1. Views and Opinions on Green IT

    1. Gas world's heartaches and hope by Doug Mohney

      Gas world's heartaches and hope by Doug Mohney

      While solar has received the lion's share of renewable goodness over the past few years, gas world -- natural gas, methane "biogas," and hydrogen -- has languished.   Solar panel costs appear to continue on a downward path, but there's been no similar plunge in fuel cell technology.  Data centers have found some attractive bits and pieces in gas world and I'm not prepared to roll out a breakthrough in the future, but every year offers a lot of promises and turns into a Rubik's Cube problem.

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  2. News From Around The Web

    1. Report: Second Alibaba Cloud Data Center Coming to US

      Report: Second Alibaba Cloud Data Center Coming to US

      Ramping up its push into the US cloud services market, Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s cloud arm Aliyun is planning a second cloud data center on US soil. The announcement comes about four months after the company announced the launch of its first US data center in Silicon Valley. The global cloud service market is enormous and growing, and the biggest share of the revenue comes from customers in the US.

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      Mentions: Europe Intel
    2. At Facebook Data Centers, New Protocol Helps Add Servers Faster

      At Facebook Data Centers, New Protocol Helps Add Servers Faster

      Things move fast at Facebook. The company has been known to have new engineers write and deploy new features to the platform on their first day on the job. Combined with the rate of growth of its user base, this kind of application-development speed requires a level of nimbleness on the part of the social network’s infrastructure team that’s rarely seen in enterprise data centers. Shortening the speed to deploy is a constantly moving target for both software and data center capacity at Facebook.

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      Mentions: Google Facebook
    3. Arnold Schwarzenegger says global warming isn't sci-fi

      Arnold Schwarzenegger says global warming isn't sci-fi

      Technically Incorrect: The Terminator has seen sci-fi, he knows sci-fi. And global warming isn't it. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. Some people won't listen to politicians when they warn about global warming. Some won't listen to scientists either. They wouldn't listen if those scientists were cyborgs from 2029, warning them what's going to happen. But perhaps they'll listen to a politician who's also a cyborg from 2029.

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    4. IBM’s Machine Learning Tech Takes on Solar Power’s Flakiness

      IBM’s Machine Learning Tech Takes on Solar Power’s Flakiness

      Some of the biggest data center operators, companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, buy a lot of renewable energy to clean up the power supply of their cloud infrastructure. Yet, their ability to rely on wind and solar has long been limited by changing weather patterns and their effect on generation levels, putting renewables in the category of “intermittent” energy sources.

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    5. CenturyLink Expands Data Centers in Six Markets

      CenturyLink Expands Data Centers in Six Markets

      Data center service provider CenturyLink has completed data center expansion projects in six markets in the first half of the year, adding a total of 10.8 MW of power capacity to address growing demand. While the Monroe, Louisiana-based company provides a plethora of upper-layer services, from dedicated hosting to Platform-as-a-Service, its colocation customers continue to take up the bulk of the space in its 55-plus data centers in North America and Europe, Keith Bozler, senior director of colocation product management at CenturyLink, said. Decisions on where to expand are driven largely by demand patterns, Bozler explained, and the latest ...

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      Mentions: Europe CenturyLink
    6. What the New California Title 24 Requirements Mean for Your Data Center

      What the New California Title 24 Requirements Mean for Your Data Center

      The latest 2013 revision of the California Energy Code (Title 24 of the CA Code of Regulations, Part 6) contains implications for the way we cool data centers, server rooms, MDFs, IDFs, and just about every other computer room in California. These new regulations have produced a significant amount of speculation, confusion and misinformation in the marketplace as they apply to data center cooling.

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      Mentions: ASHRAE Crac CA
    7. HP Buys Wind Power for Massive Texas Data Center Cluster

      HP Buys Wind Power for Massive Texas Data Center Cluster

      HP has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with a wind-farm developer to get renewable energy for its huge Texas data center operations, the company announced Tuesday. This is HP’s first utility-scale purchase of renewable energy, which the company expects will put it ahead of schedule in meeting its carbon-reduction goals.

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    8. Cologix Raises $255M in Debt for Data Center Expansion

      Cologix Raises $255M in Debt for Data Center Expansion

      Data center service provider Cologix has secured $255 million in debt funding to pay for data center construction and acquisition. The company already has extensive footprint in North America but plans to continue data center investment. Many institutional investors have become more knowledgeable about the data center provider market in recent years, and data center investment has become more commonplace among traditional debt and private-equity financiers than it has been in the past.

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      Mentions: Digital Realty ING
    9. Firms Rethink Russian Data Center Strategy, as Data Sovereignty Law Nears Activation

      Firms Rethink Russian Data Center Strategy, as Data Sovereignty Law Nears Activation

      The Russian law that will require all personal data of Russian users to be stored in data centers within the country’s borders goes into effect in less than two months — on September 1 — and several major internet properties are working toward compliance. Others are exiting the Russian market altogether.

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    10. Structure Research Publishes Singapore Data Center Supply Report

      Structure Research Publishes Singapore Data Center Supply Report

      Structure Research, a next-generation research firm focused on the global data center, hosting and cloud infrastructure services industry, today announced the release of its Singapore Data Centre Supply Report. This 54-page report takes an in-depth look at the size, growth trajectory and supply and demand dynamics of the Singapore colocation market – from both a space and power perspective.

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