1. Views and Opinions on Green IT

    1. Old Energy vs. New Energy - It's already ugly by Doug Mohney

      Old Energy vs. New Energy - It's already ugly by Doug Mohney

      Battles between established interests and upstarts looking to change the face of how we generate, and more importantly to my view, manage and deliver power are taking place even as we speak. You can call it Old Energy vs. New Energy, the dawn of Energy 2.0, or whatever you want, but countries around the world large and small are going to have to work with both sides in order to get the best economic and environmental incomes. It is simplistic to call any utility generating carbon "Old Energy." Within the U.S., the 800 pound gorilla of coal is finding itself being pushed out by cheaper sourced and easier to manage natural gas. One could call natural gas "newer" energy, since it is displacing coal (for the good), but needs to be put into a fuel cell as a bridge to hydrogen to be called "new."

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    2. Shuffling the OpenStack Deck by Peter Judge

      Shuffling the OpenStack Deck by Peter Judge

      As an open source platform for building cloud infrastructure, CloudStack could be crucial to how future data centers get put together. But will it succeed? This week’s announcements - in particular the next career steps of two executives - could shed some light on that. There’s a fundamental issue with clouds, and it is to do with overlap of public and private, and closed and open. Public clouds like Amazon let you put up services on someone else’s hardware, but they can make it difficult to move them elsewhere. Private clouds, put together on your own hardware, can be more “open” but they lack the ability to scale services up onto larger public platforms.

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    3. The yin and yang of data center storage by Doug Mohney

      The yin and yang of data center storage by Doug Mohney

      Las Vegas, Nevada – As I steep myself in the latest and greatest cellular technology at CTIA this week, I realize there’s a yin and yang to data storage. But unlike the Chinese model, both yin and yang are growing. The Yin is the continuing need for more centralized data center storage. I know the future is supposed to be flash or memresisters or something else, but I suspect we’ll be looking at 16 TB to 32 TB disk drives in the not-so-distant-future. “Nobody understands the cloud” may be the truest statement ever spoken by Jason Segal, but everyone wants to store everything in “the cloud” so they can access it from anywhere, back it up in multiple locations, and not have to worry about it when local storage inevitably melts down.

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    1. Atlassian’s Stash Data Centers Brings Enterprise-Grade Git to Compute Clusters

      Atlassian’s Stash Data Centers Brings Enterprise-Grade Git to Compute Clusters

      Atlassian’s Git repository management tool Stash has destroyed scaling limitations. The new enterprise offering is called Stash Data Center, and it can now scale to tremendous heights using active-active clustering. The large Australian software company is best known for its popular project management software JIRA, but it has a number of other products and services, including Stash, the enterprise-grade distribution of Git, an open source system for code revision control and management.

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      Mentions: Microsoft Corp
    2. Waveform Adds 1MW at Detroit Data Center for Bitcoin Miners

      Waveform Adds 1MW at Detroit Data Center for Bitcoin Miners

      Michigan’s Waveform Technology has upgraded its data center in Troy (just outside of Detroit) to add 1 megawatt of capacity to serve its growing Bitcoin mining customer base. Bitcoin mining consists of specially designed servers that ‘mine’ for the virtual currency by solving complex mathematical problems. Economics of mining Bitcoin aside, it’s a new and growing segment of data center customers that is rapidly evolving.

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      Mentions: Bitcoin
    3. Compass: We’ll Build Data Center in 6 Months or Pay $100,000

      Compass: We’ll Build Data Center in 6 Months or Pay $100,000

      Exclusive: Realizing that the short time it takes to deliver one of its 1.2-megawatt facilities, Compass Datacenters will now guarantee that it will finish a data center within six months of signing, complete with Tier III and LEED Gold certification, or pay $100,000 to the customer if it fails to meet the deadline.

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    4. IBM Updates x86 Server Line Despite Sell-Off Plans

      IBM Updates x86 Server Line Despite Sell-Off Plans

      IBM launched a new line of M5 x86 servers earlier this week to support a range of enterprise workloads and computing environments. This will likely be the last series designed by IBM, as it announced at the beginning of the year that Lenovo would acquire its x86 server business for $2.3 billion, and just recently the deal was cleared by the U.S. government.

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    5. Salesforce.com heads to France with 100% green data center as part of

      Salesforce.com heads to France with 100% green data center as part of

      Salesforce.com Inc. has revealed plans to open a data center in France as part of an expansion plan that will see the launch of three European facilties by the end of 2015. The move comes as the growing number of enterprise workloads shifting to the public cloud forces CIOs to be more mindful of the legal dimension of information management, a complex topic that becomes much easier to address when everything is kept within an organization’s home jurisdiction.

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    6. Armed With 10TB Drives and 3.2TB Flash, HGST Aims to Own Data Center Storage

      Armed With 10TB Drives and 3.2TB Flash, HGST Aims to Own Data Center Storage

      HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies), a Western Digital (WDC) company announced six new data center storage infrastructure offerings, including NVMe-compliant PCIe SSDs and an extension of the use of Intel NAND Flash technology. HGST says that in response to exponential growth in storage and the need for it to be accessible, elastic and fast, the company has developed innovative methods to extract increased efficiencies, performance and reliability through advanced software and firmware that provides tight end-to-end integration of underlying device capabilities with higher level functions at the subsystem, system and application level.

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    7. DataBank Accelerates North Dallas Expansion

      DataBank Accelerates North Dallas Expansion

      DataBank has accelerated expansion plans in its Richardson, Texas, facility. It recently deployed a second 10,000-square-foot pod at the Dallas-suburb site, and several customer deployments since have the company building out a third one faster than anticipated. The 60,000-square-foot data center was commissioned in February of 2013 and features 20 megawatts configured in 2N (complete redundancy) for both utility and on-site power generation.

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    8. Salesforce to Move Into Interxion’s Paris Data Center

      Salesforce to Move Into Interxion’s Paris Data Center

      Software-as-a-Service giant Salesforce.com has chosen an Interxion data center in France to expand its European capacity. It is one of three data centers the company is opening in Europe to support its business in the region. It’s a big win for Interxion, one of Europe’s largest colocation service providers which has several data center expansions slated across its footprint.

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    9. Google's green credentials boosted with giant solar project

      Google's green credentials boosted with giant solar project

      Google has announced it is putting forward $145m to fund a new 82MW solar power plant in California, marking the IT giant's 17th investment in renewable energy projects since 2010. Related articles Google agrees green energy supply deal for US data centre Google expands renewable energy portfolio with $80m solar investment Video Shell unveils world's first football pitch to be powered by players' footsteps Obama to unveil historic climate change plan to cut US carbon pollution Coal's share of energy market at highest level since 1970 

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    10. Gartner: Nationalism Will Change Data Centre Market Dramatically By 2016

      Gartner: Nationalism Will Change Data Centre Market Dramatically By 2016

      Nationalism is one of four disruptive factors that will force dramatic changes in the data centre (DC) market by year-end 2016, according to IT research firm Gartner. Gartner said that nationalism, highly disruptive competition, big cloud provider dominance and economic warfare will occur with different intensities over different time frames. However, at least two of these factors will drive significant disruption within the next three years, and elements of all four will drive the opportunities and risks in the DC market during the next three to four years.

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    11. Intel Corporation and 2 Other Tech Stocks Bet Big on Smaller Data Centers

      Intel Corporation and 2 Other Tech Stocks Bet Big on Smaller Data Centers

      Seagate Technology and Western Digital are shipping 8-terabyte hard drives for enterprise customers. Intel wants to "accelerate data center transformation for the digital services era" with its latest server-class Xeon chips. To the layman, all of this seems silly. So, hard drives just got a bit larger. And server chips became a little faster again, probably. What's the big deal?

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