Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of April 12

The Week in Review: Using boiling liquid to cool servers, preparing high schoolers to work in data centers, a modular approach to bitcoin mining, Westeros meets MineCraft at Linode, new Amazon tool provides cost clarity.

Rich Miller

April 12, 2014

2 Min Read
Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of April 12
Allied Control’s vision for what a multi-module Bitcoin mining center might look like. (Image: Allied Control)

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

New From 3M: Boiling Liquid to Cool Your Servers - Will the high-density servers of the future live in blue-lit pools of boiling liquid? Making the case for a new approach to cooling, 3M this week unveiled a proof-of-concept for its immersion cooling solution in a Minneapolis lab. Instead of racks, the ICE-X supercomputing hardware from SGI is fully immersed in a tank of Novec, a dielectric fluid from 3M.

Equipping The Next Generation of Data Center Professionals - As data centers become more complex, the task of training a new generation of professionals to staff them becomes more important. Recent news stories illustrate several initiatives in which the Internet’s largest companies are building interest in data center careers.

DataTank: Immersion Containers for Industrial Bitcoin Mining - As larger players enter the Bitcoin mining space, data center providers are customizing solutions to deliver greater density and efficiency for custom mining infrastructure. The latest example is DataTank, a new offering from Allied Control that houses ultra-high density Bitcoin hardware in immersion cooling tanks inside a data center container.

WesterosCraft: Game Of Thrones Meets Minecraft, Powered by Linode - Hundreds of open source developers are working together to build WesterosCraft, a replica of the world of Game of Thrones within Minecraft. It’s a collision of two cultural phenomenons, and it’s being hosted on virtual servers at cloud hosting firm Linode.

New Amazon Cost Explorer Gives Insight Into Cloud Spending - Amazon Web Services has introduced Cost Explorer, a tool for managing spending on its cloud computing platform. It features reporting, analytics, and visualization tools to help Amazon users track and manage their costs.

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