Apple Just Spent an Incredible Amount of Money on Solar Power

$848 million. That's the amount of cash Apple is spending on what Bloomberg calls "the biggest commercial solar deal EVER." That may seem like a crap ton of money to us, it's still less than a percent of the $178 billion in cash Apple—aka the 55th richest country in the world—has on hand right now. » 2/11/15 4:15pm 2/11/15 4:15pm

How Facebook Is Hacking Together a Better Data Center 

Data centers are boring. They have to be; these are spaces of control, consistency, security. You wouldn't expect to find much creativity inside the plain facades of these highly-regulated structures—much less hacked-together experiments involving robotic Blu-ray storage systems and thousands of Mac Minis.
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Facebook's Wind-Powered Data Center Is Now Processing Your Posts

Facebook's first data center powered solely by renewable energy is now in operation in Altoona, Iowa. The center was expected to open in 2015, so it's ahead of schedule. » 11/14/14 4:01pm 11/14/14 4:01pm

Amazon's Using the Heat From Its Data Centers To Warm Its New HQ

Downtown Seattle is being slowly consumed by Amazon-funded infrastructure, thanks to the expansion of its corporate headquarters—glass domes, bike lanes, streetcar improvements. Now the company has figured out an innovative way to heat their new buildings by using the energy generated by their data centers across the… » 9/16/14 8:10pm 9/16/14 8:10pm

Why This Company Wants To Build Data Centers Next To Gas Storage Sites

The problem with data centers is excess heat. The problem with liquified natural gas terminals is excess cold. In a perfect world, one problem would neatly cancel out the other—which is exactly the world imagined by Massachusetts-based TeraCool. Coupling data with liquified gas could make a lot of energy sense. » 8/21/14 4:45pm 8/21/14 4:45pm

Inside the Giant Data Center Hidden In the Middle of Manhattan

Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centers for Telx, an internet services company. » 6/26/14 11:00am 6/26/14 11:00am

Building the Part of Facebook No One Ever Sees

Ever since we humans gave up the nomadic life and started building homes, architecture had one goal: To make life better for humans. But now, a new architecture is taking shape in remote, frozen corners of the world. And it's not designed for humans. It's for machines. In this case, for the remote machines that keep… » 6/17/14 11:20am 6/17/14 11:20am

How Much It Costs the NSA to Store an Entire Country's Phone Calls

On Monday, we learned that the NSA is recording every single phone call in the Bahamas and storing the data for a month. This news arrives just six weeks after we learned that the NSA was recording every single phone call, text, and email in Iraq. In fact, the spy agency is engaged in similar efforts in five different… » 5/20/14 10:00am 5/20/14 10:00am

Why Bitcoin Miners Are Moving to Tiny Towns in Washington State

There's not much in rural Washington, but there are lot of dams. And dams mean hydroelectric power. Following the lure of cheap electricity, Bitcoin miners and their power-hungry server farms are making out for sleepy little towns in the Pacific Northwest. » 5/14/14 4:20pm 5/14/14 4:20pm

What Do You Think Is on the Google Barge?

For almost a week now, the internet's been trawling the depths of its imagination trying to figure out what the heck Google is doing building barges. Obscure patent documents suggest they're floating data centers. Local reporters think they're clandestine Google Glass stores. But nobody really has a clue. » 10/31/13 3:10pm 10/31/13 3:10pm

An Up Close Look at the East Coast Google Mystery Barge

The Google mystery barges docked near San Francisco and Portland, Maine are getting even more mysterious. We've seen the barge and heard the arguments about what's inside. But news that the search giant is making government officials keep their mouths shut about them—that takes it to the next level. » 10/30/13 10:53am 10/30/13 10:53am

Is Google's Mysterious Barge Actually a Floating Glass Store?

After an odd but engrossing CNET story last week, everybody's wondering what the strange barge with ties to Google is doing docked near San Francisco. At first, it looked like the 250-foot-long structure was a next generation data center in-the-making, but CBS and CNET sources now say it's a floating Google Glass… » 10/28/13 12:30pm 10/28/13 12:30pm

What the Hell Is Google Building On This Massive Barge?

Cnet reports that Google is building something super secret—and super huge—on a barge that's floating in the San Francisco Bay. What the hell is this thing? » 10/25/13 5:16pm 10/25/13 5:16pm

Seattle Wants to Heat Itself Using Waste Heat From Data Centers

Seattle is considering the idea of using waste heat from data centers to heat itself, funnelling energy from gigantic server rooms into a new district heating system to keep people warm. » 10/17/13 8:58am 10/17/13 8:58am

Is the NSA's Data Center Melting Down Because It's Spying Too Much?

This is embarrassingly funny. The WSJ reports that the NSA's new Utah data center has suffered 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months because of electrical surges. The NSA is basically using so much power in its spying efforts that it is poetically killing its data centers. Seriously, the surges have destroyed hundreds… » 10/07/13 9:37pm 10/07/13 9:37pm

The Architecture Of Surveillance

This past week, major documents were leaked detailing PRISM, a top secret government program that directed tech companies to spy on Americans by turning over their data to the National Security Agency, among other branches of the Department of Homeland Security. Despite obvious threats to the right to privacy, the… » 6/11/13 12:30pm 6/11/13 12:30pm

IBM's Using Hacked Roombas To Hunt Down Datacenter Overheating

To ensure the cooling and ventilation systems in the company's datacenters are running at peak efficiency, IBM now employs autonomous temperature-monitoring robots built on the iRobot Create platform to hunt down problematic areas. » 6/04/13 10:22am 6/04/13 10:22am

Sears Plans To Retrofit 2,500 "Ghostbox" Stores As Data Centers

There are over a billion square feet of vacant commercial space in the US right now, most of it in the form of big box stores. This being America, we’ve come up with plenty of intelligent ways to reuse the department stores at which we can no longer afford to shop: Churches. Parks. Clinics. And now, data centers. » 5/29/13 4:20pm 5/29/13 4:20pm

Find Out Where That Internet On Your Computer Really Came From

The Internet is an ethereal thing. It's everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Sure, it's "on" your computer (or your phone), but it came from somewhere, and this art installation shows you where. Exactly. » 3/01/13 6:40pm 3/01/13 6:40pm

Full Virtual Access Inside Google's Secretive Data Centers

Google's thrown open the doors to its data centers, publishing a whole site dedicated to photos inside the otherwise secretive locations, adding Street View to the center in Lenoir, NC, and allowing Wired on site for a lengthy feature. » 10/17/12 9:41am 10/17/12 9:41am