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Data center modules now manufactured by BaseLayer inside an IO data center. (Photo: IO)

Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of December 5th

Here's a look at some of the most popular stories on Data Center Knowledge this week

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

Modular Data Center Firm IO to Split Into Two Companies - IO, the Phoenix-based data center provider best known for its modular data center containers, is going to be split into two companies. One, called IO, will continue operating as a data center provider, while the other, called BaseLayer, will be a technology vendor, selling data center containers and data center infrastructure management software IO.OS.

Seagate Moves Into Iron Mountain's Underground Data Center - Seagate, known primarily for its data storage products, has agreed to move servers it uses to provide cloud backup and disaster recovery services, into an underground data center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operated by Iron Mountain.

HP Opens Up Converged Infrastructure for Use with Cisco Switches - Among the avalanche of new data center hardware products HP unveiled at its Discover conference in Barcelona Tuesday was the company’s first converged system that supports top-of-rack switches by Cisco.

In Americas, Equinix Focused on Brazil and New Jersey Markets - As it builds out is footprint in New Jersey and Brazil, Equinix is expanding its Business Suites product (an offering closer to wholesale) and positioning another new product, Performance Hub, to capture enterprise demand. Karl Strohmeyer, the company’s president for the Americas, gave us an update on its strategy in the region.

CenturyLink to Seek Data Center Operations Certification for All Facilities - CenturyLink has achieved Uptime Institute Tier certification for several of its data centers, and now the company is turning focus toward certification for data center operations. CenturyLink will be the first provider to attempt to receive the Uptime Institute Management and Operations Stamp of Approval for its entire portfolio of data centers.