1. Views and Opinions on Green IT

    1. Data center liquid cooling could solve the drought by Wendy Schuchart

      Data center liquid cooling could solve the drought by Wendy Schuchart

      If this summer has seemed especially hard on the country, think about poor California, which is suffering from one of the worst droughts since John Steinbeck wrote about Cannery Row. The residents of California are even worried about participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge because they can’t afford to waste the fresh water. But desalination plants – which turn ocean water into drinkable fresh water – take time, and unfortunately, are energy-intensive operations. CIOs are pretty familiar with the idea of the win-win situation. Unfortunately they don’t get many win-win scenarios in the IT world. If anything, they’re just trying to escape the lose-lose scenario. However, if a new project gets approved, weirdly, CIOs could potentially help the California drought by locating their data centers on the seashore – to increase the efficiency of a proposed desalination plant.

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    2. No free lunches for green energy, data centers by Doug Mohney

      No free lunches for green energy, data centers by Doug Mohney

      Science fiction author Robert Heinlein popularized the phrase "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" -- TANSTAAFL, for short. Marketing tends to obscure the fact that there's a cost for "Free" WiFi, "Free" data plans, "Free" drinks at Vegas casinos and yes, even free cooling and energy. Two different green stories this week have costs associated with them.

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    3. Is it time to dip your toes in liquid coolant? by Peter Judge

      Is it time to dip your toes in liquid coolant? by Peter Judge

      People have been saying for some time that liquid cooling will play an increasing role in data centers. It removes heat more efficiently, and in a form where it can be re-used. In theory, quietly pumped liquid could take the place of all the large, noisy aircon systems, which make data centers the equivalent of using a giant hair dryer to keep an electric heater cool. Despite this, the actual flow of liquid into our sites is more of a trickle than a flood. What’s going on?

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  2. News From Around The Web

    1. Rackspace Expanding Data Center Capacity Globally

      Rackspace Expanding Data Center Capacity Globally

      As the cloud infrastructure services market grows, so does the amount of data center space that hosts the systems that support cloud services. While the largest cloud providers, the Amazons and Microsofts of the world, mostly build their own data centers to support their services, mid-size players rely to a large extent on wholesale data center landlords – the likes of DuPont Fabros Technology and Digital Realty Trust.

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    2. Making The Case For Energy Efficient Code

      Making The Case For Energy Efficient Code

      The current state of measuring the environmental impact of our IT infrastructure is missing a big piece of the puzzle. One of the metrics we use, power usage effectiveness (PUE), only looks at how much power entering a data center is being consumed by the computer hardware in relation to the total amount of energy the facility uses. But what about the millions of lines of code running on that hardware? How can we know if that’s energy efficient code?

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    3. Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Struggles with Service Outages Monday

      Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Struggles with Service Outages Monday

      Microsoft Azure team updated its uptime status around 3 p.m. Pacific to “Partial Service Interruption” after reporting “Full Service Interruption” in multiple regions of the cloud infrastructure earlier in the day. Issues started around 1 a.m. Monday morning, according to a post on the service health dashboard for Azure, which said a number of services on the cloud platform, including virtual machines, websites, backup and site recovery, were experiencing full service interruptions in multiple regions. 

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    4. Geodesic Dome Makes Perfect Data Center Shell in Oregon

      Geodesic Dome Makes Perfect Data Center Shell in Oregon

      Used to build everything from a planetarium in post-WWI Germany to mobile yoga studios at outdoor festivals today, the geodesic dome has proven to be a lasting concept for highly stable structures of any size. Structural stability is a valued goal in data center design, but the idea of building a data center shell using a spherical skeleton that consist of great circles intersecting to form a series of triangles – the most stable shape we know of – is novel.

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    5. CloudSigma Changes Data Center Strategy, Moves Into Three New U.S. Locations

      CloudSigma Changes Data Center Strategy, Moves Into Three New U.S. Locations

      Public cloud provider CloudSigma is expanding into California, Florida and Hawaii data centers. The company is tapping Equinix‘s SV5 facility in Silicon Valley (San Jose) and MI3 in Boca Raton. In Hawaii it is using DRFortress as the provider. San Jose and Miami are typical deals, but the Hawaii deal is different: DRFortress is selling CloudSigma’s public cloud services.

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