From natural disasters to innovative ways to cut costs, it’s been a busy month for data center news. Here, we round up the latest stories from the world of data centers.
Data Centers in Residential Developments, Recycling Heat, More
Here’s a rundown of the latest news from around the data center world.
Living Above a Data Center?
If you run a data center, it probably feels like you live at work. But what if your home was actually situated above a data center? That’s what one developer in Loudon County, Virginia hopes to make happen with a new town center that features 516 apartments, retail shops, restaurants, and, yes, a data center on the ground floor. It gives new meaning to the phrase, “mixed use development.” Learn about this planned development here.
Data That's Pure as the Driven Snow? Not Quite
We’d all like to imagine that the data sitting on servers across the world is critical information that’s transforming the way we live. That maybe the cure for cancer or the answer to life, the universe and everything is just waiting to be discovered by the next Marie Curie with a laptop and a dream. That’s not exactly the reality of the situation, however. Turns out nearly 10 percent of all data transferred across the Web is, well, pornography. In fact, it’s estimated that a single adult website streams nearly 100GB of data per second alone. Check out Data Center Dynamics’ funny take on all that dirty data here.
Equifax Breach: Assessing the Damage
As has been widely reported, the names, social security numbers and other vital information for more than 143 million American consumers was compromised in a recent data breach at credit rating provider Equifax. As you can imagine, there are a variety of costs associated with such a breach, including costs to notify potential victims, the churn of lost customers and the time it takes to identify the problem in the first place. Data Center Knowledge runs down the potential impact of this wide-scale incident here.
Recycling Heat to Lower Energy Costs
A data center planned for Stockholm, Sweden, will take advantage of the city’s central heating infrastructure to lower its power costs. The idea involves using hot aisle containment that circulates hot air through heat exchangers that will warm up water for the city’s energy system. Builders and city planners see this as a potential win-win situation that could reduce the data center’s power bill by half. Learn more here.
Big Data. Big Facility
In case you missed it, we told you earlier in the week about plans for a 1,000MW data center in the Arctic Circle. If you haven’t done so already, take a look at the plans. The design is really quite remarkable. From the air, the structure will look like a moving glacier. See the rendering here.