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    1. Thales Cuts Energy Use 10%, CO2 Emissions 4%

      Thales Cuts Energy Use 10%, CO2 Emissions 4%
      In Doncaster, UK, the data center’s free-cooling system has cut the energy bill by 13 percent and the investment has paid for itself in less than two years. The optimization of IT resources and the virtualization of more than 2,000 servers have decreased the number of servers by 25 percent and their usage by 20 percent. The technology company is also selecting more eco-friendly suppliers. In its request for proposals for office supplies, Thales now includes environmental factors such as eco-friendly products with less packaging, which has resulted in a penetration rate of 30 percent for green office supplies.
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    2. IBM, Toyota, SoCal Edison Partner for Green Data Center Project

      IBM, Toyota, SoCal Edison Partner for Green Data Center Project
      As part of a study of Toyota Motor Sales' 20,000 square foot data center over five months, using IBM measurement and management technologies cut cooling needs by 30 percent and resulted in smarter energy use in the facility. IBM announced the results of the collaboration today, which took place over the course of five months in the automaker's Torrance, Calif., data center. The two companies put IBM's Measurement and Management Technologies tool to work in the data center, measuring and managing the energy used in the facility, and highlighting areas where energy efficiency could be increased and overall energy use decreased.
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    3. eBay undertakes an ambitious green initiative

      eBay undertakes an ambitious green initiative
      As an e-commerce company, eBay has a relatively small carbon footprint with a majority of the company’s environmental impact coming from the energy consumed by its data centers,” eBay said in reporting its commitment. “The company’s approach to data management and infrastructure will be a key efficiency driver. In 2010, eBay will unveil a new state-of-the-art green data center that will house more than a third of its global data infrastructure. The site, which is being built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold standards in South Jordan, Utah, will deliver state-of-the-art efficiencies in cooling and power management, as well as in IT infrastructure and software.
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    4. Facebook Now Has 30,000 Servers

      Facebook Now Has 30,000 Servers
      How many servers does Facebook have? For some time now, the stock answer has been “more than 10,000 servers,” a number the company began using in April 2008. Facebook has continued to use that number, even as it has soared past 300 million users and dramatically expanded its data center space. We now have an update: Facebook has 30,000 servers supporting its operations. That number comes from Jeff Rothschild, the vice president of technology at Facebook, who discussed the company’s infrastructure in a presentation last week at UC San Diego (link via High Scalability). “Today we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 servers,” Rothschild said during the Q&A session following his talk, adding that the number ”will be different today than it was yesterday” because Facebook is adding capacity on a daily basis.
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    5. Iceland looks to serve the world

      Iceland looks to serve the world
      Since the financial crisis, Iceland has been forced to retreat back from high octane bubble living to nature. Fortunately, there is a lot of that nature to retreat to. It is a breathtaking world of volcanoes, endless prairies and ethereal winter landscapes. Not, you might think, the most obvious place to stick millions of the world’s computer servers which are, for all their uses, rather less attractive. But the country now wants exactly that - to become home to the world’s computing power. Behind all the large internet companies lurk massive and ever growing data centres chock full of servers churning away. Google for instance is thought to have around a million of the things, but even less IT intensive operations, banks for example, need hundreds of thousands of servers to store all their data. Up to 60% extra energy is required to cool computer servers in the UK ...
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    6. Intel Consolidates Data Centers to Reduce Costs

      Intel Consolidates Data Centers to Reduce Costs
      Leading chip manufacturer Intel (www.intel.com) is undergoing a four-year refresh cycle for servers to consolidate its data centers, which stands to save the company close to $250 million in operating costs over eight years, said Intel CTO Diane Bryant on Tuesday. So far, the company has widdled its 147 data centers down to around 70, said Bryant. From 2007 to 2015, the company hopes to save $250 million in costs related to data centers, including cooling, system maintenance and support. Launched in 2007, the four-year refresh cycle for servers implements faster chips, consolidates servers and stores more applications in virtualized environments.
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    7. Belly Of The Beast- Microsoft Data Center in Chicago

      Belly Of The Beast- Microsoft Data Center in Chicago
      Opened on July 20 in Northlake, Ill., it is Microsoft's newest and largest data center, a machine that unites several hundred thousand computer servers in the task of taking Microsoft, and much of corporate America, into a continually changing online world. The building's raw statistics suggest a powerful, monolithic force. The data center's 702,000 square feet of space consumed 3,400 tons of steel, 2,400 tons of copper and 26,000 cubic feet of concrete. Inside its vast open rooms are 190 miles of cable-holding conduit pipes, and 7.5 miles of chilled water to cool off the servers. It is the first point of consumption for the nuclear-fueled Elmhurst power grid, initially taking 30 megawatts of power, enough power to supply 20,000 U.S. homes, with plans to take 30 megawatts more.
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    8. Is Networking Gear the Last Stand Against Commoditization in the Data Center?

      Is Networking Gear the Last Stand Against Commoditization in the Data Center?
      Brocade’s hanging of a “for sale” sign shines the spotlight on the one area of cloud and enterprise expansion that up until now has been largely overlooked: the network. Pick your model — cloud or enterprise — and it’s clear that while the list of server vendors is long, the single-source networking choices are few and far between. And as both cloud and enterprise markets move to commodity architectures that stress scale-out server approaches using IP and Ethernet networking, the importance of robust networking infrastructure becomes even greater. In the face of this transformation, will networking remain the last piece of the data center puzzle in which brand names still matter?
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      Mentions: Google Cisco IBM
    9. VMWare opens a green data center in Wenatchee

      VMWare opens a green data center in Wenatchee
      While a tax law prompted Microsoft to move its cloud business Azure out of Washington state, the state just attracted a software company, VMWare, to build its data center in Wenatchee. VMWare, a software company and Microsoft competitor in Palo Alto, Calif., opened a 61,000-square-foot data center in Wenatchee in January to consolidate several smaller labs and data centers the company was using to run and test its virtualization software. The company's chief executive officer Paul Maritz, is a former top exeuctive at Microsoft.
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    10. Easy and Hard Path to Green - by Doug Mohney

      Easy and Hard Path to Green - by Doug Mohney
      Government entities are finding that there's no simple answers when it comes to going green, reports Federal Computer Week – welcome to the club, guys! The article, "How green is your data?," points out that organizations are going for easy wins in server hardware, but need to look at data and storage as another opportunity to right size servers. The top three energy saving measures among feds are moving to LCD monitors, buy Energy Star-compliant gear and pursue server virtualization, says a CDW Government report on energy-efficient IT. On the server side, there's plenty of data from vendors talking up their newer, energy-efficient products, but little information on how to save data-related energy costs and the return on investment – not to mention that fewer servers runs counter to the comp plans of hardware vendors.
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    11. How green is your data?

      How green is your data?
      “The typical interest in green and sustainability is around the data center and energy efficiency, but organizations across the spectrum are beginning to realize there are other dimensions,” said Harsh Sharma, chairman of the Object Management Group’s Sustainability Special Interest Group. “How green is your data? That’s another important dimension.” But with a few exceptions, government entities, like everyone else, appear to be focused on hardware when it comes to green initiatives. A CDW Government report on energy-efficient IT listed the top three energy-saving measures among federal agencies interviewed for the study: migrate to LCD monitors, buy Energy Star-compliant gear and pursue server virtualization.
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    12. Ibm's Data Center Remodel Saves 98 Percent of Costs, Boosts Capacity 8x

      Ibm's Data Center Remodel Saves 98 Percent of Costs, Boosts Capacity 8x
      n an hour-long webcast yesterday, IBM showed how putting the company's own technology to work on overhauling its Lexington, Ky., data center highlights the potential of energy efficient IT projects. The webcast, featuring IBM's VP of Global Technology Services, Steven Sams, in conversation with GreenBiz.com Executive Editor Joel Makower, showed how CIOs are starting to take green IT seriously, and how IT can expand business operations while cutting costs companywide.
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    13. Report: EC2 Running 40,000 Servers

      Report: EC2 Running 40,000 Servers
      We’ve long wondered about the scale and profitability of Amazon’s fast-growing cloud computing operation, Amazon Web Services. Recent research by Guy Rosen has gleaned some information about the number of public web sites hosted on EC2, as well as daily instance activity on the platform. Now comes an interesting nugget that offers some insight intoAmazon’s data center operations: Randy Bias of CloudScaling says that Amazon is running 40,000 servers to support EC2, citing two sources for the number. Randy uses that as the basis for a calculation of how much revenue Amazon may be generating from EC2 (his ballpark is $220 million to $260 million annually).
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    14. Can Cloud Computing Ever Truly Be Sustainable?

      Can Cloud Computing Ever Truly Be Sustainable?
      Data centers aren't exactly known for their sustainability--the power hogs are responsible for 1.5% of all power use in the United States. But as cloud computing, the IT golden child that uses mega-data centers to store information, becomes more popular, so do data centers. Without energy efficiency measures, data center consumption will total $7.4 billion annually by 2011 (compared to $4.5 billion today). So what can be done to save cloud computing without bleeding cash and energy?
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      Mentions: Google IBM
    15. Intel's Next Target

      Intel's Next Target
      Intel executives spent an unusual amount of time at this year's Intel Developer Forum talking about enterprise servers--and for good reason. After nearly a decade of trying to make inroads into the high-performance area dominated by companies like IBM and Sun Microsystems, Intel finally may have found an opening. What's changed is that the battle is becoming less about creating the fastest processors on the planet. For many companies, it doesn't matter anymore; there's plenty of processing power for most applications. The real key these days is saving the most power and creating the fewest bottlenecks, and these are areas where Intel ( INTC - news - people ) shines as well as any company making computer processors today.
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    16. Supercomputing In The Enterprise

      Supercomputing In The Enterprise
      Virtualization and cloud computing sound logical enough on paper, but exactly how do you get there from here and what sorts of problems can you encounter along the way? These questions have already been answered by the supercomputing world, where a select few have been wrestling with these problems for years--usually with huge government grants and budgets that dwarf the resources of even the best-equipped corporate data centers. In an ironic twist, that approach to computing is now being used to save money.
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    17. SGI Unveils Octane™ III Personal Supercomputer

      SGI Unveils Octane™ III Personal Supercomputer
      FREMONT, Calif. — SGI® (NASDAQ: SGI) announced the immediate availability of Octane™ III, the company’s first personal supercomputer. This new product takes high-performance computing to a new level by combining the immense power and performance capabilities of a high-performance deskside cluster with the portability and usability of a workstation. The Octane III is uniquely suited for workplace environments and supports a vast range of distributed technical computing applications. Octane III is office-ready with a pedestal, one-by-two-foot form factor, whisper-quiet operations, easy-to-use features, low maintenance requirements and support for standard office power outlets. While a typical workstation has only eight cores and moderate memory capacity, the superior design of the Octane III permits up to 80 high-performance cores and nearly 1TB of memory for unparalleled performance.
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    18. Raise Server temperatures until errors, Intel demos MCA

      Raise Server temperatures until errors, Intel demos MCA
      Energy effficiency was a reoccurring theme at Intel Developer forum. Here is a summary of the Intel Research labs projects that are addressing power and energy use. Wen-Hann Wang, “Innovative Research in Power and Energy Efficiency” Director, Circuits and Systems Lab Intel is poised to deliver dramatic improvements in the energy efficiency of computing devices. A broad set of research from Intel Labs is looking to extend beyond Intel silicon to include innovations across the platform. Wen-Hann Wang highlighted research in the key areas of circuits, architecture and platforms.  Resilient Circuits – Under normal operating conditions, processors regularly experience dynamic variations that, left unchecked, could cause problems in operation. To protect against these potential problems, guard bands are put in place which intentionally slow the processor and also cause it to operate at higher power. Intel researchers have developed a new technology called resilient circuits that enable the system to run ...
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    19. Inflection Point: The Future of the Data Center

      Inflection Point: The Future of the Data Center
      We are all racing feverishly to improve the efficiency of our data center infrastructure, mainly as part of cost containment and perhaps to “Go Green.” However, there's a huge amount of finger-pointing and confusion in the computing world today over the impact that blade servers and virtualization are having on the data center. On the one hand, you have the faculties groups calling for a major overhaul of the data center to upgrade physical infrastructure in the data center, while on the other, IT equipment vendors are promising that the next generation of systems will be a lot more energy efficient, thereby reducing the overall power load.
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      Mentions: ASHRAE IBM
    20. Towers vs. Rackmount Servers at The Planet

      Towers vs. Rackmount Servers at The Planet
      We’ve all seen the new mega-data centers with rack upon rack packed with 1U “pizza box” servers. But different companies have different mixes of form factors in their data centers. Take The Planet, the Houston-based provider that got its start in dedicated server hosting, but has since expanded into managed hosting and colocation. “Quite a bit has changed in the way we’ve built data centers over the last four years, writes Jon Loew of The Planet’s data center operations staff. “When we opened our H2 data center, we only deployed racks of tower servers, and in our newest data center phase, D6 Phase 3, we only provision rack-mount servers. You might assume this shift to imply the complete dominance of rack-mount servers over its tower-chassis relative. Let me suggest that you’d be making an incorrect assumption.”
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    21. Gartner: Turn server heat up to 75

      Gartner: Turn server heat up to 75
      Data center managers should turn server temperatures up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and adopt more aggressive policies for IT energy measurement, Gartner says in a new report. Five tools to prevent energy waste in the data center Mergers & Acquisitions: The Data Dimension : Download now After conducting a Web-based survey of 130 infrastructure and operations managers, Gartner concluded that measurement and monitoring of data center energy use will remain immature through 2011. Only 7% of respondents said their top priorities include procurement of green products and pushing vendors to create more energy efficient technology. In general, data center managers are not paying enough attention to measuring, monitoring and modeling of energy use. “Although the green IT and data center energy issue has been on the agenda for some time now, many managers feel that they have to deal with more immediate concerns before focusing attention on their suppliers’ products,” Rakesh Kumar ...
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    22. Microsoft’s Chiller-less Data Center

      Microsoft’s Chiller-less Data Center
      Microsoft has joined Google on the new frontier of energy efficiency – the chiller-less data center. Microsoft today announced that its huge facility in Dublin, Ireland is running without any chillers. Outside air is drawn into the facility to cool the thousands of servers powering the company’s “Live” suite of online services for users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Microsoft also said it can run its server rooms at temperatures of up to 95 degrees F (35 degrees Celsius), much warmer than most data centers, which typically range between 68 and 72 degrees. Free Cooling Drives Energy Savings Using outside air in data center air conditioning – a practice known as “free cooling” or air-side economization – allows facility owners to dramatically reduce the amount of energy used in cooling. Chillers, which are used to refrigerate water, are widely used in data center cooling systems but require a large amount ...
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    23. Intel Looks To Create Energy Efficient "Microservers"

      Intel Looks To Create Energy Efficient "Microservers"
      Intel officials say that demand is growing for servers that are small, relatively cheap and energy-efficient Intel is looking to create a new category in the server space: the “microserver.” During his keynote address at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on 22 Sept., Sean Maloney, newly installed executive vice president and general manager of the chip maker’s Intel Architecture Group, unveiled two low-power new versions of its Xeon 3400 line, a 45-watt model that will roll out later this year and a 30-watt chip that will come out in the first quarter of 2010. Maloney also expanded on other plans Intel has for its server offerings, from the high-end Itanium processors to a collection of Xeons with varying degrees of graphics capabilities.
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