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For years I have been a prolific photographer of Data Centres all over the world. I have hundreds of images, some brilliant, some out of focus and under-exposed, (I am a data centre guy, not  a professional photographer).  I thought that I might publish some of the better ones with a bit of narrative about […]

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NGD and BT announced this week that BT has agreed to take 380 racks at NGD Europe, Next Generation Data Limited’s newly-launched 75,000 square metres facility near Newport in Gwent. Rollout began in August and will be ready for customer use by February 2010. This is one of the first large Data Center deals in […]

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Next Generation Data have started to fill up their massive 180MVA data centre site at Newport Gwent and are celebrating with a new website. NGD 1 is offering large scale space only contracts and managed service options for the small to medium business. The massive site has a space allocation of 75,000 SQ metres arranged […]

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I am on the West Coast of the US this week visiting with NetApp in Sunnyvale again. On this trip I had the opportunity to visit a couple of NetApp’s internal data centers (B11 and the impressive B2 sites) with Cesar Orosco, NetApp on NetApp IT Architect. Cesar is charged with using NetApp technology in […]

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Fujitsu just announced a new blade server system using a custom designed motherboard optimized for the form factor of the chassis so that they have been able to fit 18 blades with two CPUs each into a compact 10U package. This contrasts with the rather weak Cisco design that manages to fit all of 6 […]

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Interxion, a European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, announced today that the first 1,200 m2 of its new 7,000 m2 Amsterdam data centre—its fifth Amsterdam-area centre—is now operational. 70% of the first phase has been pre-sold to online retail, finance, and ICT customers. Growing customer demand has accelerated the construction of an additional 1,100 m2 […]

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The Pionen White Mountains underground data center has fog, waterfalls, German submarine engines, simulated daylight and …. ……  was also designed to withstand a near hit from a Soviet nuclear weapon. It  is not a joke, this is a serious and real data center, a newly opened high-security site run by Banhof, one of Sweden’s largest ISPs, […]

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An ambitious project is under way in Newport Gwent, to build one of the most advanced and secure data centres in Europe. Next Generation Data (NGD) is investing £200 million ($346 million) to modify a 750,000 square-foot (69,677 square meters) factory built by the Korean firm, LG more than a decade ago near Newport, Wales, […]

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I read a very interesting article from fellow blogger Christian Belady, who is Principal Power and Cooling Architect at Microsoft. Christian decided to take the PUE challenge and see if he could build a data center with a PUE of one! That is to have all of the power delivered to computing equipment and none […]

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I wrote about Elean Park Data Center some time ago on The Hot Aisle where we looked at the use of absorption chillers that use the waste heat from a biomass power station and gas generation plant on site to drive them. Howard Phelby of 5 nines kindly sent me the attached diagram that shows […]

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When was the last time you saw a Data Center press release that didn’t make some green or energy efficiency claim? I guess because data centers are such huge energy hogs vendors must worry that building a new one will raise the hackles of the environmentalists. Nevertheless PR agencies should really stop dressing up stories […]

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The Hot Aisle reader, Mark Hatton of Trapdoor dropped me a mail a few days ago about a company based in Las Vegas called Switch Communications and the CEO, Rob Roy was making a lot of claims about how good their proposed new data center was. You can read the original article in The Register. […]

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