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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of July 6

The Week in Review: Submerged servers at scale, the greenest supercomputers, OpenStack-powered clouds at CERN, Apple's big bet on solar power in Nevada and a cloud exchange for trading capacity.


Tanks of liquid coolant inside the CGG data center in Houston each house up to 42 servers immersed in coolant. (Photo: Rich Miller)

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

The Immersion Data Center: The New Frontier of High-Density Computing - Geoscience specialist CGG has filled an entire data center with tanks of servers submerged in a liquid coolant similar to mineral oil. Here's a look at this unique data center in Houston and its implementation of immersion cooling technology from Green Revolution Cooling.

Rackspace Bringing Hybrid Cloud to CERN - Rackspace Hosting has been pushing the hybrid computing message, and CERN is kicking the tires. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, will be relying on Rackspace’s Open Hybrid Cloud to help it discover the origins of the universe.

Apple Planning Solar Farm in Reno - Apple is planning to build a solar farm next to its planned Reno, Nevada data center. The solar farm will eventually power the data center as well as provide power to the nearby community.

Eurora Ranked Most Energy Efficient Supercomputer - Computing power is no longer the only benchmark that matters in supercomputing. Energy efficiency, as measured in performance per watt, is the key metric for the Green 500 list, which highlights the systems that combine power and efficiency. Debuting at number one on the June 2013 Green 500 list is the Eurora supercomputer, with 3.208 gigaflops per watt.

Deutsche Börse To Launch Cloud Exchange - Will cloud computing capacity soon be traded like pork bellies? That’s the intriguing possibility raised by this week’s news that Deutsche Börse will launch a “cloud exchange,” a trading venue for outsourced storage and computing capacity that will launch early next year.>