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    1. If Silver Lake brokers Yahoo deal, don't you think there will be a data center deal for Silver Lake?

      If Silver Lake brokers Yahoo deal, don't you think there will be a data center deal for Silver Lake?
      WSJ writes on Silver Lake brokering a purchase of Yahoo. Private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners is working with one of its investors, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and Microsoft Corp. to put together a proposal to buy Yahoo Inc., people familiar with the matter said.Under the proposal being discussed, Microsoft would put up several billion dollars of funding, with additional financing being arranged by banks, the people said. Silver Lake and the CPP Investment Board would kick in the rest of the amount, which would be less than what Microsoft contributes, the people said. Now, if Silver Lake is smart which they are. Don't you think there is a good chance that there is a data center deal in there somewhere? Another deal scenario being discussed by interested parties is a complex, multipart bid for Yahoo led by Alibaba, where the Chinese company gets back Yahoo's ...
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    2. Yahoo Meets Low Earnings Expectations

      Yahoo Meets Low Earnings Expectations
      Yahoo Inc lived up to lackluster third-quarter expectations, but the struggling Internet portal was tight-lipped about efforts to find a new Chief Executive or explore a sale. Shares of Yahoo, which fired former CEO Carol Bartz in early September before the end of the third quarter, gained roughly 3 percent to $15.98 in after hours trading on Tuesday. "It looks OK, nothing spectacular, but nothing disastrous, and nothing disastrous is good news for these guys," said Macquarie Research analyst Ben Schachter. Yahoo's profit and revenue slipped year-on-year during the third quarter, as the company saw weakness in sales of its so-called non-premium online display ads, as well as in its search advertising business.
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    3. Kevin Timmons Joins CyrusOne as CTO

      Kevin Timmons Joins CyrusOne as CTO
      CyrusOne, the data center solutions unit of Cincinnati Bell, has hired industry veteran Kevin Timmons as its new chief technology officer (CTO), the company said today. Timmons has led data center teams at Microsoft and Yahoo, focusing on building efficient Internet-scale data centers on a budget. He left Microsoft earlier this year, reportedly to take a position at Apple. Today’s announcement made no mention of Timmons and Apple, which rarely discusses its data center operations. CyrusOne in Expansion Mode But there’s plenty of activity to keep Timmons busy at CyrusOne, which has been in expansion mode since being bought by Cincinnati Bell in 2009. The high-density colocation specialist, which has built a major footprint in Texas, recently unveiled plans to build an enormous data center in Phoenix, which will reach 1 million square feet of space upon completion. The announcement marks the most ambitious expansion yet
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    4. Microsoft comes a long way with Water use in Quincy, Transfers water treatment plant to City of Quincy

      Microsoft comes a long way with Water use in Quincy, Transfers water treatment plant to City of Quincy
      When Microsoft's Quincy data center opened, I was able to get a tour of the data center.  One of the questions I asked is how much water does the data center use.  I asked the data center operations staff, they didn't know.  I asked the data center design team, they didn't know either.  And, a response was why do you want to know?  Because I think you use lots of water, and it is an issue in a green data center. When I went back out to the data center a few months later, the data center operation team said they are storing blow-down water in tanks, and they have 6 months before the tanks fill up.  This problem was not unique to Microsoft as other data center operators had blow-down water that cannot be put into the waste stream. A water treatment plant was built to ...
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    5. Microsoft to Slash its Water Impact in Quincy

      Microsoft to Slash its Water Impact in Quincy
      In a move that will save millions of gallons of potable water for the local community, Microsoft has teamed with the city of Quincy, Washington to retool the city’s water treatment infrastructure. As part of the partnership, a multi-million dollar water treatment plant built by Microsoft to support its data center will be leased to the city of Quincy for just $10 a year. The plant will be retrofitted and expanded to support the water reuse initiative, which will allow other nearby businesses and data centers to benefit.. Microsoft’s existing water treatment plant infrastructure was built to reuse the water from the local farming community’s food processing plant. The plant would filter that water and use it to cool the Microsoft data center. Afterwards, they would filter the water again before returning it to the aquifer.
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    6. Dell Readies Major Cloud Hub in Quincy

      Dell Readies Major Cloud Hub in Quincy
      Dell is getting busy in its global data center expansion to support its push into cloud computing services. This morning the company announced plans to open a new UK data center in Slough, a suburb of London. At this afternoon’s DellWorld event in Austin, Texas, the company discussed its plans to build a major new cloud hosting facility in Quincy, a major data center hub in Washington state. Both projects are part of Dell’s initiative to invest $1 billion in building a fleet of 10 data centers around the world to host cloud services for customers. Dell bought 80 acres of land in Quincy last year, and will launch a first phase of 40,000 square feet of data center space by the end of the year, Dell executives said. Like the new UK facility, the structure at the Washington state project will divided into two sections – a ...
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    7. Vantage Data Centers to build in Quincy

      Vantage Data Centers to build in Quincy
      Vantage Data Centers to build in QuincyColumbia Basin Heraldbased Vantage Data Centers selected Quincy as its first data center in Washington state because of Grant County's affordable hydropower. "Energy efficiency has a very big payoff for the companies and the communities," said Greg Ness, the company's vice ...and more »
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    8. ‘Zero Emissions’ Wholesale Data Center Coming to Iceland

      ‘Zero Emissions’ Wholesale Data Center Coming to Iceland
      Colt, the British data center specialist, is building what it and partner Verne Global call a “zero emissions” data center slated to come online by year’s end. More News From GigaOm ‘Zero Emissions’ Wholesale Data Center Coming to Iceland Apple Highlights TV Content on iOS in App Store Section ShortForm’s Social Channels Add Videos From Facebook, Twitter More Than 1/3 of U.S. Android Phones Run on 4G Judge May Grant Brief Injunction in Australian iPad Patent Case The new facility, to be located on an old NATO base in Iceland, will run solely on geothermal and hydroelectric power, the availability of which make Iceland attractive for building data centers. Colt built the 37 modules that will make up the 500-square-meter facility and will ship them to Keyflavik, Iceland, for installation next month and to be operational within four months, according to a blog post by Bernard ...
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    9. Vantage Expands With Project in Quincy

      Vantage Expands With Project in Quincy
      Data center developer Vantage Data Centers will build a large data center campus in Quincy, Washington and has lined up a Fortune 50 company as its first tenant, the company said today. The project is the second for Vantage, which was founded in 2009 and has quickly built and leased two wholesale data center buildings in Santa Clara, Calif. Vantage, which is backed by the private equity fund Silver Lake Partners, is under contract to purchase 63 acres of land in Quincy, a major data center hub in central Washington state that is already home to facilities for Microsoft, Yahoo and Intuit, with Sabey and Dell also building new data centers.
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    10. Will Changes at Yahoo Impact Hosting Operations?

      Will Changes at Yahoo Impact Hosting Operations?
      Carol Bartz is out as the CEO at Yahoo. Does that mean anything for the company's data center and hosting operations? In recent years Yahoo has been overhauling its infrastructure to run its IT infrastructure more efficiently, saving the company many millions of dollars in the process.
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    11. Level 3 Buys 100% Renewable Power for Three Data Centers

      Level 3 Buys 100% Renewable Power for Three Data Centers
      Level 3 Communications has taken three colocation facilities 100 percent renewable. The communications services provider has signed up to a 100 percent green energy product with the electricity providers for one colocation center in Amsterdam and two facilities in London. The green power product sources its energy from hydroelectric, wind and solar. This is backed up by the energy producer’s proof of origin and is checked on a regular basis by independent auditors, Level 3 says. NYSE Euronext recently announced it had become the first carbon-neutral global exchange operator with initiatives including the installation of an array of solar panels at its Basildon, England data center. Besides its energy efficiency and conservation efforts, the company also bought Green-e certified renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets.
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    12. Quincy Data Center Diesel Generator Count is up to 132 with Dell and Sabey most recent addition

      Quincy Data Center Diesel Generator Count is up to 132 with Dell and Sabey most recent addition
      Wenatchee World has an article on the diesel generators permitted by the Washington Dept of Ecology. Ecology issues more generator permits By K.C. MehaffeyWorld staff writer Wednesday, August 31, 2011 QUINCY — The state Department of Ecology on Friday issued an air quality permit to Sabey Corp., allowing the company to install 44 backup generators for a 520,000-square-foot Intergate-Quincy Data Center in case of a power outage. On Aug. 5, Ecology approved 28 backup generators for the Dell Data Center in Quincy. Last year, Microsoft won approval to expand its diesel generators to 37, and early this year, Yahoo! was granted permission to increase its generators to 23. This brings the total diesel generators permitted to 132. That brings the total number of approved backup generators in Quincy to 132. The state agency evaluated the potential health risks from that much diesel exhaust, which has several toxic pollutants.
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    13. Data centers drawn to Washington State by cheap clean power and connectivity

      Data centers drawn to Washington State by cheap clean power and connectivity
      Data centers drawn to Washington State by cheap clean power and connectivityDatacenterDynamicsThese methods can result in free cooling for more than 90% of the year. As early as the mid 1990s, public utilities in the counties of Eastern Washington saw the potential growth in data centers and had the foresight to begin installing extensive ...
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    14. Scotland's Next Wave: Marine Power

      Scotland's Next Wave: Marine Power
      From his office in a converted Victorian schoolhouse, Neil Kermode can see little more than centuries-old stone buildings and narrow streets better suited to horse carts than Land Rovers. Yet Kermode, head of the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, will tell you he can also see the future. Orkney, a collection of green, hilly islands where the North Sea collides with the Atlantic Ocean, has become a testing ground for wave and tidal power, technologies that will be instrumental in helping Scotland reach its goal of getting all its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. “The bit of alchemy of turning seawater into electricity has been done,” Kermode says as he gazes out at the busy harbor in Stromness, a 90-minute ferry ride from the Scottish mainland. “Now what we’ve got to do is to industrialize it and do it reliably.”
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    15. In Pacific NW, 1 nuclear plant is more expensive to maintain than 31 hydro-electric plants

      In Pacific NW, 1 nuclear plant is more expensive to maintain than 31 hydro-electric plants
      Washington State has one nuclear power plant that is up for renewal. Seattle Times science reporter PREV 6 of 6 NEXT RICHLAND — When Washington's only commercial nuclear-power plant applied for license renewal last year, the timing seemed charmed. Hailed as a clean alternative to carbon-belching coal and gas, atomic power was poised for a renaissance. Operators at the Columbia Generating Station near Richland were so bullish on the technology they talked about expanding with small, modular reactors. In another Seattletimes article discussing the cost and benefits of nuclear power, the maintenance cost is mentioned. Looking only at operating and maintenance costs, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) puts the price at 3.6 cents per kwh. Hydropower costs about 2.8 cents per kwh. BPA has had to boost rates — including a proposed 8 percent increase for 2012-13 — to pay for upgrades at the nuclear-power plant. According to a 2009 BPA ...
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    16. Scotland Aims to Be the Arabia of Green Energy

      Scotland Aims to Be the Arabia of Green Energy
      Above the entrance to a converted school in the Orkney Islands, off the northern tip of Scotland, a line from John F. Kennedy is inscribed on the wall: “We need people who can dream of things that never were.” Beyond the portals of the European Marine Energy Centre, researchers are seeking to transform this island archipelago into a global hub of the renewable age. Situated where the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean collide, a maritime crossroads that Vikings featured in their sagas, companies such as EON AG and Iberdrola SA are today drawn to Orkney as a test bed for the latest wave and tidal power technologies.
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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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