1. Green Data Center News

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    1. 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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    2. 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
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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
    7. Samsung's IoT jumpstart should be a wakeup call

      The Internet of Things (IoT) has been plodding along with everyone jockeying for positions. Carriers want to make it a 5G thing, Microsoft wants to make it a cloud thing and so on. Samsung is going for market leadership plain and simple, holding a high profile launch announcement in Washington, DC this week under the line #VisionForTech along with a $1.2 billion R&D commitment. 

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    8. Peak fossil fuels in a decade, says Bloomberg, but...

      Bloomberg New Energy Finance  (BNEF) has done a 25-year projection of global energy markets. I'll hold my nose about the timeframe—a lot can happen in over two decades—but the forecast says there are a whopping eight (8) major trends that are shifting the market. You may get a green data center in a decade not because you planned it, but due to the continued proliferation of renewable power around the globe. 

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      Mentions: Doug Mohney
    9. Data, Apples and Looking at the Whole Pie

      Data is everywhere. More today than ever before and it will double and triple in the years to come. Data is like apples – ubiquitous. Everyone likes apples, they keep the doctor away, easy to pack into school lunches and they make great pies. And just like data, they come in a wide variety, some sweet, some sour, some good for baking and some that are part of the mythology of the Norse gods, are golden. 

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      Mentions: Iceland Europe
    10. Intel's death of a thousand cuts through the data center

      As Moore's Law appears to be coming to an end, the clock is ticking for Intel. The company's silicon has defined commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware for decades, but Intel's purity in making Moore's Law a corporate strategy may ultimately lead to its demise as power consumption and better performance per watt continue to rise.  Intel is facing a slow death, compounded by failures it has made in diversifying away from its core x86 business. 

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      Mentions: Intel Google Nvidia
    11. Document & Change (D&C) is the next Big Data thing

      Today's big trend/fad/money-making scheme is building the Internet of Things (IoT) and feeding the wealth of data from a gazillion little sensors into big data analytics to monitor things and spot trends, such as when a particular widget (part, motor) wears out and needs to be replaced, preferably in a proactive (before it breaks) fashion.

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      Mentions: Doug Mohney BMW
    12. Going Beyond Renewable Credits to Actual Energy

      Plenty of large organizations are carbon neutral - even those using lots of electricity. But mostly they get there by an indirect route, buying renewable credits or using power purchase agreements (PPAs) rather than directly using renewable power. Microsoft says it wants to ge beyond that, and use more renewable power directly.

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      Mentions: Apple Google Forbes
    13. Portugal vs. Germany vs. Ohio in Green

      The future is Portugal, the headaches are in Cleveland. Roughly a week or so ago Portugal, a country of 10.8 million people (2015 count), ran for 107 hours on all renewable sources. I suppose that made all the data centers in the country "green" by some set of metrics. Germany nearly went all-renewable on Sunday, May 15. Meanwhile, politicians in Ohio ideologically squabbled over renewable energy standards and efficiency mandates.

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    14. Balancing Energy Security, Economics for Data Centers

      With data needs continuing to accelerate, today's IT department is pressed to provide more capacity while making sure the flow of data never stops. The big risk factor for the data center of late is electricity reliability, as discussed in the "Mind the Gap: Energy Availability and the Disconnect with Data" webinar sponsored by Verne Global.

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    15. Get Ready For Data from the Sky

      Modern society is on a ramp for new information pouring out of the skies due to a boom in earth imaging and small satellite clouds. And that's even before I start adding next-generation low flying, low-latency broadband constellations starting to move from talking points to actual hardware. Data centers need to start rethinking what satellite communications actually will mean

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      Mentions: Google Doug Mohney
    16. No Hurry in Shutting Down the PSTN Means More CO2

      Orlando, Florida – GENBAND CEO David Walsh has been trying to grease the skids for a transition from the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to all IP for two to three years. He says phone companies are starting to switch – no pun intended – from legacy equipment to new gear, but every service provider seems to have a different time table, a different methodology, and no real hurry to clean house. But every day of delay burns plenty of electricity and water.

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