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    1. Google's Data Center Infrastructure lives by the Gospel of Speed

      Google's Data Center Infrastructure lives by the Gospel of Speed

      It is interesting when some people say I have the best data center.  Some are trying to building the cheapest data center.  But, best and cheap don't necessarily drive the right behaviors.  What should you focus on?  What do the businesses need?  Do they care if the data center is the best or cheapest around?  What they do see other than outages is how fast things work every second of every day. Google's Urs Hoelzle has a post on Think With Google on The Google Gospel of Speed. The Google Gospel of Speed ‘Fast is better than slow’ is a cornerstone of Google’s philosophy. Here, search guru and SVP of Infrastructure Urs Hoelzle, explains why. WORDS BY Urs Hoelzle ILLUSTRATION BY Adam Simpson SHARE Email Print LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK Pick a query, any query. ‘Weather, New York City.’ ‘Nineteenth-century Russian literature.’ ‘When is the ...

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    2. Facebook's data center expansion continues

      Facebook's data center expansion continues

      Facebook has filed plans to build a third data center at its Prineville, Oregon facility, a move that highlights the social network company’s rapid expansion. The 62,000-square-foot facility will be built next to Facebook’s two much larger data centers, according to various local media reports. The new data center won’t bring any additional jobs. However, it could be a test ground for clean energy. Earlier this month, Facebook disclosed its carbon footprint for the first time and set a goal to a

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    3. Move Over Pue – Here Comes FVER!

      Move Over Pue – Here Comes FVER!

      Metrics, they are not always perfect, but are a useful tool for us to measure our performance and improvement. PUE is a commonly used metric in the data centre industry, but there is room for more – and one of the most promising is called FVER.

      PUE (power usage effectiveness)  measures the waste in supporting mechanical and engineering (M&E) equipment by assessing the ratio of overall power to IT equipment power. Despite a little marketing abuse and users moving some of their loads into the IT equipment, PUE has been a success for the industry, driving common M&E efficiencies from wasteful to rather efficient.

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    4. DCK Executive Guide to Data Center Energy Efficiency

      DCK Executive Guide to Data Center Energy Efficiency

      In the data center realm, maximizing the energy efficiency without impacting the reliability should be the goal of virtually every data center owner or operator. The path to that goal involves some basic design and practices issues, as well as more sophisticated methodologies.

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    5. Data Center Water Use Moves to the Forefront

      The largest data center operators have made significant strides in slashing their water use, and the industry has developed metrics and best practices to encourage broader participation in the effort. The focus on data center water usage made headlines last week when Facebook released its initial...

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    6. Web Host Rackspace Near $2 Million Data Center Land Deal in Oregon: Report

      Web Host Rackspace Near $2 Million Data Center Land Deal in Oregon: Report

      Web hosting provider Rackspace is close to a $2 million dollar deal to buy 99 acres in the Port of Morrow, on which it plans to build a new data center, says a report by local newspaper The Oregonian. According to the report, Rackspace has been considering the site for roughly a year. It had an option to purchase the property, but was reportedly considering other locations in Oregon. City officials told the paper they’re expecting a deal to conclude within the next two weeks, although they’ve been told work won’t start on the location right away.

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    7. IT Delivery Platform Colt Acquires Cloud Platform ThinkGrid

      IT Delivery Platform Colt Acquires Cloud Platform ThinkGrid

      IT delivery platform Colt Technology Services announced on Monday it has acquired cloud platform ThinkGrid. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed in the press release. The move comes a few months after technology products wholesaler Ingram Micro UK began offering ThinkGrid‘s cloud platform and cloud services to its resellers. ThinkGrid enables channel partners to become cloud providers by offering them a comprehensive portfolio of cloud-based services with a turnkey management platform and the commercial and technical training required to grow their cloud business.

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    8. What does Facebook's energy usage tell us? by Peter Judge

      What does Facebook's energy usage tell us? by Peter Judge

      Last week, Facebook published energy usage figures for 2011, giving us all an idea of how much our social media chatter is costing the planet. The publication also gives plenty of insights into how much difference the company’s efficiency measures are making, and some directions for green data centers. First things first. According to Facebook figures, each active user consumes enough energy per year, to make a single latte. So social media isn’t actually killing the world, or at least has an energy use we can put n context with other activities. But there is more, in the social giant’s information (the newsroom link is offline as I write, but the info is here). In 2011, Facebook’s data centers and operations consumed about 532 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy, and emitted 285,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. That’s about a quarter as much ...

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    9. Unboxed: How Big Data Became So Big - Unboxed

      Unboxed: How Big Data Became So Big - Unboxed

      THIS has been the crossover year for Big Data — as a concept, as a term and, yes, as a marketing tool. Big Data has sprung from the confines of technology circles into the mainstream. First, here are a few, well, data points: Big Data was a featured topic this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with a report titled “Big Data, Big Impact.” In March, the federal government announced $200 million in research programs for Big Data computing. Rick Smolan, creator of the “Day in the Life” photography series, has a new project in the works, called “The Human Face of Big Data.” The New York Times has adopted the term in headlines like “The Age of Big Data” and “Big Data on Campus.” And a sure sign that Big Data has arrived came just last month, when it became grist for satire in the “Dilbert” comic ...

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