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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Oct. 29

The Week in Review: Facebook will build a new air-cooled data center in chilly Sweden, the Open Compute Project gains momentum and structure, Apple plans solar array near North Carolina data center.

Luleå Mayor Karl Petersen, at left, and Matz Engman, CEO for Luleå Business Agency, officially Like the new Facebook data center in their town in northern Sweden.

For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week:

  • Facebook Goes Global With Data Center in Sweden - Facebook will build a huge new data center in northern Sweden to support the rapid global growth of its users, the company said today. The new data center in Lulea, Sweden will be Facebook’s first facility outside the United States. The location takes advantage of the cool climate in Lulea, a seaside town of 45,000 located at approximately the same latitude as Fairbanks, Alaska. That cool weather will allow Facebook to use outside air to cool the tens of thousands of servers that will occupy the new campus.
  • Can Open Hardware Transform the Data Center? - Is the data center industry on the verge of a revolution in which open source hardware designs transform the process of designing and building data centers? The Open Compute Project, an initiative begun in April by Facebook, is gaining partners, momentum and structure. Yesterday it unveiled a new foundation and board to shepherd the burgeoning movement.
  • Apple Planning Solar Array Near iDataCenter - Apple is in the early stages of installing an array of solar panels on a large parcel of land it is clearing for its new data center in Maiden, North Carolina, according to documents filed with officials in Catawba County. The company is in the process of clearing trees from 171 acres of land across from its 500,000 square foot iDataCenter.
  • Scott Noteboom Moves from Yahoo to Apple - Scott Noteboom, who in recent years has led the data center team at Yahoo, has taken a position at Apple. Noteboom has overseen a major data center expansion at Yahoo, which has adopted an innovative “chicken coop” design that has improved the energy efficiency of the company’s infrastructure, slashing its power bills in the process.
  • Equinix Marketplace Seeks to Connect Customers - Equinix wants to make it easier for the companies in its data centers to do business with one another. Today it introduced the Equinix Marketplace, a new service that makes it possible for the companies populating its data centers to find business opportunities among the 4,000 other Equinix customers.

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