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    1. Stop “5G will bring mini data center” madness

      Stop “5G will bring mini data center” madness

      The latest “more is better” meme for data centers is the internet of things (iot) bringing more servers in the world to cell towers. Each cell tower will have to be a mini data center because, goes the theory of the week, analysis of lots of little iot things will be down on a localized level rather than having to run back data to a centralized cloud. Of course, said theory flies in the face of about a decade plus of everything in creation moving into the data center.

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      Mentions: Doug Mohney
    2. It's the New-is-Old Distributed Data Center (again)

      It's the New-is-Old Distributed Data Center (again)

      IHS Markit is the latest entity discussing the concept of "edge data centers," basically small(er) facilities at the edge of the network. I'm having déjà vu all over again, since it smacks of a bit of glorified content distribution network (CDN) schemes and a bit of AOL's 2012 plan to have "micro data centers" to distribute computing capacity across the network for scaling. 

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      Mentions: Doug Mohney
    3. New York State commits to renewable energy – who’s next?

      New York State commits to renewable energy – who’s next?

      New York has officially set a goal to have at least half of its power to come from renewable sources by 2030. It’s the latest entity and the fourth state in the U.S. to set the bar high for clean power, abet with some sweeteners for the nuclear industry. The question becomes who is next and how soon will they jump on board the green bandwagon.

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      Mentions: Doug Mohney
    4. Augmented Reality beats Virtual Reality

      Augmented Reality beats Virtual Reality

      Pokémon GO is all the rage this month. Whether or not it will be sustainable is another story, but the success of the augmented reality (AR) game cannot be denied. It might be the best proof point yet that AR will be much more successful than virtual reality (VR) for making money and in time-to-market. The land rush to AR is going to be interesting.

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    5. Google AIs power savings

      Google AIs power savings

      About two years ago, Google shelled out $400 million to purchase DeepMind, an artificial intelligence (AI) company. Since then, DeepMind is beating humans at the game of Go, but the company is getting a real-world return on investment by using the tech to reduce energy consumption in its data centers. It is, forgive the pun, a hot topic since Google is constantly building and expanding data centers with data center power usage as one of its largest ongoing operational expense (OPEX) costs. 

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      Mentions: Google Doug Mohney
    6. Richer models for storage, solar energy expanding options for all

      Richer models for storage, solar energy expanding options for all

      It's all about the batteries this week. California and the city of Indianapolis, Indiana announced grid storage deals that are harbingers of the future.  Storage may be the key that, down the road, makes the use of cheap natural gas go away. It also could be the key to getting some reluctant utilities deeper into the renewable business, with happy consequences for the environment and data centers.

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    7. Renewable energy: National noise vs. local action

      Renewable energy: National noise vs. local action

      Last week the leaders of North America announced Yet Another Grand Plan (YAGP) to reduce carbon emissions. Sounds great, but data centers need to focus on the local if they want to tap into clean energy. National leaders can set the tone, but more often than not, policy makers at the local, city and state level are setting the stage (or blocking the runway) for increased access to renewable power. 

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      Mentions: Doug Mohney
    8. When is risk a factor in your location choice

      When is risk a factor in your location choice

      Here’s some good news for Nordic countries. Astudy named Iceland as the least risky place to put a data center,with Norway, Finland and Sweden also in the top five. The UK and the US had both dropped: they were at numbers nine and ten respectively, having fallen from the top two positions when the study was last done. 

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    9. Brexit-confusion for data centers

      Brexit-confusion for data centers

      I’m based in the UK, and write about data centers. You might expect me to have a definitive answer to how the recent “Brexit” vote will affect data centers. I’m sorry to disappoint you.  Just over a week ago, Britain voted narrowly in a referendum, to leave the European Union. This immediately sparked political and economic uncertainty. For last week’s column, I gratefully seized on some interesting US news rather than weigh in too early. 

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    10. Crowded sky, crowded roof?

      Crowded sky, crowded roof?

      A number of firms have plans to build large-scale, low Earth orbit (LEO) communications networks, launching hundreds to thousands of small satellite. If more than two or three succeed—and there's quite a bit of IF starting to form from where I sit—we could see some disruption of the existing terrestrial fiber network and the need to clear some space on your data center roof for antennas. On the other hand, most projects are still more PowerPoint than reality. 

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    11. Innovation, Data and the Big What If

      Innovation, Data and the Big What If

      Over the past decade, economies around the world have been driven by innovation in terms of how we play, work, connect and stay informed. It’s changed the way businesses are run, how children learn and products are designed, developed and manufactured. For many, this drive to innovate has been built on a road paved by the information highway. While the world has seen technology move forward in leaps and bounds, one fundamental part of the innovation infrastructure has been built on has languished and that is the power grid. 

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      Mentions: Europe Edison
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