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Microsoft uses fish cams to monitor undersea Project Natick data center

Microsoft adds two undersea cameras to help monitor environmental conditions around its Project Natick data center. The information collected will help Microsoft evaluate plans to build more undersea data centers in the future.

Intel’s ruler-shaped SSD packs 32TB of storage, aims to redesign servers

Intel now provides what it deems as the world’s densest and totally silent solid-state drive, but you’ll never install it in your desktop PC. Instead, it resembles an old ruler bringing speedy 32TB of storage to data centers.

Microsoft dumps a 40-foot data center to the ocean floor off Scotland’s coast

Microsoft's Project Natick enters phase two by dropping a 40-foot prototype data center 117 feet below the ocean surface near Scotland's Orkney Islands. It contains 12 racks playing host to 864 servers and their associated cooling.

Seagate speeds up data access on its hard drives, but they won’t match SSDs

Seagate wants to speed up hard drive access in the data center with its new multi-actuator technology. These drives will have two sets of readers that rely on the same pivot point, thus data is written in two short waves.

Are enterprise hard drives more reliable than mainstream models? Report says no

A recent study issued by cloud service provider Backblaze reports that hard drives built for data centers aren't more reliable than models sold on the mainstream desktop market. The company compared two 8TB drives from Seagate.

Microsoft wants your cloud storage to sleep with the fishes, literally

As part of Microsoft's plan to toss your data -- and its data centers -- into the sea, a recent patent filing illustrates just how the Redmond, Washington, company would keep your data safe in underwater data centers.

Intel Optane-branded solid-state drive for data centers spotted in leaked specs

A recent leak reveals the specs of an Intel Optane-branded P4800X Series SSD, destined for data centers with a 375GB capacity. It will have a read speed of up to 2,400MB per second and a write speed of up to 2,000MB per second.
Emerging Tech

Scandinavian cool: Inside Facebook’s Arctic data center

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared the first detailed look inside the firm's Lulea data center, located just 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The massive facility is the size of six football fields.

Google goes greener than ever with new promises for zero-waste data centers

On Wednesday, Google announced a new commitment to achieving "zero waste in all [its] data centers globally," something the company calls "an ambitious goal and just the kind of challenge that excites us."

Facebook tests its apps in a data center that houses 2,000 smartphones

Facebook's latest data center isn't like the others -- instead it's designed specifically for app testing, housing a hefty 2,000 smartphones, many of which are actually somewhat outdated.

LinkedIn splashes $59 million on its first international data center in Singapore

LinkedIn has opened its first data center outside of the U.S. The social network has chosen Singapore as the location for the $58 million facility, in the hopes that it will help it to capitalize upon its growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

Want to visit Google's data center in Oregon? Just pick up the nearest Google Cardboard

Google launched a massive data center in The Dalles, Oregon, back in 2006. Many Google employees aren't allowed into the facility, but now anyone can take virtual tour thanks to a 360-degree video upload to YouTube. Viewers can even use…

AMD still thinks more cores are better cores, plans up to 32 in Zen processors

A speaker at a CERN event included a slide in their presentation that confirms some interesting rumors around the upcoming Zen Architecture, but how many of them will actually make it into PCs?

Russia plans to build its largest data center on top of a nuclear power plant

While most of the world still balks at the notion of using nuclear energy to power large-scale enterprises, Russia recently announced plans to build what could be its largest data center right on top of the Kalinin nuclear power plant.

Microsoft builds two U.K. data centers to keep data within Europe

Several weeks after Safe Harbor was struck down, Microsoft has announced that it will be opening two new data centers in the U.K. as well as expanding two other facilities in Europe.

Lightning strikes twice, twice — and Google Compute Engine loses data

Google has released an incident report detailing data loss suffered at a facility in Belgium following four successive lightning strikes to the local power grid.

Data frazzled at Google center after lightning strikes it four times

Data centers are springing up around the world these days as tech firms invest huge amounts of money in cloud technology. But as Google found out recently, there's still much work to be done on protecting the centers against lightning…

Google is saving the environment, one renovated coal plant at a time

In the ultimate victory for environmental activists, Google is planning to spend $600 million on a server farm that will span 350 acres of land near Chattanooga, Alabama and will ultimately be 100 percent powered by green energy.