Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 12

The Week in Review: Data center racks get wider and taller, Open Compute Project shakes up the server supply chain, OpenStack networking project moving ahead, no health threat from Quincy generator cluster.

Colleen Miller

May 12, 2012

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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 12
Brent Miller of ZT Systems, another Open Compute member, who builds custom data center servers, was also on hand to describe the benefits of being part of the Open Compute movement.


Brent Miller of ZT Systems, which builds custom data center servers, was among the hardware specialists who presented at the Open Compute Summit. (Photo: Colleen Miller).

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

Data Center Racks Getting Taller, Wider, Deeper - The Open Compute Project initiative to develop a wider rack for data center equipment seeks to standardize a trend that has been developing for several years. Racks have been getting taller, wider and deeper for some time, according to IMS Research. The growing adoption of non-standard racks is driven by the need to pack more servers into data center real estate, improve airflow management and fit more cabling into cabinets

Open Compute Shakes Up Server Supply Chain - There is meaningful change occurring in how servers are designed, built and sold. The disruptions in the server ecosystem were on display at last week’s Open Compute Summit in the rising profile of original design manufacturing (ODM) providers and other alternatives to working with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Dell, HP and IBM that have dominated server sales in the U.S.

Board: No Health Threat From Quincy Generators - The diesel generators at a Microsoft’s data center present no health threat to residents of Quincy, Washington, an independent board found this week, affirming a ruling by state officials. The Pollution Control Hearings Board rebuffed a challenge from a group of citizens, including former Quincy mayor Patty Martin, who claimed that the state Department of Ecology had used faulty methodology in approving the generators.

OpenStack Networking Moving Ahead - Quantum, the networking component of OpenStack, is expected to have a full roll-out in the next release, named Folsom. A greatly anticipated project, it will make networ.king software based, which is different from the existing hardware-based networking of today.

Rackspace Shares Decline on Earnings Report - Shares of Rackspace Hosting declined sharply today after the cloud computing provider’s earnings fell just short of analyst expectations. Rackspace (RAX) said its first-quarter profit rose to 17 cents per share, up from 10 cents in the year-earlier period, as revenue improved 31 percent to $301 million.

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