Top 10 Data Center Stories, February 2015

Here's a look at the most read articles on Data Center Knowledge during the month of February.

Bri Pennington

February 27, 2015

3 Min Read
Top 10 Data Center Stories, February 2015
Facebook’s Six Pack switch is a 7RU chassis that includes eight of its Wedge switches and two fabric cards (Photo: Facebook)

From Google and AOL suffering downtime to Apple expanding its footprint, here are the 10 most read articles on Data Center Knowledge during the month of February. Enjoy!

New ‘Six Pack’ Switch Powers Facebook Data Center Fabric - In Facebook data centers, the meaning of the words “six pack” no longer has anything to do with beer or abs.

Google Compute Engine, AOL Mail Suffer Early Morning Outages - Today started with a pair of outages. Google Compute Engine suffered downtime across multiple zones lasting roughly an hour, while AOL Mail suffered an extended outage most of the morning.

Report: AT&T to Sell $2B Worth of Data Center Assets - AT&T wants to sell about $2 billion worth of data center assets as it looks for ways to pay down debt after making huge investments in spectrum and acquisitions, Reuters reported, citing three anonymous sources.


AT&T's technology recovery demonstration in Paris (Photo: AT&T)

VMware Vets Unveil Software Defined Storage Startup, Raise $34M - Springpath, a startup founded by VMware veterans that has been building a software defined storage platform that isn’t tied to any specific hardware, came out of stealth today, announcing $34 million in funding by New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, and Sequoia Capital.

Why Cisco is Warming to Non-ACI Data Center SDN - There are three basic ways to do software defined networking in a data center. One way is to use OpenFlow, an SDN standard often criticized for poor scalability. Another, much more popular way, is to use virtual network overlays. And the third is Cisco’s way.

Why Hybrid Cloud Continues to Grow: A Look at Real Use-Cases - Cloud computing isn’t going anywhere. In fact, there are more cloud platforms, services and environments being developed each and every day.

Firmer Pricing in US Data Center Market Expected in 2015 - Despite healthy market dynamics and strong leasing activity, pricing trends in the U.S. data center market have been somewhat at odds, according to a recent Cushman & Wakefield report. Pricing was largely soft in 2014, but the real estate company expects firmer pricing in 2015.


Digital Realty's Digital Dallas campus

Why Cloudera and MapR Opted Out of Pivotal’s Hadoop Consortium - When it announced it would open source its entire suite of big data analytics tools earlier this week, Pivotal also announced formation of an industry group that would bring what the EMC- and VMware-owned software company said was a much needed common set of standards to ensure compatibility across technologies in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.

EdgeConneX Plans to Add 10 Edge Data Centers in 2015 - Edge data center colocation provider EdgeConneX expects to be north of 30 data centers this year. The company currently has 20 facilities, all but two of which were added in 2014. While the expansion expectations suggest the company might be calling a few racks a data center, these are all facilities of between 15,000 and 40,000 square feet.


Data hall at the Phoenix EdgeConneX data center (Photo: EdgeConneX)

Apple Data Center Coming to Arizona - Apple will spend $2 billion to convert a former 1.3 million square foot manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, into a data center. The facility will be powered entirely by renewable energy, supplied partially by a new local solar farm, the company said.

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