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    1. Do You Want the Good News First?

      Do You Want the Good News First?

      I’VE spent the last week traveling to two of America’s greatest innovation hubs — Silicon Valley and Seattle — and the trip left me feeling a combination of exhilaration and dread. The excitement comes from not only seeing the stunning amount of innovation emerging from the ground up, but from seeing the new tools coming on stream that are, as Amazon.com’s founder, Jeff Bezos, put it to me, “eliminating all the gatekeepers” — making it easier and cheaper than ever to publish your own book, start your own company and chase your own dream. Never have individuals been more empowered, and we’re still just at the start of this trend.

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    2. Was greenpeace's apple protest timed too well? by Peter Judge

      Was greenpeace's apple protest timed too well? by Peter Judge

      A fascinating week for green technology at Apple. Greenpeace increased the scale of its protests against Apple’s “dirty cloud” - asking it to shift to electricity from renewable sources - and then Apple issued an announcement that it is pretty much doing exactly that. By doubling the size of on-site solar power at its data center in Maiden, North Carolina, Apple was able to announce it will make 60 percent of the electricity the site uses from solar and fuel cells - and will buy the rest from renewable sources. I still have some questions about the figures. Greenpeace estimated that Maiden needed 100MW, and (maybe a slightly more reliable witness) Amazon reckoned 78MW. Apple says the center has a full-capacity load of only 20MW. That makes fully-renewable power an option, especially when you are already putting in the biggest solar array in the US, and the biggest fuel cell installation outside ...

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    3. Industry Perspectives: Power Assure, Infosys, Raritan

      Industry Perspectives: Power Assure, Infosys, Raritan

      The Industry Perspectives channel at Data Center Knowledge highlights thought leadership in the data center arena, providing industry professionals with the opportunity to share their insight and expertise. For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of this week’s columns: Reducing Server Power Consumption – Servers in data centers waste a substantial amount of energy, writes Clemens Pfeiffer of Power Assure. The reason is: Servers are deployed and configured for peak capacity, performance and reliability, usually at the expense of efficiency.

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    4. Apple Wrongfoots Greenpeace over Renewable Power for the iCloud

      It’s only a month back that Greenpeace slammed Apple for using “dirty” coal fired electricity to power the iCloud data centre in Maiden, North Carolina. Apple has now come back with plans to power the entire site with renewables. One could say that they’ve done this because Greenpeace agitated for them to do so. But that would be very silly indeed because plans of this type do not get made in only a month. Sorry, but these sorts of engineering projects take much longer than that.

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    5. Apple's iCloud Data Center to Use Only Green Power

      Apple's iCloud Data Center to Use Only Green Power

      Apple, a recent target of Greenpeace for its reliance on coal energy to power its data centers, is making a push to bring renewable and environmentally friendly resources to its facilities. Apple officials said on the company’s Website that by the end of the year, its 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C.—which powers the vendor’s iCloud service—will be powered entirely by renewable resources, including a combination of solar power and bio-gas-powered fuel cells.

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    6. Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 18th

      Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of May 18th

      For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Enjoy! Equinix Buys Ancotel to Boost Frankfurt Presence – Interconnection specialist Equinix has agreed to buy ancotel GmbH of Frankfurt, Germany in a deal that will further boost the strength of its network in one of the world’s most important meeting points for Internet traffic and financial trading. The acquisition provides Equinix with a data center in Frankfurt with 2,100 square meters of data center capacity.

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    7. It's Official: 100% Renewable Energy for Massive Apple Data Center

      It's Official: 100% Renewable Energy for Massive Apple Data Center

      News has slowly been leaking out about renewable energy plans for Apple’s data center in Maiden, North Carolina, and now the whole shebang is up on the Apple website. Apple has confirmed that the gigantic facility will run entirely on renewable energy. When running at full capacity the data center draws a whopping 20 megawatts, so that’s a pretty impressive feat – especially since Apple has declared that it will go 100 percent renewable before the end of the year. Source: Clean Technica 

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      Mentions: Apple Google
    8. Apple Rebrands Itself as iRenewable with Green Data Centers

      Apple Rebrands Itself as iRenewable with Green Data Centers

      The technology giant has announced that its new half-million-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., will only use electricity that has been generated by renewable energy. The company said that the Maiden facility will be "the most environmentally sound data center ever built." This complements plans for a data center currently in Newark, Calif., and one planned for Prineville, Ore., to go 100 percent renewable.

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      Mentions: Apple Greenpeace
    9. Cutting through the Myth, what is a Modular Data Center

      Cutting through the Myth, what is a Modular Data Center

      I've been writing about modular/container data centers for a while and I stopped trying to post on all the different news. How bad is it? How about 35 suppliers. See what DatacenterKnowledge posts. A Shift in the Modular Conversation This year’s Uptime Symposium reflected an ongoing shift in the industry discussion of modular designs, with a growing focus on economics and other factors directly tied to purchasing decisions. The event featured three keynotes and an entire content track on the economics of modular data centers, along with a modular data center campus in the expo hall featuring offerings from four providers. “We’re tracking 35 suppliers,” said Lawrence. “They think this is a market worth chasing. It’s undeniable that it is a very effective means of deploying data center space for some users. The adoption won’t be linear, and won’t be universal.”

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    10. Apple's $1 Billion Data Center Runs on 100% Renewables

      Apple's $1 Billion Data Center Runs on 100% Renewables

      In February, we reported that Apple would power its biggest US data center - $1 billion, 500,000 square-feet in North Carolina - with solar and fuel cells. After getting flack for years for lagging on environmental issues, such as toxics in its in products and running on coal to fuel its huge energy footprint, Apple announced today that its new data center will run 100% on renewable energy.

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      Mentions: Apple Greenpeace LEED
    11. Roundup: ViaWest, CoreLink, Interxion

      Roundup: ViaWest, CoreLink, Interxion

      Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for the data center industry: ViaWest launches KINECTed NAS. ViaWest announced the addition of a Network Attached Storage (NAS) product, delivered in partnership with industry leader, NetApp. The NAS solution is a part of its KINECTed Storage family and delivers simplified data and infrastructure management, coupled with improved storage efficiency. “We’re expanding our storage portfolio because efficiency and rapid access to data is critical to help our customers compete in today’s dynamic marketplace,” explains Jason Carolan, Chief Technology Officer for ViaWest. “Our customers need a wide range of storage options along with flexible price points and performance characteristics for today’s growing data. We are proud to offer our new NAS solution with our partner, NetApp, a company offering innovative, best-of-breed storage technology and our shared commitment to putting the customer first.”

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    12. Equinix Expands European Data Center Network with ancotel Acquisition

      Equinix Expands European Data Center Network with ancotel Acquisition

      Data center operator Equinix announced on Friday it will acquire European colocation and internnection services carrier ancotel, which adds a 6,890 square foot data center in Frankfurt, Germany to Equinix’s already massive footprint. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed in the press release. The move follows Equinix’s recent acquisition of six data centers in Asia from Hong Kong data center firm Asia Tone. But more importantly, it will expand its customer base and network in Europe by adding more than 400 network customers, which includes 200 new networks and 6,000 cross connects.

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      Mentions: Amazon.com Europe
    13. Are IT Data Centers Emerging as a 'Killer App' for Green Power? Part 1

      Are IT Data Centers Emerging as a 'Killer App' for Green Power? Part 1

      Last month, Greenpeace launched a series of coordinated protests at Amazon, Apple and Microsoft locations to draw attention to the companies’ use of GHG intensive fuels in powering their data centers. The protests were a follow up to their recently released report, “How Clean is Your Cloud,” which criticized the companies for expanding their data centers without regard to the source of electricity. While some have questioned the report’s details, it nonetheless highlights an important issue. Major IT and cloud computing companies have been working to improve energy efficiency in their data centers, and yet mitigation of GHG impacts from power use has lagged. This matters, because recent growth of the internet and cloud-based computing is resulting in rapid proliferation of data centers and massive incremental power requirements.

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    14. QTS to install 1MW of solar at two US data centers

      QTS to install 1MW of solar at two US data centers

      US colocation company QTS is planning to build solar arrays at its Atlanta and Richmond, Virginia, data centers, the company announced Thursday. The arrays will collectively provide 1MW of power for the facilities. The arrays’ collective power capacity is small compared to the two facilities’ total power demand. Capacity of just the first phase in Richmond could be up to 18MW, the company said in 2010 when it announced opening of the phase. QTS claims that its Atlanta data center is the second l

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    15. CyrusOne Going ‘Massively Modular’ in Phoenix

      CyrusOne Going ‘Massively Modular’ in Phoenix

      CyrusOne is moving dirt in Phoenix. The data center service provider, which is the colocation subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell, broke ground today on a 57-acre parcel of land it purchased in Chandler, Ariz. last fall. The site will house a 1-million-square-foot “Massively Modular” data center that the company says will “deliver scale, power, efficiencies and amenities never-before-seen in a multi-tenant facilities market.” The CyrusOne project could eventually encompass up to 1 million square feet of data center space, the company said. Planned for completion in the first part of 2013, the data center is expected to support 110 megawatts of power capacity, delivered from a substation to be built on the property.

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      Mentions: Kevin Timmons
    16. Apple: iDataCenter Power Will Be 100% Green

      Apple: iDataCenter Power Will Be 100% Green
      Apple is doubling the size of its already-huge solar array at its data center in North Carolina, buying another 100 acres of land to house a second large installation of solar panels. The company said the expansion, along with its plan to use fuel cells from Bloom Energy, will allow it to supply 60...
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    17. Web Host QTS to Bring Solar Power to Data Centers in $10M Green Investment

      Web Host QTS to Bring Solar Power to Data Centers in $10M Green Investment

      Data center operator and hosting firm Quality Technology Services announced on Thursday it has constructed new solar power installations at its Richmond and Atlanta Metro Data Centers.

      The move to green energy is an important initiative that more web hosting companies are currently implementing. In addition to reducing energy consumption and power costs, “going green” also improves a web host’s reputation among prospective customers, which could translate into added revenue.

      When fully operational, the two projects will provide a total of one megawatt of power generation capacity to the sites, increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

      QTS’ solar technology installations comes on the heels of its recent efforts to reduce the company’s carbon footprint through its Green Program.

      QTS chief technology officer Brian Johnston announced the developments Wednesday at Uptime Institute Symposium in Santa Clara, California in an Environmental Defense Fund panel discussion alongside executives from ...

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    18. Bits Blog: Twitter Implements Do Not Track Privacy Option

      Bits Blog: Twitter Implements Do Not Track Privacy Option

      It’s no secret that Facebook is worth about $100 billion because it collectedpersonal data about its users. A lot of data.

      Although Twitter tracks its users too — albeit in a much less aggressive way — the company has decided to take a different route. It announced Thursday that it is joining Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox Web browser, and giving its users the ability to opt-out of being tracked in any way through Twitter.

      Twitter is doing this by enabling the Do Not Track feature in the Firefox browser that enables people to opt-out of cookies that collect personal information and any third-party cookies, including those used for advertising. The Do Not Track functionality will only work if a Web site agrees to acknowledge it.

      Twitter said it will allow users to opt-out of cookies that collect personal information used for advertising.

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      Mentions: Facebook
    19. Apple Data Center Will Be Totally Green by 2013

      Apple Data Center Will Be Totally Green by 2013

      Apple Inc , targeted by Greenpeace International over its energy consumption, said its 500,000- square-foot data center in Maiden, North Carolina, will be powered entirely by renewable sources by the end of the year. The move, announced today on Apple’s website, follows a week of protests at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. Greenpeace demonstrators criticized the world’s largest technology company for using too much coal to power the data facility. Apple reiterated its plan t

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    20. DealBook: Spotify Deal Would Value Company at $4 Billion

      DealBook: Spotify Deal Would Value Company at $4 Billion

      Data center operator and hosting firm Quality Technology Services announced on Thursday it has constructed new solar power installations at its Richmond and Atlanta Metro Data Centers.

      The move to green energy is an important initiative that more web hosting companies are currently implementing. In addition to reducing energy consumption and power costs, “going green” also improves a web host’s reputation among prospective customers, which could translate into added revenue.

      When fully operational, the two projects will provide a total of one megawatt of power generation capacity to the sites, increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

      QTS’ solar technology installations comes on the heels of its recent efforts to reduce the company’s carbon footprint through its Green Program.

      QTS chief technology officer Brian Johnston announced the developments Wednesday at Uptime Institute Symposium in Santa Clara, California in an Environmental Defense Fund panel discussion alongside executives from ...

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      Mentions: Europe Yahoo Cisco
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