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    1. Apple plans to double capacity of NC fuel cells

      Apple plans to double capacity of NC fuel cells

      The first phase of Apple's fuel cell project at the Maiden, NC data center began testing in October of 2012, and the company is already looking at doubling the capacity of the plant . The plant is fueled by filtered landfill gas (AKA "directed biogas"), a fuel that is considered a renewable energy resource by North Carolina's green energy regulations. 

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    2. What Data Center facility staff is 75% 55-65 yrs old? Uptime Fall Conference 2012

      What Data Center facility staff is 75% 55-65 yrs old? Uptime Fall Conference 2012

      I was reading the post on Uptimes' Fall Conference 2012 at the Altanta Ritz Carlton, and the post starts with this comment of the problem of retiring people. One of the predominant themes of the event (and persistent discussions in the industry in general) is the looming retirement of the current generation of data center professionals. The data center industry doesn’t have a very good farm system: an organization or activity that serves as a training ground for higher-level endeavors. Now, I am used to hanging with old people.  I am 52, but when I saw this comment, I was thinking whoa what a different world of people are at this event. “Over 75% of our facilities staff are between 55-65 years old,” one attendee said. “We all grew up in the industry together.” And many organizations worry that all of these skilled, experienced people are going to retire ...

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    3. EADS Confirms Change in Ownership Structure

      EADS Confirms Change in Ownership Structure

      The European aeronautics giant said it would dissolve a decade-old arrangement that grants the governments of France and Germany an effective veto over strategic management decisions.

      European Aeronautic Defense & Space, the parent company of Airbus, confirmed a major overhaul of its ownership structure late Wednesday that would dissolve a decade-old arrangement that grants the governments of France and Germany an effective veto over strategic management decisions.

      The balancing of national interests in EADS was enshrined in a shareholder pact that dates to the group’s creation in 2000. That agreement stipulated that the French and German stakes in EADS must be equal, and until now the two countries have each exercised control of 22.5 percent of the company through a mix of state holding companies and private-sector owners that have acted as proxies for Paris and Berlin.

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    4. Bits Blog: Intel's Schooling From the 'Big Four' Cloud Customers

      Bits Blog: Intel's Schooling From the 'Big Four' Cloud Customers

      Intel prides itself on having some of the smartest engineers around. When it comes to the world’s largest computing systems, however, the chip giant now takes a back seat to a certain kind of powerful new customer.

      How giants like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon work with Intel could mean a lot for much of the rest of the technology industry. Their needs on things like computing power and energy consumption get a lot of attention from Intel, which expects many other companies to eventually build big systems of their own.

      Diane Bryant, who runs Intel’s data center group, would not identify Intel’s Big Four, other than to say they were all American companies. It is most likely she meant Google, which leads in search; Facebook, the dominant social media company; Amazon, which has the biggest cloud rental business; and Microsoft, which uses the cloud for search ...

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    5. Big Data Needs Eye Candy to Go Mainstream. Here's the iPad App to Do It

      Big Data Needs Eye Candy to Go Mainstream. Here's the iPad App to Do It

      It’s painful watching someone else explain what it is I do for a living, and it’s often just as frustrating when I’m the one doing the explaining.  It took the world long enough to understand my career choice as a blogger.  Now it’s my “beat” people can’t grasp.  I find myself constantly explaining and re-explaining big data, what it means, and why I’m so interested.

      Anyone involved in big data can sympathize.  The term big data encompasses its technology, its concepts and its potential use cases, making it difficult to offer a succinct description.  But famed photojournalist Rick Smolan, known for capturing the human sentiment of emerging trends right at their onset, has found a way to define big data for the masses.

      Smolan’s new book, The Human Face of Big Data, is a massive coffee table reader that bridges the gap between ...

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    6. How much will green energy cost California? by Doug Mohney

      How much will green energy cost California? by Doug Mohney

      California may pay a substantial price for its push to clean energy, according to a report by the Little Hoover Commission. State renewable portfolio standards, support for expansion of rooftop solar and large-scale solar thermal power plants, and a new cap-and-trade scheme are all adding to the bottom line. "Rewiring California: Integrating Agendas for Energy Reform," discusses the state's plan to procure more than a third of its' electrical production to come from renewable energy resources by 2020, but multiple policy initiatives have been implemented without an overarching plan. 

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    7. ByteGrid Acquires Atlanta Data Center

      ByteGrid Acquires Atlanta Data Center

      Wholesale data center developer ByteGrid has acquired a 77,322 square foot data center in Alpharetta, Georgia, the company said this week. The property was acquired from a real estate investment trust and is fully occupied by a Fortune 500 software company. The tenant will continue to occupy the facility under an existing long-term lease agreement.

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    8. Cloud Security Alliance’s 2012 Congress – The Internet and National Security

      December 4, 2012 -- At a keynote during the Cloud Security Alliance’s 2012 Congress (CSA), a panel of security experts beat up on Verizon, as an ISP, as the conduit of malicious activity. The question that precipitated the attack was: what responsibility do infrastructure providers have in ensuring the security of the Internet, and how does that play into national security?Keep on reading: Cloud Security Alliance’s 2012 Congress – The Internet and National Security

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    9. Cloud Encryption Firm CipherCloud Raises $30 Million in Funding

      Cloud Encryption Firm CipherCloud Raises $30 Million in Funding

      December 5, 2012 -- Cloud encryption technology provider CipherCloud announced on Wednesday it has raised $30 million in funding from venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, joining the company's other investors which include Index Ventures and Deutsche Telekom venture capital division, T-Venture.Keep on reading: Cloud Encryption Firm CipherCloud Raises $30 Million in Funding

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    10. Apple doubles size of Catawba County fuel cell project

      Apple doubles size of Catawba County fuel cell project

      Apple plans to double the size of its Catawba County fuel cell project, the nation’s largest such venture not run by an electric utility, to 10 megawatts. Fifty fuel cells adjacent to its $1 billion data center in Maiden are expected to be operating by January, Apple said in papers filed with the N.C. Utilities Commission. They will be fueled by “directed biogas,” in which cleaned methane from a landfill is injected into a natural gas pipeline.

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    11. Apple doubles size of Catawba County fuel cell project

      Apple doubles size of Catawba County fuel cell project

      Apple plans to double the size of its Catawba County fuel cell project, the nation’s largest such venture not run by an electric utility, to 10 megawatts. Fifty fuel cells adjacent to its $1 billion data center in Maiden are expected to be operating by January, Apple said in papers filed with the N.C. Utilities Commission. 

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    12. GSMI's Green Data Center Conference Returns to San Diego this January

      GSMI is proud to present the first installment of Green Data Center Conference in 2013 when GDCON will be returning to the city of San Diego. The Green Data Center Conference has emerged as a leading event focused on the cost cutting measures of energy efficient techniques and technologies. The conference will highlight case studies of successful data center projects and innovative techniques and technologies that will drive down energy costs and minimize total cost of ownership. The three-day c
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    13. Internap receives energy efficiency certifications for facilities in Santa Clara and

      Internap Network Services Corporation, a provider of intelligent IT Infrastructure services, announced that its two company-owned data centers in California have achieved additional green design and energy efficiency certifications. The company’s newly-opened Los Angeles data center has received Green Globes® certification following a detailed review process by the Green Building Initiative (GBI). In addition, the company’s Santa Clara data center has received ENERGY STAR® certification, a progr
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    14. Relationships between Sustainability and Economics

      Relationships between Sustainability and Economics

      We’ve been discussing aspects of social impacts and sustainability in my last few articles. I’ve recently come across some excellent discussions on the interrelationship between sustainability and economics. The gist of the discussions is that there is not a trade-off between a sustainable business model or sustainable manufacturing and profit – one can minimize the [...]

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