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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016

Top 10 Data Center Stories of the Year: 2017

Hybrid cloud partnerships, massive public cloud meltdowns, the cloud's effect on the colocation industry, and hyper-scale network design were among the most popular stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge in 2017.

10. Microsoft Runs a Simulation of the Entire Azure Network to Prevent Outages - Because at hyper-scale, replicating your network just for testing is simply not an option

9. How Cloud is Changing the Colocation Data Center Market - As they suck smaller workloads away from colos and lease up wholesale space, public clouds are causing tectonic shifts in the market.

8. Google Reveals Espresso, Its Edge Data Center SDN - Fourth and most challenging pillar of its SDN strategy, Espresso manages performance at peering points.

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Network room at a Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa

7. Microsoft's Cloud Market Share Grew More than Anyone Else's in the Second Quarter - Microsoft Azure, with 11 percent of the total public cloud market, showed the largest growth in market share, with a 3 percent gain over the preceding four quarters.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaking at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, DC.

6. Here’s How the Software-Defined Network that Powers Azure Works - Albert Greenberg, one of the leading minds behind modern data center and backbone networks, explains how Azure SDN is designed.

Fan wall inside Microsoft’s fifth-generation data center in Quincy, Washington (Source: Microsoft video)

5. Why HPE No Longer Wants to Sell Cheap Servers to Cloud Giants - The company decides commodity gear is not a business it wants to be in, doubles down on higher-margin product.

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Microsoft's custom cloud servers, open sourced through the Open Compute Project, as seen at the OCP Summit 2017

4. AWS Outage that Broke the Internet Caused by Mistyped Command - Amazon says mayhem resulted from mistake during a routine debugging exercise.

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AWS cloud pavilion at the 2016 CeBIT digital technology trade fair in Hanover

3. Who Leased the Most Data Center Space in 2016? - Cloud companies are creating huge supply-demand imbalance in top data center markets.

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Digital Realty's ACC7 data center (formerly DuPont Fabros) in Ashburn, Virginia

2. OVH to Disassemble Container Data Centers after Epic Outage in Europe - “This is probably the worst-case scenario that could have happened to us.”

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OVH's SBG1 container data center in Strasbourg, France

1. Google and Cisco Signed the Papers, and Now Starts the Heavy Lifting - What to look out for when the latest marriage in the land of hybrid cloud starts bearing fruit.

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Inside Google's data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa

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