Security secrets may soon be stored on swimming servers. The National Security Agency has been testing the use of immersion cooling for its massive data centers, dunking servers in tanks of a coolant fluid similar to mineral oil. The agency says the technology has the potential to slash cooling costs.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The data center industry isn’t serious enough about testing the performance and safety of new facilities, according to Chris Crosby, who says this practice will lead to problems unless it is addressed.
Crosby, the CEO of Compass Datacenters, is an ardent advocate of the importance of commissioning, the thorough testing of mission-critical systems in new data centers.
Glass Apps is the leading provider of Switchable Glass and Film , which changes from clear and opaque states on demand. For more than a decade, Glass Apps switchable glass technology has been utilized for commercial, data center, transportation, healthcare, government, and residential applications.
There are many documented instances of damage to critical electrical equipment caused by wildlife activity. For example, $300,000 of damage was caused by a squirrel to the electrical equipment at a community center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, causing a power surge that impacted the heating and air conditioning system and some parts of a boiler system.
Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitos, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.
Hosting and colocation service provider Green House Data held a grand opening for its data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Wednesday, whose entire energy consumption is offset through renewable-energy credit purchases. One-quarter of the facility’s data center floor was occupied by the day of the event, the state of Wyoming signed as its first customer.
Modern data centers are the new network battlefield, where exploding traffic demands are pushing conventional networking technologies to their absolute performance limits while cost constraints continue to escalate. Nowhere is this more true than in hyper-scale data centers; here, mobile data, video, and social media applications are driving the construction of facilities up to a million square feet or more with vast power consumption and cooling demands.
Cannon Technologies introduced the T4 Granular Modular Data Centre, the latest product in its modular data center portfolio. T4 uses components that can be manually assembled on-site without the use of a crane to solve logistical challenges.
Modular data centers are generally used for just-in-time infrastructure or for data centers in hard-to-reach places. The company says that virtually any size is possible from a few racks to a few hundred.
In preparation for the next phase of data center construction at its Reno, Nevada, campus, Apple has applied for planning permits to stand up more data center buildings there.
The company is asking for permission to build two more buildings at the site in Reno Technology Park, Reno Gazette-Journal reported, citing documents the company filed with Washoe County.
Citing growing demand for Microsoft‘s cloud services (more than 8,000 customers sign up for its Azure cloud every week), Phil Sorgen, the company’s corporate vice president for Worldwide Partner Channel, announced in a blog post that the company will bring two new Azure regions online in Virginia (US East 2) and Iowa (US Central). The additional regions will help the company respond to what it says is a need to double capacity every six to nine months.
Two weeks ago, my suggestion that we build data centers from straw was not entirely serious. But the coverage last week of Facebook’s new project in Sweden proves one thing: it actually is time we thought carefully about the buildings that house our tech.