor version of its Micro Data Center, complete with casters that allow the rack-size unit to be rolled to its destination. The design is an adaptation of AOL’s original Micro-DC, announced lastmonth, which allows the company to house servers in enclosures located outdoors. Read More

CyrusOne Goes V-Shaped With Roof in Phoenix

The need to store rainwater is driving an unusual roof design for the new CyrusOne data center project in Chandler, Arizona. The huge roof for the facility will have a V shape, with high sides tapering down to a channel down the middle. Read More

AOL Gets Small With Outdoor Micro Data Centers

AOL this week unveiled a prototype of a micro data center. The rack-sized enclosure, which will live outdoors, is the first step in AOL’s ambitious plan to reshape its infrastructure using small, unmanned IT facilities that can be managed remotely. Read More

Still No Sign of Data Ships on the Horizon

Over the years we’ve highlighted a number of unusual approaches to data center design. Some of these offbeat strategies have developed into real-world technology. But floating data centers are not among them, and there’s no sign that will change anytime soon. Read More

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