Top 10 Data Center Stories of the Month: July

To help you keep abreast of the latest developments in the data center industry, here are July's top 10 stories from Data Center Knowledge

Data Center Knowledge

August 10, 2016

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Cable trays inside an Equinix data center.Equinix

To help you keep abreast of the latest developments in the data center industry, here are July's top 10 stories from Data Center Knowledge:

Equinix Data Center Outage in London Blamed on Faulty UPS - Studies show that UPS failure is the most common cause of data center outages.

Google Devs Get to Run Google Infrastructure for Six Months - If you’re a Google software developer working on the company’s products, the company not only wants you to know how its global-scale infrastructure operates, it wants you to run that infrastructure yourself.

Singapore Data Center Startup to Challenge Asia Pacific Players - Asia Pacific as a whole is viewed as a major growth market for cloud services. As such, it is also a major growth market for data center service providers, who give cloud companies based overseas a lower-risk way to get started in new markets than building their own data centers.


A view of the Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore River. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Here’s How Much Water All US Data Centers Consume - Like energy, growth in data center water consumption in the US has slowed down since about a decade ago. A recent US government study for the first time made an attempt to quantify water consumption of all data centers in the country.

Performance Indicator, Green Grid’s New Data Center Metric, Explained - Performance Indicator builds on PUE, using a version of it, but also adds two other dimensions to infrastructure efficiency, measuring how well a data center’s cooling system does its job under normal circumstances and how well it is designed to withstand failure.

Former DuPont Fabros CEO Fateh Starts New Data Center Company - CloudHQ is described as a company that leases data center space. Like DFT, it says it builds data centers at “massive scale.”

How to Choose a Colocation Data Center Provider - Once a company decides to make the move to a colo, it takes a lot of careful planning to ensure the right strategy is selected for the business. To determine the best approach for their corporate needs and objectives, companies should take five key considerations into account.

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI - In recent months, the Alphabet unit put a DeepMind AI system in control of parts of its data centers to reduce power consumption by manipulating computer servers and related equipment like cooling systems.


Chillers and cooling towers of the Google data center campus in St. Ghislain, Belgium (Photo: Google)

New Microsoft Data Center in Iowa Will Be 1.7M Square Feet - The company expects to spend between $1.5 billion and $2 billion on the latest Iowa project, generating, at a minimum, $307 million worth of tax revenue for the city and bringing Microsoft’s total investment there to nearly $3.5 billion.

Another Huge Quarter for Data Center REITs: What’s Next? - While it would seem unlikely for data centers to be able to top first quarter’s performance, the second quarter proved to be even stronger, with an average gain for the data center sector of about 50 percent through June 30, 2016.

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