Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Dec. 17

The Week in Review: How many data centers are there? Plus, enterprise traction for modular designs, Big Data a challenge for network management, Greenpeace and Facebook end their energy feud, Clustered Systems unveils high-density blade rack.

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

How Many Data Centers? Emerson Says 500,000 - How many data centers are there in the world? Emerson Network Power says there are 509,147 data centers worldwide, with 285.8 million square feet of space.

HP Sees Enterprise Momentum for POD Modules - Enterprises are getting comfortable with containers and modular data centers, which is boosting demand for HP’s Portable Optimized Datacenter (POD) offerings, the company said today. HP is also investing to expand its production capacity for its modular units, including PODWorks facilities in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Will Big Data Clog Networks With Big Traffic? - Big Data, housed in new and disruptive technologies, is expected to account for more than 50 percent of the world’s data in the next five years, according to a a new study. While it offers huge and untapped value, the inevitable result is stress and strain on the world’s Interent infrastructure as companies seek to manage this explosion of information.

Greenpeace, Facebook Announce Truce - After two years of energetic sparring, Greenpeace and Facebook today announced a truce, with Facebook agreeing to prioritize the use of renewable energy for its data centers, and Greenpeace suspending a social media campaign that targeted the social network.

Clustered Systems Cools 100kW in Single Rack - A new blade server chassis featuring technology from Clustered Systems is promising to cool computing loads of up to 100 kilowatts in a single cabinet. The system, which breaks new ground in the effort to pack massive computing power into smaller spaces, will get its first test drive at  the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Palo Alto, Calif.

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