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    1. Breakthrough (maybe) in better batteries by Doug Mohney

      Breakthrough (maybe) in better batteries by Doug Mohney

      A123 Systems is bragging about its new lithium ion battery technology.  Its Nanophosphate EXT (TM) lithium iron phosphate battery is capable of operating at extreme temperatures without requiring heating or cooling systems, making it ideal for transportation and telecommunications applications. But you have to read further and between the lines to get the longer-term impact. According to A123, Nanophosphate EXT will deliver high power, energy and cycle life capabilities over a much wider temperature range.  More specifically, the new tech has been tested by Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research.   CAR says cells built with Nanophosphate EXT are expected to be capable of retaining more than 90 percent of initial capacity after 2,000 full-discharge cycles at 45 degrees Celsius -- that's about 113 degrees Fahrenheit.  Intel and others have studied high-temperature operations for data centers, moving up from the stock industry standard 18-21 degrees Celsius to temperatures ...

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    2. HP brings Aurora data center online in Sydney

      HP brings Aurora data center online in Sydney

      HP completed Aurora, its latest outsourcing and cloud-services data center in Sydney to serve businesses and government agencies in the region, the company announced Wednesday. HP is one of the world’s largest IT-services outsourcers with data centers serving clients around the globe. In addition to traditional data center outsourcing, the company has been ramping up its cloud-services play, and new capacity in Sydney will help it further its cloud strategy.

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      Mentions: Amazon.com
    3. ASHRAE Predicts Datacom Equipment Power Trends in New Book

      Datacom technology has short product cycles and frequent equipment updates. In contrast, datacom facilities and their HVAC systems typically have long life cycles. This mismatch of cycles means that a datacom facility’s design must be flexible enough to respond quickly to the changing needs of datacom equipment. Based on the latest information from the leading datacom equipment manufacturers, the newly published second edition of ASHRAE’s Datacom Equipment Power Trends and Cooling Applications provides new and expanded datacom equipment power trend charts to allow datacom facility designers to more accurately predict future datacom equipment loads of facilities and provides ways of applying the trend information to datacom facility designs today. Trends for individual components supplement the previous trend information, providing an understanding of the forces driving overall information technology equipment (ITE) power consumption.

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    4. DataBank to Lease Dallas Site From Digital Realty

      DataBank to Lease Dallas Site From Digital Realty

      Back in March we reported that DataBank was expanding with a new data center in north Dallas. Today the company released additional details for the facility, which will be housed in a stand-alone facility at Digital Realty’s Datacenter Park Dallas campus in Richardson that will accommodate up to 60,000 square feet of technical space. The new facility expands Databank’s presence in the Dallas market, where the company operates more than 140,000 square feet of space in a former Federal Reserve Bank facility in downtown Dallas. The north Dallas facility will be converted into build-to-suit data halls (“pods”) in a multi-phase construction process. The first of the four planned 10,000 square foot pod will be available to customers in the fourth quarter of this year. Facility specifications include dual 10MW utility feeds, a custom high density power delivery architecture, and access to top network providers.

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      Mentions: Digital Realty
    5. Efficiency Key to Meet Data Center Power Demand

      Efficiency Key to Meet Data Center Power Demand

      The growth in electricity demand from the big computer data centers that store your Facebook posts and help you search the Internet with Google or utilize Apple’s “cloud” storage is growing as anticipated in the Northwest, according to an analysis issued Wednesday by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. The amount of data these centers handle is growing at an explosive rate, making it imperative that data centers continue to improve their energy efficiency to keep power demand from exploding, as well.

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      Mentions: Apple Google Facebook
    6. Data center, meet the smart grid

      Data center, meet the smart grid

      If one looked back at the last sixty years and told a story about the electrical grid, it would be a tale of monumental growth as electricity use in the U.S. is about 13 times what it was in the 1950s. Americans now consume about 20 percent of all energy worldwide. But in the last decade that growth has slowed to just under one percent per year. The story of the next sixty years will be less about demand growth, but about creating a stable grid in a world of increasing amounts of renewable energy.

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      Mentions: Apple Google Facebook
    7. Verizon Data Center Installation Cuts Water Discharges 20%

      Verizon Data Center Installation Cuts Water Discharges 20%

      A Verizon data center has been using Clearwater Systems’ Dolphin WaterCare technology to cut water discharges by more than 20 percent, or 1.6 million gallons, compared to chemically treated water, Clearwater says. The project helped Verizon win a 2012 Green Enterprise IT Award from the Uptime Institute. The award, granted in the facility design implementation category, recognizes the combination of resource efficiency, environmental responsibility, and scalability in building a Tier III, LEED Gold certified data center in Twinsburg, Ohio.

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    8. Data Centre Efficiency – There Is No Magic Measure

      Data Centre Efficiency – There Is No Magic Measure

      At the moment, the holy grail of data centre regulators is to find a single productivity metric which measures how much ‘useful’ IT work a data centre does for each kiloWatt hour (kWh) of energy it consumes. The idea being that data centres – like household fridges or freezers – can then be given a simple mark which shows how energy efficient they are – or not – along a sliding scale. Such an initiative will have significant implications for the market because big customers like the US Federal Government will require their suppliers to achieve a minimum score in whichever metric is selected.

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    9. Finnish R&D data center buys SGI container

      Finnish R&D data center buys SGI container

      Finland's CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd has bought an Ice Cube Modular data center from SGI. The deal is valued at 2.6m euro for a three year project which involves conversion fo a brown field site in Kajaani, Northern Finland. “The SGI modular data center will serve as the foundation of CSC future growth in HPC and ICT services and is the culmination of several years of planning. The level of flexibility provided by the SGI solution really helps us adapt to changing demand,” says Tero Tuononen director of ICT Platforms for CSC.

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      Mentions: CSC SGI Emea
    10. OVH Deploys “Container Cube” Data Center

      OVH Deploys “Container Cube” Data Center

      The French firm OVH is one of the world’s largest hosting companies, with more than 120,000 servers. It has also earned a reputation for its innovative data center designs. DCK readers may be familiar with OVH for the innovative Cube-shaped data center it opened last year in Roubaix, France, which houses servers in an exterior corridor built around an open center, allowing for easy airflow through the facility.

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      Mentions: Europe Netherlands
    11. Web.com Consolidates With QTS in Atlanta

      Web.com Consolidates With QTS in Atlanta

      Web services firm Web.com, which has grown through a series of acquisitions, will consolidate most of its data center capacity with QTS (Quality Technology Services), the companies said this week. Web.com is currently a customer in QTS’ Atlanta Metro Data Center and the new agreement both extends and expands the companies’ current relationship. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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    12. Node4 expands Yorkshire data centre

      A Leeds-based data and communications centre is continuing its rapid growth, after opening a new hall at its Leeds base. Node4 made the decision in response to increased demand for resources, which have as a result boosted their data centre capacity, creating space for 128 racks in 4x32 pods. The new centre is set to open on 1 September. Andrew Gilbert, the Managing Director of Node4, said, “We are really looking forward to opening the new hall at our Leeds data centre because it is a direct response to what our customers want.

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    13. Data sovereignty issues still weigh on cloud adoption

      Data sovereignty issues still weigh on cloud adoption

      Large enterprises that embrace cloud computing for many tasks still refuse to use public cloud infrastructure for key jobs because of what they see as restrictive data sovereignty regulations. These laws, which are proliferating in countries around the world, according to attendees of this week’s Forecast 2012 event in New York, mandate that a company keep a customer’s data in that customer’s home country. One oft-cited reason is to prevent that data from being subpoenaed by a foreign power (read: the U.S.)

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      Mentions: Andrew Stokes
    14. Report: Wholesale Space is 81 Percent Occupied

      Report: Wholesale Space is 81 Percent Occupied

      Occupancy rates for wholesale data center space stand at about 81 percent, down slightly from two years ago, according to a new report from veteran data center real estate specialist Jim Kerrigan. The slight reduction in occupancy is tied to an increase in the number of companies participating in the wholesale space, according to Kerrigan, Director of the Data Center Group at Avison Young.

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    15. Best of the Data Center Blogs, June 12th

      Best of the Data Center Blogs, June 12th

      Datacenter Guys – Kevin Timmons of CyrusOne has a new blog at Fresh Air, where one of his first posts addresses commonalities among the data center tribe. “People call me a ‘datacenter guy.’ Collectively, they call us all ‘datacenter guys’. Some of the best datacenter guys I’ve known are women, but they’re still ‘datacenter guys.’ I’ve been thinking a lot lately during my travels as to what it means to be a datacenter guy. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.”

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    16. Dell Expands Storage Portfolio With New Compellent, EqualLogic Offerings

      Dell Expands Storage Portfolio With New Compellent, EqualLogic Offerings

      Dell is expanding the capabilities of its Compellent storage platform, including a new Compellent unified NAS-SAN offering and expanding its Fluid File System to the Compellent portfolio. The new offerings are part of a larger rollout of new and enhanced technologies unveiled June 12 at the Dell Storage Forum event in Boston that also touch upon other areas of Dell’s rapidly growing storage lineup, including EqualLogic, Powervault and AppAssure.

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    17. Latest in Data Center Low-Voltage Cabling Distribution

      Latest in Data Center Low-Voltage Cabling Distribution

      Interconnecting the various IT resources in a data center requires large amounts of cabling (whether fiber, copper or a combination of the two). Perhaps you’ve seen the mess of wires and cables that can quickly build behind your desk, especially if you have a number of connected gadgets; the situation in the data center can be much worse if not carefully controlled. Finding a good place for cabling that permits good airflow, accessibility for maintenance and expansion, and safety (for personnel and equipment) is critical

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    18. Amazon S3 Cloud Storage Hosts 1 Trillion Objects

      Amazon S3 Cloud Storage Hosts 1 Trillion Objects

      It seemed like just the other day (OK, it was 2006) we were writing about Amazon launching its cloud-based Simple Storage Service and wondering whether it would be “a disruptive force or non-event.” The question was answered quickly, as Amazon S3 became the Carl Sagan of cloud metrics, adding billions andbillions of objects. Now, barely six years after its launch, it has grown beyond that range.

      Today Amazon’s Jeff Barr reported that S3 now houses more than1 trillion objects. “That’s 142 objects for every person on Planet Earth or 3.3 objects for every star in our Galaxy,” Jeff notes. “If you could count one object per second it would take you 31,710 years to count them all.”

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      Mentions: Amazon.com
    19. The changing face of ASHRAE data center environmental standards

      distributed computing spread and the interdependencies between the data center facility and the computing equipment held within it became more complex. No longer was the main IT “engine” concentrated into one part of the facility, now the parts are spread around. Early tower systems still had to be kept cool, and many an IT manager has had servers collapse due to lack of cooling occurring when fans in such tower systems died and systems management software did not detect the failure. As the need
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    20. Structure 2012: How is Facebook is reimagining the data center?

      Structure 2012: How is Facebook is reimagining the data center?

      Frank Frankovsky sees a blurry line between servers and networking devices, so he’s heading in the other direction. With Facebook’s Open Compute Project, networking is about to be turned upside down. Stacey Higginbotham’s recent article delved into more details about Frankovsky’s plan, stating that the server of tomorrow will basically look “more like a rack.” That’s a strong statement from a huge influencer. Will the contents of the data center change altogether, eliminating servers as we know them?

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      Mentions: Facebook
    21. Server Efficiency: Aligning Energy Use With Workloads

      Server Efficiency: Aligning Energy Use With Workloads

      At Intel, we launched to great fanfare the newest Xeon E5-2600 series of server microprocessors this spring. Of course, the performance of this series of microprocessors is world-record amazing. I wrote about some of the potential TCO advantages of this around the time of launch. Energy Efficient Performance The subject here is another leadership aspect – the role of energy proportionality in the energy efficient performance of Xeon E5-2600. Why is this important? As pointed out in the 2007 article by Luiz André Barroso and Urs Hölzle of Google, most servers operate at less than peak workload and hence at efficiencies well below theoretical optimum. Making server energy use more proportional to workload dramatically improves the efficiency at common data center workloads. The authors pointed to a server whose idle power is 10 percent of its maximum power as having greater than 80 percent of its full load efficiency above 30 ...

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      Mentions: Fujitsu Intel Google
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