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. Avoid the “Cookie-Cutter” Data Center Services Mistake

      Avoid the “Cookie-Cutter” Data Center Services Mistake

      Part of planning any data center is establishing a baseline of operations for both today and tomorrow. Too often organizations find an attractive package without realizing the repercussions of that solution in the future. Contract or vendor lock-in can be a serious impediment to growth. This is why establishing a good IT plan and knowing the capabilities of a provider are vital to the success of the data center environment. Data center scalability is one of the primary concerns for DC operators.

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    2. Report: Tata Mulling Sale of Global Data Center Business

      Report: Tata Mulling Sale of Global Data Center Business

      Indian telecommunications giant Tata Communications may be considering a sale of its massive global data center business. While it isn’t as widely known as western data center giants like Equinix or Interxion, Tata is one of the world’s largest data center providers. The company operates more than 1 million square feet of data center space in more than 40 locations around the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

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    3. Telx Joins Group Building US-Asia Submarine Cable System

      Telx Joins Group Building US-Asia Submarine Cable System

      Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.

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    4. Bloomberg Data Centers: Where the “Go”s Go

      Bloomberg Data Centers: Where the “Go”s Go

      The kind of resiliency test Hurricane Sandy forced on Bloomberg’s Manhattan data center is not a test John O’Connor wants to go through again. As the storm surge in New York City in late October 2012 was flooding the streets of lower Manhattan, water level in the facility’s basement reached 18 inches at one point.

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    5. Cloud, Colocation And The Transforming Data Center: What You Need To Know

      Cloud, Colocation And The Transforming Data Center: What You Need To Know

      Manage your own data center or outsource it? That’s the question facing many companies as tech infrastructure begins to age. Answering this question hinges on what’s more desirable financially: monthly fees involved with hosting everything on cloud services and colocation data centers, or capital expenditures involved with either upgrading or replacing an aging in-house data center.

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    6. Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of July 24th

      Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of July 24th

      We present a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. CenturyLink Completes Data Center Expansion in Six Markets – 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 Samsung Launches Next-Gen Data Center SSD Line – Thanks to Samsung’s 3-bit V-NAND technology the new data center SSDs are able to achieve impressive densities in the 2.5-inch form factor. Russian Data ...

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    7. Comcast Connects Businesses to Underground Data Center Storage

      Comcast Connects Businesses to Underground Data Center Storage

      Imagine the confidence of storing sensitive data in an off-site maximum-security vault carved into a solid granite mountain. Now, add a private, high-performance fiber network that allows you to send digital back-up, disaster recovery and archival data — up to 10 Gbps — and you just might think you’ve died and gone to secure-storage heaven. This isn’t some data center manager’s pipe dream.

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    8. Equinix Buys Land to Expand in Tight Silicon Valley Data Center Market

      Equinix Buys Land to Expand in Tight Silicon Valley Data Center Market

      In most markets, cost of land is a minor consideration for data center construction. It’s things like proximity to customers, cost of power, fiber infrastructure, and availability of tax incentives that really drive the decision making. But in Silicon Valley, with its skyrocketing real estate prices, land is a much bigger factor. And that’s why Equinix, the global data center services giant based in the Valley, recently made a sizable land acquisition in south San Jose.

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    9. DCIM Meets ITSM to Close the Gap Between IT and Facilities

      DCIM Meets ITSM to Close the Gap Between IT and Facilities

      Facilities and IT are converging, driven by the desire for a more holistic picture that shows how IT and the data center facility are interrelated, and at the core of it all is the desire to understand what it costs to deliver a service. To this end, two well-known acronyms in the data center industry are converging: DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) and ITSM (IT Service Management).

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    10. 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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