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    1. Telus builds US$65m green data center in Quebec

      Telus builds US$65m green data center in Quebec
      Canadain telecommunications and hosting provider Telus said it is building a US$65m Tier III data center in Quebec, Canada. The data center will be built by Skanska to LEED Gold standards, will use hydroelectric power and will be built for a PUE of 1.15, according to TELUS Quebec VP François Côté. “The new TELUS Intelligent Internet Data Centre will be a flagship facility; one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly purpose-built data centres of its kind in North America,” Côté said.
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    2. ABB invests in technology for data center energy efficiency

      ABB invests in technology for data center energy efficiency
      ABB has purchased a controlling interest in US-based Validus DC Systems, a provider of direct current (dc) power infrastructure equipment for energy-intensive data centers. DC technology is allegedly more energy efficient than traditional alternating current (ac) technology for electrical distribution. DC systems are reportedly less complex, requiring less space and equipment, resulting in considerable additional savings in real estate and capital expenditure. The investment in Brookfield, CT-based Validus complements ABB’s strong technology platform to bolster its entry into the $24 billion market for telecommunications and data center power infrastructure.
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    3. ABB Invests in Breakthrough Technology for Data Center Energy Efficiency

      ABB Invests in Breakthrough Technology for Data Center Energy Efficiency
      DC technology is substantially more energy efficient than traditional alternating current (AC) technology for electrical distribution. DC systems are also less complex, requiring less space and equipment, resulting in considerable additional savings in real estate and capital expenditure. The investment in Brookfield, CT-based Validus complements ABB’s strong technology platform to bolster its entry into the $24 billion market for telecommunications and data center power infrastructure. “DC systems provide data centers with a game-changing advantage in both operational and capital cost savings and we believe they will be widely adopted in this energy-intensive industry,“ said Tarak Mehta, head of ABB’s Low Voltage Products division.
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    4. U.K. wagers on large-scale wave power

      U.K. wagers on large-scale wave power
      The European Union will consider whether a massive wave energy project from Scotland should receive a piece of a renewable-energy and carbon reduction project fund that could total billions of euros. The Pentland Orkney Wave Energy Resource (POWER) project was nominated this week by the U.K. government for the NER300, a fund managed jointly by the European Commission, European Investment Bank, and member states that's named after the 300 million carbon "allowances" being sold to raise the funds. If approved, funded, and built, the wave energy farm would be the largest grid-connected wave energy farm in the world, according to the Scottish European Green Energy Centre. The POWER project as currently proposed would place 24 wave energy converters from Pelamis Wave Power and 10 Oyster 3 wave energy converters from Aquamarine Power in the Orkneys off the coast of Scotland. They would tie in to the Scottish electric ...
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    5. Dell and Sabey begin construction on Quincy projects

      Dell and Sabey begin construction on Quincy projects
      Datacenter companies Sabey and Dell have begun construction on their Quincy projects. Sabey began the excavation work last week for its 520,000 square-foot Intergate.Quincy site near the intersection of roads 11 and O Northwest. Dell started the dirt work for its 350,000 square-foot datacenter project across D Street Northwest from the Microsoft datacenter last month. The Sabey project will be built in two stages, according to a news release from Sabey Datacenter Properties, which is based in Tukwila. The first phase will include a 135,000 square-foot building and a 190,000 square-foot building. The third building will be completed at a later date.
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    6. Microsoft Data Center GM Timmons Heads to Apple

      Microsoft Data Center GM Timmons Heads to Apple
      Kevin Timmons, who helped build the data centers that power Microsoft’s global cloud computing operation, has left the company and is expected to take a leadership position at Apple. The move strongly hints that Apple is stepping up its plans for an expansion of its data center infrastructure beyond its huge new facility in North Carolina. In confirming Timmons’ departure, Microsoft made no mention of his destination. “Kevin Timmons, general manager of Datacenter Services, has decided to pursue other career opportunities and is no longer working at Microsoft,” said Dayne Sampson, CVP of Global Foundation Services, Microsoft. “We appreciate the contributions he made to Microsoft during his time here.”
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      Mentions: Apple Europe Yahoo
    7. Verizon Scraps Plans for Massive NY Data Center

      Verizon Scraps Plans for Massive NY Data Center
      Verizon has scrapped plans for a 900,000 square foot data center near Buffalo, citing delays in acquiring the land and a lawsuit from a local resident seeking to block the project. The data center could have meant more than $4 billion in investment over the next decade at a site on the shores of Lake Ontario in Somerset, N.Y. The huge communications company had secured an option on 160 acres of land about a half a mile north of Laramie. But on Thursday Verizon told local officials that it was no longer interested in developing the site, citing difficulties in completing the deal with the property owner, AES Corp.
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    8. Microsoft copies Yahoo!’s chicken coop with tractor shed.

      Microsoft copies Yahoo!’s chicken coop with tractor shed.
      The building’s utilitarian appearance belies its many hidden innovations. The structure is virtually transparent to ambient outdoor conditions, allowing us to essentially place our servers and storage outside in the cool air while still protecting it from the elements. The interior layout is specifically designed to allow us to further innovate in the ways that we deploy equipment in future phases of the project. And, like any good barn, the protective shell serves to keep out critters and tumbleweeds. Additional phases have been planned for the Quincy site and will be built based on demand. Those phases will incorporate even more cutting-edge methods to deploy servers and storage in ways that have never been seen before in the industry.
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    9. Dell, Sabey Outline Huge Data Center Projects

      Dell, Sabey Outline Huge Data Center Projects
      Dell plans to build a 350,000 square foot data center on land it recently purchased in Quincy, Washington, while developer Sabey Corp. will build more than 508,000 square feet of mission-critical facilities on a nearby property. The two companies disclosed details of their plans in recent documents filed with local officials. Dell expects to start construction on its project in March, and plans to complete the facility in three phases, with the first phase coming online in 2012. Phase two and phase three are estimated to be built by late 2018. “This construction date is estimated with respect to market demands and power availability,” the company said in a filing with the city of Quincy.
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    10. Hydropower Makes Data Centre Carbon Neutral

      Hydropower Makes Data Centre Carbon Neutral
      IT hosting company UKFast is claiming to be the first carbon neutral hosting company in Britain, after achieving the PAS 2060 (Publicly Available Specification 2060) certification of carbon neutrality published by the British Standards Institution. Colombia, Antioquia Department - La Cascada The PAS certification confirms that all of UKFast’s in-house CO2 emissions have been offset – from staff travel to data centre emissions. The offsetting has been achieved through contributions to three large-scale hydroelectric power schemes in Columbia (left), Brazil and Turkey.
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      Mentions: Europe
    11. With NC Site, Facebook Rebuffs Greenpeace

      With NC Site, Facebook Rebuffs Greenpeace
      Facebook isn’t going to let Greenpeace push its data centers around. That’s the clear conclusion from Facebook’s decision to locate its second company-built data center in North Carolina. The social network has been under relentless pressure from Greenpeace to build its data centers in areas where it can use renewable energy to power its servers. Facebook’s choice of North Carolina shows that the company continues to see energy efficient facilities as the best way to reduce its carbon impact, rather than placing data centers near renewable energy sources. In recent weeks, Facebook has published several case studies of energy efficiency projects that have reduced the carbon impact of the company’s data centers.
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    12. Dell Plans Data Center in Washington State

      Dell Plans Data Center in Washington State
      Dell has purchased property in the growing data center hub of Quincy, Washington in connection with a secretive data center project known as “Project Roosevelt.” County records indicate that Dell Marking LP has paid $3.6 million to purchase a property in the Port of Quincy from Michael and Marsha Rodgers, according to local media.
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      Mentions: Dell Microsoft Corp
    13. Verizon Offered 25 MW of Power in NY State

      Verizon Offered 25 MW of Power in NY State
      The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has allocated 25 megawatts of hydro-electric power for a proposed Verizon data center that could bring hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in Niagara County, N.Y. The NYPA Board of Trustees last week approved the for the proposed 900,000 square foot data center project on Lake Road in Somerset, Securing the power was seen as a key step in the region’s bid to secure the huge Verizon project, which the company says could involve up to $3 billion in investment over a 20-year period.
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    14. Verizon Outlines Plans for Huge NY Data Center

      Verizon Outlines Plans for Huge NY Data Center
      Verizon is moving ahead with plans to build a mammoth data center campus in Somerset, N.Y. on the shores of Lake Ontario. The company outlined plans to spend $500 million to build 900,000 square feet of data center space, which it will fill with up to $3.4 billion worth of equipment over the 20-year life of the facility. Combined with land, utilities and other costs, the project represents a total investment of about $4.5 billion, according to the Buffalo News.
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    15. Yahoo Building Next ‘Coop’ in Switzerland

      Yahoo Building Next ‘Coop’ in Switzerland
      The Yahoo Computing Coop is coming to Europe. Yahoo confirmed Thursday that it will build its next major data center in Avenches, Switzerland. The new facility, which will come online in 2012, will use a Yahoo design that allows the data center to be cooled with fresh air, foregoing the use of energy-hungry chillers. This approach, modeled loosely on heat management principles used in chicken coops, was first implemented in the company’s new data center in Lockport, New York.
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      Mentions: Europe Yahoo
    16. Data centers shuffle off to Buffalo

      Data centers shuffle off to Buffalo
      Buffalo, N.Y., is becoming one of the hot locations for data centers, partly because of the low cost of hydroelectric power from nearby Niagara Falls. Jim Duffy in Network World reports that Yahoo recently opened a green data center in nearby Lockport and cites a Business First of Buffalo report that Verizon is considering a new data center in Niagara County. In addition into relatively cheap power, the Buffalo area also has cool temperatures, which brings down power costs, and tends to be free of earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters, according to Network World.
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    17. GreenQloud Partners with Scality for Green Cloud Hosting and Storage

      GreenQloud Partners with Scality for Green Cloud Hosting and Storage
      Renewable-energy-rich Iceland offers a lucrative opportunity for organizations' data center and colocation needs, according to Lisa Rhodes, marketing and sales vice president of wholesale data center developer Verne Global. “A core value in the Verne Global model is to achieve the lowest total cost of operations and Iceland's unique landscape makes this a real possibility with an abundance of inexpensive, 100-percent renewable energy supplied by the region's hydro-electric and geothermal electricity resources combined with an advanced smart grid technology,” she said in a Q&A interview with the WHIR. According to GreenQloud’s Tuesday announcement, the Icelandic company will enable it to launch what it describes as the “world's first truly green cloud service,” which is powered solely by Iceland’s geothermal and hydro-electric power. Currently in beta, its cloud services are available for rent by the hour, and clients only pay for what they use so ...
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    18. Verizon Eyes NY State for Major Data Center

      Verizon Eyes NY State for Major Data Center
      Verizon Communications is considering Somerset, N.Y. as the site of major data center that could bring up to $500 million in investment. The huge telecom company is in negotiations to acquire a 160-acre piece of land on the shores of Lake Ontario. “We do have interest in this parcel,” Verizon spokesperson John Bonomo told local media. “We are considering other sites in other states as well.” Local officials in the Buffalo region have been working to land Verizon, but have maintained secrecy about the identity of the prospect, using the code name “Project Oasis” to refer to the development.
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      Mentions: Yahoo
    19. Yahoo Spreads its Wings with 'Chicken Coop' Data Center

      Yahoo Spreads its Wings with 'Chicken Coop' Data Center
      Yahoo's latest data center, which we first wrote about earlier this year, brings the decidedly low-tech ideas of chicken farming to the server farm, and showcases the big green potential of small ideas. The "Yahoo Computing Coop" is based on the principles of chicken coop design: A series of long, tall buildings aligned along the path of the prevailing winds, the Coop is able to harness those winds for free cooling for most of the year, much as chicken farmers use the wind to clear out the smells of hundreds or thousands of chickens.
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      Mentions: Greenpeace Yahoo
    20. Quincy Generator Cluster Draws Scrutiny

      Quincy Generator Cluster Draws Scrutiny
      Economic development officials love clusters of huge Internet data centers. But environmental officials are less enthused about large clusters of diesel generators. The town of Quincy, Washington has both, serving as home to major data centers for Microsoft, Yahoo and Intuit (with another project from Sabey Corp. on the way). Each of the data centers in Quincy uses banks of generators to provide backup power in the event of a utility outage. Diesel engine exhaust is a regulated pollutant, and can be toxic in high concentrations, so state regulators routinely review permits for generators.
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    21. Data Center Day in Quincy

      Data Center Day in Quincy
      The farm town of Quincy, Washington has been the biggest beneficiary of the state legislature’s recent approval of targeted tax incentives for the data center industry. The measure, which provides a 15-month sales tax exemption on the purchase and installation of computers and energy for new data centers in 32 rural counties, was a key factor in Microsoft’s decision to begin construction on a second major data center in Quincy. On Monday the Port of Quincy hosted a special reception to celebrate the passage of the data center tax incentive legislation. Local officials and data center executives were joined by Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, who signed the bill into law.
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    22. Rackforce builds a Green Data Center Stack with Cisco UCS Servers

      Rackforce builds a Green Data Center Stack with Cisco UCS Servers
      I had the pleasure of spending 1 1/2 hrs chatting with Brian Fry VP of Sales and Marketing from RackForce and Kash Shaikh sr marketing manager of Cisco's Data Center Switch. There is no way I can capture all we talked about in one blog entry, so let's start with an overall approach that was refreshing and logical to see. I asked Brian Fry what led him to pick the Cisco UCS solution. The simple thing that Brian explained is he wanted the least amount of people to support using the least amount of power. Now if that isn't a path to a Green Data Center, I don't know what is. Yet, few take this approach.
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