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. 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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    2. 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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    3. TierPoint Breaks Ground on Oklahoma Data Center

      TierPoint Breaks Ground on Oklahoma Data Center

      TierPoint broke ground on a new 69,000-square-foot data center in Oklahoma City. The new data center will be the largest of three facilities on the company’s 15-acre campus there, adding 30,000 square feet of net usable raised-floor space. Fresh off of a recapitalization deal, the company has been building out its footprint this year through acquisition and now a greenfield build. It was founded as Cequel Data Centers but took on the moniker of TierPoint following an acquisition in 2012.

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      Mentions: IBM
    4. Kara Hurst named Amazon's first sustainability executive

      Kara Hurst named Amazon's first sustainability executive

      Retailing giant Amazon has hired Kara Hartnett Hurst, CEO of The Sustainability Consortium, to be its first sustainability executive. The company, in typical closed-mouth fashion, has not announced Hurst’s hiring and declined to comment on it. Hurst, too, was mum, even declining to reveal her title, where she’ll be reporting, or what her mandate will be at the retailer.

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    5. Cooling and Powering Florida Poly’s New Supercomputer

      Cooling and Powering Florida Poly’s New Supercomputer

      As the new futuristic campus of Florida Polytechnic University prepares to welcome its first 500-student class later this month, the university, together with IBM, announced installation of an IBM supercomputer in the building. The school will teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the supercomputer will support its cybersecurity, Big Data and analytics, cloud and virtualization programs.

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