Kiran Bhageshpur

Stealthy data center infrastructure startup Igneous Systems raises $23.6M series A from NEA, Madrona and others

Igneous Systems has been operating in stealth mode since the company was formed with a $3 million seed round last fall. And not much is going to change now that a huge $23.6 million series A financing has arrived from New Enterprise Associates, Madrona Venture Group, Redpoint Ventures and Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel — a round… Read More

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Microsoft to open $1.1 billion ‘Project Alluvion’ data center in Iowa

Microsoft is the company behind a $1.13 billion data center known as “Project Alluvion,” taking shape in West Des Moines, Iowa. The Quad City Times and The Des Moines Register report that construction will begin this Spring, with the announcement made Friday by Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa economic development officials. “It’s now official, Microsoft is the… Read More


Seattle data center operator AdHost acquired by Cequel

AdHost, one of Seattle’s better known data center operators, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by TierPoint Seattle Holdings, a subsidiary of Cequel Data Centers. Cequel operates about 100,000 square feet of data center space through Colo4, Perimeter Technology and TierPoint. “We believe this will be a great next step for our… Read More


Apple investing $250 million in central Oregon data center

The Pacific Northwest data center boom continues, with The Oregonian’s Mike Rogoway reporting last week that Apple has struck a deal to invest $250 million and employ at least 35 people at a new data center in Prineville, Oregon. That town may sound familiar to those close watchers of data center news, since Prineville also… Read More

The former Airborne Express building at 3101 Western Avenue

New datacenter coming to the old Isilon building

Digital Fortress plans to open a new 25,000 square foot data center just north of downtown Seattle this July, adding to a facility that the newly-formed company operates at the Intergate West campus south of Seattle. The building — located at 3101 Western Avenue — will certainly be recognizable to Seattle area techies. That’s because… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Ex-Amazon and Boeing data center experts launch Vizualiiz

Craig Kelly and Bob Cartwright have worked in the data center business for years, with Kelly spending more than a decade at and Cartwright holding industrial and systems engineering positions at Boeing. Now, the entrepreneurs are taking the wraps off their new company, Vizualiiz, which promises to make data center management faster, easier and more… Read More

Facebook's data center in Prineville, Oregon

Data furnaces: The next big thing in home heating?

Data centers produce massive amounts of heat, so much so that companies like Facebook have gone to extreme lengths to develop innovative cooling systems to make sure that servers don’t overheat. But what if you could turn the excess heat from data centers into a home heating solution? Researchers at Microsoft and The University of… Read More

Fisher Plaza

Fisher sells Seattle HQ, data center for $160 million

Hines Global REIT Inc. is paying $160 million to buy Fisher Plaza, a purchase that includes the headquarters building and data center operation of Fisher Communications. In a press release, executives at Hines pointed specifically to the data center as a reason for its interest in the 300,000 square-foot facility, located in the shadow of… Read More


Facebook’s environmentally-friendly data center features high-tech cooling system

Facebook today announced that its Prineville data center in Oregon has received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, with the company noting that the facility (which recaptures 100 percent of rainwater, includes a solar array and uses cool air from outside the building to reduce heat) uses 38 percent less energy than comparable… Read More


Video: Facebook’s ultra-efficient server, a guided tour

I’ve been spending the afternoon at the SC11 supercomputer conference, taking place this week in Seattle, where one of the more unexpected companies on the show floor is Facebook. Actually, it won’t be a surprise if you’re familiar with the Open Compute Project, an open-source-style project that started with the social network’s efforts to share… Read More


New $60 million data center slated for downtown Seattle

Citing Seattle as a communications hub and an important portal to Asia, Redwood City, California-based Equinix announced today that it plans to build a new $60 million data center in the heart of the city. The new 51,000 square foot International Business Exchange facility, slated to open in 2013, will be adjacent to Equinix’s existing SE2 data… Read More


Sabey, Dell push ahead with massive data centers in Quincy

The tiny town of Quincy, Washington continues to transform from agriculture to data centers.  And two large facilities, housing the computer servers that power much of the Internet economy, continue to move forward. Sabey, the Seattle real estate development firm, and Dell, the giant computer manufacturer, have both won approval from the Washington Department of… Read More


How the cool night air of the desert led Facebook to Prineville, Oregon

For the longest time, I assumed that Facebook chose Prineville, Oregon for its new data center because of hydroelectric power. After all, Google, Microsoft, Dell, Intuit and others established massive data centers in the region because of cheap electricity derived from the Columbia River. But The Economist interestingly points out that Prineville — located in… Read More

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Data centers aren’t sucking as much electricity as predicted

Massive data centers — many of which dot the Columbia River basin in Washington and Oregon — have historically been described as electricity-sucking power hogs.  But a new report from a Stanford University professor shows that electricity used to power data centers actually slowed significantly between 2005 and 2010. “This slowing was the result of… Read More


Facebook to expand data center operations in central Oregon

Yesterday, we told you about Facebook’s desires to find more office space in downtown Seattle. But that’s not the social networking giant’s only expansion effort in the Pacific Northwest. The company also just announced that it plans to begin construction this October on the second phase of a new data center campus in Prineville, Oregon…. Read More

Kevin Timmons

Microsoft data center GM leaves, reportedly for Apple

The general manager in charge of Microsoft’s data center operations, Kevin Timmons, has left the company for a job at Apple, according to reports by Data Center Knowledge and the Green Data Center Blog. Timmons joined Microsoft two years ago from Yahoo. His hiring by Apple underscores the rising importance of data centers to the… Read More

Facebook 'Open Compute' triplet server racks

Facebook shakes things up, shares data center secrets

Facebook today took the unusual step of starting to share with the world the techniques it has developed to make its data center in Prineville, Ore., dramatically more power-efficient and cost effective to operate. The company explains its mission on its new Open Compute Project site. Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, said during an event… Read More

McNary, site of one of Amazon's data center projects

Amazon expanding data center operations in Oregon

Cheap hydroelectric power continues to entice big technology companies to the Columbia River towns of the Pacific Northwest. — operating through its Vadata data center unit — is reportedly working on three facilities in Oregon near the towns of Boardman and McNary. The Boardman facility has been in development for three years, but Data… Read More


Why Microsoft is paying $7.5M for 600,000 IP addresses

Microsoft is dropping more than a few jaws with the news that it’s spending $7.5 million to acquire 666,624 IP addresses, the behind-the-scenes routing numbers associated with specific devices connected to the Internet. The deal emerged from Nortel Networks’ bankruptcy proceedings. Here’s the word from Dayne Sampson, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Global Foundation… Read More