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    The Chilly Side of Data Centers – News of the Week, 12-16-16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Dec 16, 2016 9:06:37 AM
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    Unsplash_5aiwn2u10cw-aaron-burden_Snowflake_crop.jpgIt’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the Fiber Mountain team, between exhibiting at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference, launching a new product and announcing our new partnership with Legrand! (Check out this morning’s press release for more details.)

    After two weeks of missing the Friday roundup, however, it’s time to catch up on my favorite Data Center news! From underground lairs to vacation planning, read on for some cool stories.

    Underground Lairs Beckon Computer Data Servers 

    The Kansas City Star | Scott Canon reports on the increasing number of data centers taking advantage of the cool temperature and stable environment available underground. While the cost savings aren’t significant enough to merit new excavations, there are a surprising number of pre-existing underground facilities such as abandoned limestone mines which are now being recycled into secure data centers. As a Kansas-based writer, he also makes a point that didn’t occur to me before: underground, there’s no risk of your data center being plowed through by a tornado!

    Chilly Northern Europe a Hotspot for Data Centers – Will Canada be Next? 

    Data Center Knowledge | In this interesting piece, Dieter Will of ADVA Optical Networking discusses the Internet of Things, the advent of automated driving, and the recent trend of hyperscale data centers using colder climates to save money on cooling their equipment. What ties them all together? You’ll have to click through to get the full explanation, but here’s a hint: latency.

    Plan Hybrid IT Like You Would Plan Your Family Vacation 

    Data Center Knowledge | I’ll end this post with some warmer thoughts! As the title says, Christine Shriver of CoreSite builds a model for planning your IT infrastructure like a family vacation – whether you choose a stay on the family-owned island getaway or a hotel off the main strip, the metaphor actually holds up pretty well.

    Stay warm!

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    Topics: data center, Legrand, Gartner