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    1. The Green Grid, VMware Sponsor Inaugural Tech Trailblazers Awards for Startups

      The Green Grid, VMware Sponsor Inaugural Tech Trailblazers Awards for Startups

      SThe Green Grid and VMware have signed on to support the inaugural Tech Trailblazer Awards for enterprise technology startups. According to an announcement by the Tech Trailblazers Awards on Thursday, The Green Grid and VMware join other industry supporters including the Storage Network Industry Association, and the Cloud Security Alliance. 

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    2. Fortune Data Centers Launches Wholesale Colocation Service, Opens Oregon Facility

      Fortune Data Centers Launches Wholesale Colocation Service, Opens Oregon Facility

      September 20, 2012 -- Data center operator Fortune Data Centers announced on Thursday it has introduced its RackReady solution, a cost-effective option for colocation customers who are ready to step up to wholesale, but don't want to manage the costs or complexity of building out their own suite.Keep on reading: Fortune Data Centers Launches Wholesale Colocation Service, Opens Oregon Facility

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    3. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Market to Reach $11.2 Billion in 2012: Visiongain Report

      Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Market to Reach $11.2 Billion in 2012: Visiongain Report

      September 20, 2012 -- More than half of US enterprises are migrating to virtual desktops or considering a migration in the next 12 months, a new study by Visiongain finds. Released on Tuesday, the Cloud-Based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Market 2012-2017 study estimates that the value of the global cloud-based VDI market will reach $11.2 billion in 2012. Keep on reading: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Market to Reach $11.2 Billion in 2012: Visiongain Report

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      Mentions: Microsoft Corp
    4. Apple Electric adds 200 Acres for more Solar capacity

      I joked that Google is an Electric company in an old post.  If Apple was an Electric company would it be Apple Electric or Apple Power? Apple made the news making progress on its solar farm, and now has added another 200 acres. Hickory Daily Record reports on the latest real estate transaction. CONOVER, NC — California-based technology giant Apple has spent nearly $3 million to buy more than 200 acres of property in Catawba County for another solar farm. It’s another step in Apple’s pledge to have its Maiden data center running on 100 percent renewable energy by the end of the year. Some of the concerns with the big data center expansion in Oregon is the future growth of data centers there could be 10% of the energy use. If ever a state was destined to become a data center Mecca it is Oregon. As the author ...

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    5. Don't Forget About Water in Your Data Center

      Don't Forget About Water in Your Data Center

      Energy is critical to data centers; rising prices, potential new regulations and taxes, and limited supply make it a topic that is foremost on the minds of both data center managers and industry observers. But another resource used heavily by data centers bears remembering: water. What should companies do about water when it comes to their data center facilities? All data centers consume energy, making energy the biggest concern for a variety of parties (companies, environmental groups and other

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    6. Fuel Cell Round Up: VC Funding, Fcel, Utc, and Bloom

      Fuel Cell Round Up: VC Funding, Fcel, Utc, and Bloom

      More VC funding and controversy for fuel cells Funding Fuel Cells: ACAL Energy and Lilliputian Systems ACAL Energy, a U.K.-based fuel-cell developer, raised $5 million from existing investors. ACAL builds platinum-free or low platinum-content catalysts and PEM fuel cells for applications requiring more than one kilowatt of power. The firm raised $4.8 million in 2008 from CT Investment Partners, Rising Stars Growth Fund, NorthStar Equity Investors, Porton Capital, and Synergis Technologies, along

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    7. Why Security is Key to the Growth of the Cloud Business with Gray Hall of AlertLogic

      Why Security is Key to the Growth of the Cloud Business with Gray Hall of AlertLogic

      September 20, 2012 -- One of the afternoon sessions at HCTS NA this Wednesday in Las Vegas was a presentation by Gray Hall, chairman and CEO of managed security service provider AlertLogic, who outlined what he considers a key challenge, and a key inflection point, in the development of the cloud industry.Keep on reading: Why Security is Key to the Growth of the Cloud Business with Gray Hall of AlertLogic

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    8. Paying Attention To Data Center Property

      More and more companies are occupying space in data centers. This leads to the requirement for IT decision makers to look at issues like power, data sovereignty and security issues. Such considerations need to be examined very carefully before the company decides to take up residence in the data center. Physical security needs to be analyzed carefully. This security becomes even more important when one is talking about defense organizations using the data center space. The provider’s environment

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    9. 10 Simple Steps to a Green Data Center

      10 Simple Steps to a Green Data Center

      Cars and trucks have long been the most visible symbol of America's insatiable thirst for energy. But data centers—those sprawling computing centers that cram thousands of energy-hungry servers into air-conditioned rooms—though less visible, are starting to take their toll as well. As most CIOs know, data centers are wildly expensive and require gobs of electricity to maintain. And more than a few vendors are starting to feel the CIOs' pain, marketing their servers and processors as energy efficient and eco-friendly.

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      Mentions: Sun Microsystems
    10. Avoiding the data centre property trap

      Avoiding the data centre property trap

      So you’ve found a great data centre run by a provider who seems to tick all the boxes. But before signing on the dotted line and taking space, there are several property and legal traps which need to be examined first. Not only do IT executives need to consider physical security and environmental credentials but even legislation such as the Privacy Act 1988 and the Patriot Act can come into play, say legal experts. Truman Hoyle partner, Nick Finlayson, says IT executives should investigate the physical security of the facility while negotitating a data centre lease. This is because they may not want competitors in the same building or other neighbours – such as political or defence organisations – who might introduce levels of risk for the data centre operation.

       

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      Mentions: Amazon.com
    11. Data Center Energy: Past, Present and Future (Part Two)

      Data Center Energy: Past, Present and Future (Part Two)

      This article is the part two of a three-part series on energy management in the data center. (See part one here.) Last week, I wrote about the past approaches to data center power management and the state of rising inefficiency. I presented a case for more accurately assessing current power consumption and explained why past approaches for calculating power requirements or manually measuring power were insufficient for establishing proactive energy-management policies.

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    12. Oregon data center gloom -- or not by Doug Mohney

      Oregon data center gloom -- or not by Doug Mohney

      Last week, Oregon was doing the big freakout because data centers were coming to the state and neighboring Washington state for cheap power.  If data centers keep coming and fail to make their massive facilities more efficient, they could consumer nearly 10 percent of all the Northwest's energy by 2030. Lotta fuzz in "if," "fail," and "could." "Data centers proliferate in Oregon, and power planners raise a red flag," ran in The Oregonian on September 8, based in part by a June report issued by the Northwest Power and Conversation Council. Part of the underlying beef here is that the "secretive" data center  industry and utilities aren't saying much about long term plans. Data centers are coming into Oregon because industrial power costs as little as 3.34 cents per kilowatt, with no sales tax Oregon and a rural data center tax exemption in Washington.  Oregon also provides ...

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    13. Some Int'l Electricity Tariff data, that's why data centers are where they are

      The price and availability are critical for data centers to exist.  The Economist has an article on Brazil's Electricity Tariff, and what caught my attention is the range of Electricity Tariffs. How electricity tariffs are used in each country to tax consumption in industries and consumers has an interesting impact on where you will put your data center. The cost of electricity is bumped up by 28 different taxes which together account for almost half the average bill, according to Acende Brasil, an energy-research institute. As a result, energy prices for industrial users are extraordinarily high (see chart). Ms Rousseff announced that from early next year two taxes will go altogether and a third one will be slashed by three-quarters. Officials say further savings will come from having driven a hard bargain with generating companies over extending contracts due to expire soon. All in all, residential bills will fall ...

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      Mentions: The Economist
    14. A peak in Google's 111 8th Ave building, Google Research

      A peak in Google's 111 8th Ave building, Google Research

      We all know 111 8th Ave as the data center property Google bought, but there are lots and lots of office space in that building.  Who is in there?  Google Research is one group. I was watching the above video, and it looked the NYC sky line. And, then I saw one of people is head of Research, NY. One of the points of the video made early on is how the researcher needs to understand how systems work.  And what better way than to put them in a data center building.  Well they probably don't think of it as a data center building. But with all the fiber coming into the building it is one of the most highly connected places in the world.

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      Mentions: Google
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