The Top 10 Data Center Stories for July 2021

A former data center being marketed on Zillow as “the ultimate safe house?” There’s something you don’t see every day. The internet loves novelty, and this unusual real estate story wound up being the most popular story for readers during July 2021.

The quest to “cloudify” colocation and interconnection services was the other hot topic, especially a profile of Equinix and its growing ambitions in programmable infrastructure, and DCF coverage of similar initiatives at Digital Realty and Evoque also made our top 10 for last month. Other stories of interest featured the effort to develop alternatives to diesel fuel for backup power generation, data center water usage amid heat and drought in the Western U.S., and the growing stream of data traveling from space to the cloud.


Here are the 10 most popular stories on Data Center Frontier in July 2021, in order of article views:

Education is part of our mission at Data Center Frontier. In our Voices of the Industry feature, we share the experience of data center executives on the front lines of innovation. Here’s a look at the most popular Voices columns for DCF readers last month:

  • Real-Time Data Demands The Edge (Flexential): There are approximately 10 billion IoT devices in the world, and that number is expected to hit 75 billion by 2025. With so many connected devices, it is no wonder the amount of data created each day continues to spike upward. Jason Carolan, Chief Innovation Officer at Flexential, explores the importance of the edge when it comes to real-time data processing.
  • Why Chicago is a GeoStrategic Destination for Data Center Investment (Aligned): Chicago has long served as a major infrastructure hub for the nation’s commerce, whether goods and services were conveyed by rail, road, air, or data packet. Eric Jacobs, CRO of Aligned, discusses the factors that make Chicago a prime location for data center investment.
  • Welcome to the Mobile Edge: A Look at the Edger from the Perspective of Network Providers (DataBank): s the promise of 5G and edge computing becomes more and more real, network service providers need to move away from traditional, centralized compute infrastructure and embrace a more specialized, decentralized model. Raul Martynek, CEO at DataBank, examines how wireless edge computing will help network service providers capitalize on 5G opportunities.

Be sure to check out all of our Voices columns, including insights from Nortek Data Center Cooling, Data Aire, phoenixNAP Global IT Services and Vertiv ,

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