Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Feb. 18th

The Week in Review: Another major expansion for Equinix in Ashburn, LBNL repares for exascale supercomputing, Vantage touts low PUE for new Santa Clara site, QTS boosts credit line, CyrusOne examines REIT possibilities.

Rich Miller

February 18, 2012

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The colocation area inside one of the newer Equinix faciliites, the SY3 data center in Sydney, Australia. (Source: Equinix).

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

Another Major Expansion for Equinix in Virginia - Colocation provider Equinix continues to expand its huge data center presence in northern Virginia. On Wednesday the company announced plans to build a new International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Ashburn, Virginia, which will be its 11th facility in the key Internet connectivity hub. Equinix will also move ahead with a second phase of a new Ashburn facility offering data center suites instead of colocation.

LBNL Plans For the Exascale Data Center - Last week, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) broke ground on a facility that will house its vision for the  supercomputer of the future. The 140,000 square foot data center will overlook the San Francisco Bay on a hill above the UC Berkeley campus. It may also provides the first view into exascale – the new frontier for supercomputing.

Web-Scale Data Center Design Comes to Silicon Valley - In its new V2 data center, Vantage Data Centers has taken design concepts pioneered by “Internet scale” server farms in remote locations, and implemented them in the heart of Silicon Valley. The result is a data center that matches the energy efficiency of Google’s facilities and uses elements of Facebook’s Open Compute Project, all within a multi-tenant campus in Santa Clara.

In Expansion Mode, QTS Boosts Borrowing Power - Data center service provider QTS (Quality Technology Services) has increased the capacity of its credit facility by $270 million, to a total of $440 million, the company said today. QTS will use the additional money to continue to expand data center space in key markets.

Will CyrusOne Become a REIT? - Will the CyrusOne colocation business become a real estate investment trust (REIT)? That’s one of the possibilities being explored by Cincinnati Bell, which said last week that it was exploring whether to spin off its CyrusOne unit.

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