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    1. Could Raspberry Pi Cook Up Green Data Centres?

      Could Raspberry Pi Cook Up Green Data Centres?

      We like the Raspberry Pi because it is a do-it-yourself device that will encourage people to have a go. We like it because it is British. We like it because it uses open source. But we just found a new reason to like the £22 computing device. We like it because it is green. We don’t mean that the thing itself will save electricity – although there are projects you could do with a Raspberry Pi that might cut your electricity bills by automating your house. No, the Pi is green because it could be the vanguard for the next wave of higher efficiency in our data centres.

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    2. C7 Raises $25 Million to Expand Data Center Footprint

      Colocation provider C7 Data Centers has secured $25 million in debt and equity funding from MCG Capital Corporation and previous investment partner Signal Peak Ventures, the company said Tuesday. C7 said it will use the funding to expand its data center footprint and operations. C7 operates four data centers in the Salt Lake City market. Its best known client is Twitter, but it also provides space for companies like Answers.com, Motorola and WestHost. The company says it has benefited from Utah’s power rates, connectivity infrastructure, limited natural disasters and business environment.

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    3. Rubicon Data Centers Launches With Reno Project

      Rubicon Data Centers Launches With Reno Project

      Rubicon Data Centers, a new data center development company based in San Francisco, today announced plans for its first data center development project in Reno, where it plans to build a 20-megawatt, 300,000 square foot data center as the first phase in a larger mission-critical campus. Rubicon is led by industry veterans JP Balajadia and Kevin Louie, both former principals in the 365 Main data center venture. They are partnering with Prologis, a leading owner and developer of industrial real estate, to develop a data center campus on 44 acres at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, a large industrial park about eight miles east of Reno.

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    4. AT&T Takes Control of its “Energy Destiny” with Bloom Energy Fuel Cells

      AT&T Takes Control of its “Energy Destiny” with Bloom Energy Fuel Cells

      By Tina Casey | October 3rd, 2012 0 Comments Tweet solid oxide fuel cell rocky mountain institute Renewable Energy KR Sridhar Fuel Cells Environmental Defense Fund clean energy Bloom Energy Bloom Boxes AT&T sustainability AT&T fuel cells One major advantage of renewable energy is access to a reliable supply of power at a more predictable price than conventional grid-supplied electricity. That’s especially important to tech

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    5. Ignore the drama – do what’s right for your data center by Doug Mohney

      Ignore the drama – do what’s right for your data center  by Doug Mohney

      Hot on the heels of the New York Times expose’ of data center evils last week comes a Pike Research $45 billion prediction by 2016 for green data centers.  If you want to pick a side, be my guest, but don’t use either to plot your own fate in the data center world. “The Cloud Factories” by James Glanz ran down data centers for being wasteful due to a variety of factors, including conservative estimates on compute needs, UPS backup, and inefficient power distribution and servers – issues that are being dealt with by leveraging virtualization (less servers) and better new-build facility designs combining better electrical design, utilizing climate-based (i.e. “Free”) cooling, and pushing server manufacturers to make efficient CPU-per-watt hardware. Diesel generators are dirty and noisy, but we’re stuck with them as a near term solution for emergency power generation. Longer term, biodiesel offers a drop-in partial ...

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    6. Web Host Go Daddy Quietly Kills Off Cloud Servers Business

      Web Host Go Daddy Quietly Kills Off Cloud Servers Business

      Just five months after officially launching a cloud server product at the beginning of May, web hosting giant Go Daddy has quietly abandoned the model, choosing instead to focus on the more traditional product the company has seen success with. Go Daddy officially launched its pay-as-you-go cloud servers product in May of this year. As of yesterday, at least, the link to the cloud hosting products page on the Go Daddy website was redirecting to the company’s homepage, while last week the cloud servers provisioning tool was still live.

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    7. Bits Blog: Google Warns of New State-Sponsored Cyberattack Targets

      Bits Blog: Google Warns of New State-Sponsored Cyberattack Targets

      In June, many Google users were surprised to see an unusual greeting at the top of their Gmail inbox, Google home page or Chrome browser. “Warning: We believe state-sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your account or computer.” On Tuesday, tens of thousands more Google users will begin to see that message. The company said that since it started alerting users to malicious — probably state-sponsored — activity on their computers in June, it has picked up thousands more instances of cyberattacks than it anticipated.

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    8. Choosing the Right Data Center

      Choosing the Right Data Center

      As the importance of either outsourcing your data center efforts or building your own reaches a critical level, firms on either side of the business-size spectrum are looking at finding the best value for money to store and manage their information. However, trying to find value but opting for a cheaper service seems to be an all-too-easy route for small and large businesses to take, causing extreme concern. Instead, with just a little research about what they should be looking for in a data center, firms can avoid the 'get what you pay for' providers and uncover real value in the market.

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    9. Web Host Go Daddy Quietly Kills Off Cloud Servers Business

      Web Host Go Daddy Quietly Kills Off Cloud Servers Business

      Just five months after officially launching a cloud server product at the beginning of May, web hosting giant Go Daddy has quietly abandoned the model, choosing instead to focus on the more traditional product the company has seen success with. Go Daddy officially launched its pay-as-you-go cloud servers product in May of this year. As of yesterday, at least, the link to the cloud hosting products page on the Go Daddy website was redirecting to the company’s homepage, while last week the cloud servers provisioning tool was still live.

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    10. AT&T to Install More Bloom Boxes

      AT&T to Install More Bloom Boxes

      Bloom Energy continues to gain traction for its fuel cell technology with major data center operators. AT&T said today that it will purchase an additional 9.6 megawatts of fuel cell capacity, which will make it Bloom Energy’s largest non-utility customer. In July 2011, AT&T announced plans to deploy 7.5 megawatts of ”Bloom Boxes” at 11 AT&T sites in California, including data centers. With today’s announcement, AT&T will now have more than 17 megawatts of Bloom Energy Servers helping to power 28 AT&T sites in California and Connecticut. 

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    11. The Art Of The Data Center Goes Inside Computing Environments

      The Art Of The Data Center Goes Inside Computing Environments

      Today, data centers are the beating hearts of the companies they serve. Data centers process billions of Internet transactions every day. It's therefore critical for companies and IT organizations to understand the state-of-the-art in data center design. Narrow aspects - such as cooling, wiring, or power usage - are often the subject of technical documents. But it's rare to find a holistic view of how a great data center was designed - until now. 

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    12. Swedish Police Raid Web Host PRQ, Take Down File-Sharing and Streaming Sites

      Swedish Police Raid Web Host PRQ, Take Down File-Sharing and Streaming Sites

      October 2, 2012 -- Swedish police raided Stockholm-based web host PeRiQuito on Monday in order to confiscate four servers, according to a report by Forbes. Founded by Pirate Bay co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Fredrik Neij in 2004, PRQ has hosted controversial websites including Wikileaks, the North America Man-Boy Love Association, and Pedophile.se.Keep on reading: Swedish Police Raid Web Host PRQ, Take Down File-Sharing and Streaming Sites

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    13. AT&T Offers Big Commitment to Fuel Cell Player Bloom Energy

      AT&T Offers Big Commitment to Fuel Cell Player Bloom Energy

      Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are not anything particular new or Earth-shaking, nor are the materials involved.  Thus when K. R. Sridhar -- a former Ph.D researcher for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Mars exploration efforts -- launched a startup claiming to have radically reinvented the SOFC and created the "server" of the backup energy world, interest was piqued as to exactly what Bloom Energy was doing that was so innovative. 

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    14. AT&T doubles down on Bloom Energy fuel cells

      AT&T doubles down on Bloom Energy fuel cells

      AT&T is now Silicon Valley fuel cell maker Bloom Energy’s largest customer that’s not a utility, according to San Jose Mercury reporter Dana Hull. Hull reports that AT&T more than doubled the size of its deal to buy power from Bloom Energy fuel cells to 17.1 MW. Bloom makes fuel cells that take fuel (natural gas or biogas) and combine it with oxygen and other chemicals to create an electrochemical reaction that produces electricity. Bloom Energy servers can deliver distributed power on site at a building, and this can have a lower carbon footprint and potentially more electrical reliability than grid power.

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    15. Greening Your IT Infrastructure by David Malmborg

      Greening Your IT Infrastructure by David Malmborg

      How green is your IT infrastructure? Making your systems more eco-friendly is not only the right choice for the planet but also your bottom line. If you‘re looking to make changes in order to make your business more environmentally-conscious, here are some steps to get you started: 1. Evaluate your organization – Before you make any sweeping changes to your business, it’s a good idea to assess where you currently stand as a company. Where do you lie already engaging in best eco practices and where is there room for improvement? Start by making a thorough audit of all equipment and practices and outline some specific green goals in terms of reducing your energy expenses and eliminating waste. 2. Consolidate servers using virtualization – By some estimates, a typical x68-based server can consume up to 30 or 40 percent of its maximum power even when idle. Simply put, the more ...

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    16. New Bill Would Require Federal Agencies to Report Cloud Computing Progress

      New Bill Would Require Federal Agencies to Report Cloud Computing Progress

      A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate last month would require federal agencies to submit annual reports on their progress migrating their infrastructure to cloud computing, according to a report by Nextgov. Replacing the practice of storing data on in-house servers with using affordable cloud storage technologies can help save the government $5 billion annually by moving just 25 percent of its IT budget to the cloud.

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    17. Four ways providers can improve cloud computing energy efficiency

      Four ways providers can improve cloud computing energy efficiency

      Thinking about green issues from an environmental perspective might not be a priority for some cloud providers, but cloud energy efficiency is a great operational strategy that can benefit both providers and their customers. "When I consult with any client considering a data center infrastructure investment, whether it is private or in the cloud, I preach about 

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    18. Sentinel Plans Huge Data Center in North Carolina

      Sentinel Plans Huge Data Center in North Carolina

      Sentinel Data Centers has begun development of a 420,000 square foot facility in Durham, North Carolina, which it says will be as the region’s first multi-tenant wholesale data center for large-footprint users. The company says it will have the 120,000 square foot first phase of Sentinel NC-1 available for occupancy in early 2013. Sentinel intends to target both in-region and out-of-region users.

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