Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 24th

The Week in Review: NxGen makes waves in modular market, impact of warmer hot aisles on data center staff, Bloom Energy sharpens focus on data centers, Vivek Kundra keynotes at AFCOM Data Center World.

Colleen Miller

March 25, 2012

2 Min Read
Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 24th


A look at the aisle containment systems in the NxCenter modular data center system from NxGen. (Photo: NxGen).

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

NxGen Making Waves in the Modular Market - When you think of cloud builders, NxGen Modular probably doesn’t immediately spring to mind. The company may not be a household name, but it’s busy building the data centers that will power two of the world’s largest cloud computing operations. In keeping with its name, NxGen has developed next-generation modular designs, with pre-fabricated components that can be assembled into a complete data center.

Too Hot for Humans, But Google Servers Keep Humming - Raising the temperature in server racks can make a data center more efficient. But what happens if the room gets too hot for people? If you’re Google, the servers keep humming along while the humans retreat to climate-controlled sections of the building. That’s what’s been happening at Google’s data center in Belgium, which was the company’s first facility to rely entirely upon fresh air for cooling, instead of energy-hungry chillers.

Bloom Energy Sharpens Focus on Data Centers - Peter Gross envisions a future with a Bloom box in your data center. Two years after unveiling its fuel cell technology, Bloom Energy is focusing on the data center sector, and last week hired industry veteran Gross to head its new Mission Critical Practice. “I think Bloom has the potential to have a transformational impact in the mission-critical space,” said Gross. “I see these as the next frontier.”

Kundra: Data Centers are the Digital Fuel Powering the Economy - The information revolution is changing our society and economy, according to former federal CIO Vivek Kundra. And data center managers are on the front lines of that revolution. “The work you do on a daily basis will have a huge impact on IT,” Kundra said Tuesday in his keynote address at the AFCOM Data Center World conference.

Submerged Supermicro Servers Accelerated by GPUs - Supermicro and Green Revolution Cooling have teamed with an energy research company to create a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster featuring servers that are accelerated by GPUs and immersed in a liquid cooling solution.

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