Data Center Design

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

Video Demo: Facebook’s Open Rack Revealed

Open Rack Design

In this video, Matt Corddry, Manager, Hardware Design, Facebook, demonstrates new features and tweaks to Facebook’s rack design for the Open Rack standard. Open Rack provides a 21-inch wide slot for servers and storage, expanding upon the 19-inch width that has long been the standard for data center hardware. Read More

Video: Facebook’s New Windmill Server Design

Facebook Windmill Server

Data Center Knowledge recently had a look at Facebook’s updated “Windmill” server design, which is now taller (2 rack units) and narrower to allow more motherboards to fit on a single equipment tray. In this video, Facebook’s Matt Corddry provides an overview of the Windmill server’s features and describes how the design has evolved. Read More

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


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


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

The finished server

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

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