1. Views and Opinions on Green IT

    1. Is Rackspace knuckling under to AWS? by Peter Judge

      Is Rackspace knuckling under to AWS? by Peter Judge

      A week or two back the news that Netflix is closing down its data centers was a further sign of triumph for Amazon’s AWS public cloud. Now, is Rackspace also bowing to the inevitable? That’s certainly one way to read the announcement that Rackspace will be offering its “managed cloud” support for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Of course, the word “announcement” is overstating things here. Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes made the promise in an earnings call, with no press release, no delivery date and, as yet, no details. All we know is, this will happen before the end of the year.

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    2. Jimmy Carter, politics, economics, and green energy by Doug Mohney

      Jimmy Carter, politics, economics, and green energy by Doug Mohney

      President Obama wants to start an ideological war over green energy just in time for the 2016 presidential race while oil continues its plunge downward, hitting six year lows as of yesterday at $42 to $38 a barrel.  In the end, economics should beat politics on all sides. Consider the fate of the last hard core environmentalist/energy president.  Jimmy Carter, a U.S. Navy-trained nuclear engineer, rolled out his energy policy back in 1977.  His speech, which can be found on PBS's website, is almost tragicomic when read today.

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    3. Is tape more reliable - and greener? by Peter Judge

      Is tape more reliable - and greener? by Peter Judge

      When Google had some trouble with lost data, we very quickly heard from people with ideas for how the firm could have made its data more reliable. They also promised green benefits. It started when a Google data center suffered four lightning strikes to its power systems. This might seem unlikely, but “lightning never strikes twice” is just a myth. Repeated strikes during one storm aren’t that unusual - but it is probably fair to say this incident went beyond the normal design parameters of the data center - which appears to be Google’s St Ghislain facility in Belgium.

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  2. News From Around The Web

    1. Expert Interview with Jorge Balcells on Green Data

      Expert Interview with Jorge Balcells on Green Data

      Where do Cloud Computing and Green IT intersect? We recently asked Jorge L. Balcells, Director of Technical Services for Verne Global. The data center, he says. “Quite simply, the data center is at the heart of the Cloud,” Jorge told us. “Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability go hand in hand with modern data centers and the cloud computing infrastructure.”

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    2. Data center in Springfield Underground to expand

      Data center in Springfield Underground to expand

      Columbia-based telecommunications company Bluebird Network plans to more than double the size of its data center in Springfield Underground. Between now and mid-2017, three construction phases will add 16,000 square feet of raised floor to the Bluebird Underground facility, according to the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. The data center is currently 13,500 square feet, and was previously operated by City Utilities; Bluebird acquired the facility in December for $8.4 million.

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    3. Protecting Power in the Data Center

      Protecting Power in the Data Center

      The modern data center is changing rapidly due to the emergence of the Internet of Things and related fundamental and structural changes in telecommunications and IT. However, the ability to monitor and manage the power infrastructure running mission-critical and other systems is not as comprehensive as it should be, according to IoT Evolution. No single solution oversees uninterruptible power systems (UPS), power distribution units (PDUs) and other systems.

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    4. Growing Data Center Investment in Green Power and Innovative Cooling Technologies

      Growing Data Center Investment in Green Power and Innovative Cooling Technologies

      With Nordic countries having swiftly established themselves as ideal locations for Data Center investment, green power, and innovative cooling technologies, a network of new, efficient, and agile data centers have been constructed from Reykjavik to Helsinki, and the North Poe to Viborg. Considerable projects by major corporations such as Facebook, Apple, IBM, Google, Yandex, and Bitcoin have highlighted the significant opportunities for outsourcing and investment in the area.

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  4. Organizations in the News

    1. (25 articles) Data Center Knowledge
    2. (16 articles) Google
    3. (13 articles) Facebook
    4. (9 articles) Amazon.com
    5. (7 articles) Apple
    6. (6 articles) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  5. Countries in the News

    1. (9 articles) Europe
    2. (2 articles) Norway
    3. (2 articles) Iceland
  6. People in the News

    1. (4 articles) Barack Obama
    2. (1 articles) Mark Zuckerberg
    3. (1 articles) Tate Cantrell
    4. (1 articles) George W. Bush
    5. (1 articles) John Kerry
    6. (1 articles) Steve Jobs
  7. About the Editor

    Lisa Rhodes is Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Verne Global. Lisa is responsible for all aspects of customer interaction, marketing, and public relations. Over the past twenty years, she has held senior sales and operations roles in several global information and communications companies.