Top 10 Data Center Stories of the Month: June 2017

Here are the 10 most popular stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this month.

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Top 10 Data Center Stories of the Month: June 2017
Switch’s Las Vegas 10 data center (Photo: Switch)

Here are the 10 most popular stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this month:

Switch Backs Away from Uptime’s Tiers, Pushes Own Data Center Standard - The company is proposing a new standard it calls Tier 5, which includes data center design elements other rating systems cover, as well as elements it says they lack.

British Airways: Engineer Wrongly Disconnected Data Center Power Supply - An engineer had disconnected a power supply at a data center near London’s Heathrow airport, causing a surge that resulted in major damage when it was reconnected, Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of parent IAG SA, told reporters in Mexico.

Playboy’s First Data Center, or Birth of the Internet Colo - The debut episode of The Data Center Podcast, featuring Peter Ferris, one of the data center colocation industry's forefathers.

Switch’s Las Vegas Data Center Stronghold Reaches North of 2 Million Square Feet - Switch has officially launched the latest massive facility on its homebase Las Vegas data center campus, bringing its total capacity in Sin City to more than 2 million square feet and about 315MW.


Switch's Las Vegas 10 data center (Photo: Switch)

Most Data Center Outages aren’t Caused by Tech Failure - Many critical industries such as nuclear energy, commercial and military airlines—even drivers’ education—invest significant time and resources to developing processes. The data center industry … not so much.

DuPont Fabros Deal Gives Digital Realty More Firepower in the War for Cloud Deals - Acquiring DuPont Fabros Technology significantly expands Digital Realty Trust’s play in key existing and emerging North American data center markets — especially its ability to win large, multi-megawatt deals with hyper-scale cloud platforms — but it also ensures one of the several well-financed new players doesn’t acquire DuPont Fabros and turn its strong position in the top metros against Digital.


At nearly 450,000 square feet, ACC7 in Ashburn, VA is the largest data center in DuPont Fabros Technology's portfolio. (Photo: DFT)

DCK Investor Edge: Digital Realty Signs Biggest Hyper-Scale Deal After All - If there were any lingering questions regarding a “new normal” for wholesale data center leasing, Digital Realty’s acquisition of DuPont Fabros put them to rest. Super-wholesale is now officially an asset class of its own.

TierPoint Now Has a Huge Rival in Secondary Markets - If and when it closes, the $1.67 billion deal to take Denver-based ViaWest off the balance sheet of its current owner, the Canadian telco Shaw Communications, will not only give Peak 10 nation-wide reach, it will make it one of the two biggest player in so-called tier-two US data center markets.

HPE’s Gen10 Servers Will Have Security Drilled into Silicon - The security feature works at the firmware level, utilizing custom HPE silicon.


HPEs iLO firmware chip. Photo: HPE

Microsoft Joins Hot Open Source PaaS Project Cloud Foundry - Several years ago, news of Redmond shelling out bucks to become a card carrying member of an open source project would’ve been heresy. Then came cloud.

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