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    1. Wiggle Room

      Wiggle Room
      Data Centers Can Fight The Space Constraints That Come With Growth Key Points • Multiplying equipment can be reined in by consolidating existing servers, storage units, and related infrastructure and accelerating virtualization efforts. • Insufficient power availability because of rapid growth can be addressed by planning power needs well in advance and ensuring drops are available to support evolving equipment requirements. • Reactive equipment installation can be avoided by partnering with business areas to better match business needs to data center solutions.
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    2. Powerful Management

      Powerful Management
      Managing your data center’s energy usage is important for reducing costs and ensuring good performance. But keeping track of IT power consumption and maximizing energy efficiency is much more difficult when your IT infrastructure is dispersed across multiple remote locations. That’s when centralized power management software becomes useful. From a single interface, an IT manager can view power, environmental, and alarm conditions of all the power distribution units on the network. Without centralized power management, checking on the health of the PDUs would require going unit by unit across the network—not a fun prospect in an organization with more than a handful of PDUs. “Each PDU has its own Web server, so you’d have to ping the IP address of each one,” says Calvin Nicholson, director of product marketing for Server Technology (800/835-1515; www.servertech.com). “At some point, it becomes difficult to manage that ...
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      Mentions: The Green Grid
    3. Citi’s Green Data Centers Provide Environmental and Business Benefits

      Citi’s Green Data Centers Provide Environmental and Business Benefits
      Citi has quietly stepped into a leadership role in the "green" data center movement on Wall Street over the past two years. The financial services conglomerate has built three LEED-certified data centers -- LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council's rating system for designing and constructing energy-efficient buildings -- in Frankfurt; Georgetown, Texas; and Singapore. In April, the Department of Energy and the Uptime Institute recognized Citi -- the only Wall Street firm in the running -- as a finalist for a Green Enterprise IT Award for data center facility design; Uptime also named Citigroup in its 2009 Global Green 100 list this year (along with nine other Wall Street firms). Citi announced in April the completion of the Frankfurt facility, which is the first-ever LEED platinum-certified data center. [Ed. note: Last year we wrote about Advanced Data Centers, which is building the ...
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    4. SSA data center to go green

      SSA data center to go green
      The Social Security Administration intends to use green information technology solutions in the new $800 million data center that will replace its existing facility. SSA will use money from the economic stimulus law to help identify and install energy-efficient IT solutions at the new National Support Center, which handles Social Security benefits, according to a plan released May 18 on the Recovery.gov Web site. Green IT solutions are designs, practices and devices that reduce environmental impact and limit energy consumption. The agency will be working with an IT consulting firm to help identify the green requirements, the plan states. “The sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental impact resulting from the project are dependent on the initial building design, IT equipment selections, and ongoing operations of the data center," the plan states. "We are committed to incorporating energy-efficient IT solutions as part of the ongoing operations of the National Support Center.”
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    5. Tipping Point For Data Centers

      Tipping Point For Data Centers
      The continuing rise in the amount of electricity consumed by data centers is challenging our nation's grid capacity and infrastructure. We have reached a tipping point. Data-center energy use is now a very noticeable fraction of total supply available. When you count everything from mammoth data centers down to server closets, data-center electricity usage in the U.S. has doubled to 2% of total supply since 2000. And the numbers just keep getting worse. Data-center electricity use is growing at about 12% per year, which means we need to add about 1,000 megawatts of electricity-production capacity annually. That means two large 500-megawatt power plants, each of which costs $1 billion to $2 billion to build. This is money we could be spending on productive information technology equipment, rather than building fuel-fired plants that will emit massive amounts of carbon over their lifetime.
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      Mentions: Uptime Institute
    6. Google on ‘The Data Center as a Computer’

      Google on ‘The Data Center as a Computer’
      Two of Google's data center thought leaders, Luiz Andre Barroso and Urs Holzle, have published a paper that summarizes the company's big-picture approach to data center infrastructure. “As computation continues to move into the cloud, the computing platform of interest no longer resembles a pizza box or a refrigerator, but a warehouse full of computers,” write Barroso and Holzle. “These new large datacenters are quite different from traditional hosting facilities of earlier times and cannot be viewed simply as a collection of co-located servers.
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      Mentions: Google
    7. Should The Federal Government provide incentives for data centers

      Should The Federal Government provide incentives for data centers
      Should the federal government get into the business of providing efficiency incentives for data centers? Data Center Pulse thinks so, and has proposed that the U.S. government implement a system of financial incentives to reduce the energy used by data centers. In a proposal to U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the board of directors of Data Center Pulse argues that current industry efforts are making little progress in making data centers more efficient, and that a federally-backed program that combines education and rebates is the best way to achieve meaningful reductions.
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      Mentions: Steven Chu
    8. Facebook: $20 Million a Year on Data Centers

      Facebook: $20 Million a Year on Data Centers
      Facebook appears to be spending $20 million to $25 million a year for the data center space that houses its servers, according to an analysis of the company’s data center infrastructure. The company’s costs will rise later this year, when it adds a new data center in Virginia. While that’s a lot of money, it’s far less than Microsoft or Google spend building their data centers, and less than many enterprise companies spend on facilities. Facebook’s extraordinary growth has forced the company to invest in rapidly expanding its infrastructure. The social network recently crossed the 200 million user barrier, prompting reports that Facebook must raise new capital to pay for servers and data centers. Other sources say the estimates of Facebook’s burn rate are overstated, and the company has enough cash to operate for several years.
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      Mentions: Microsoft Corp
    9. techrepublic's Green IT cover story for some solid money ...

      techrepublic's Green IT cover story for some solid money ...
      In August 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency, in response to a request from Congress, produced a report that shocked the IT community. Among the stunning findings in the EPA’s Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency were the following statistics: The data center sector consumed about 61 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006 (1.5 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption) for a total electricity cost of about $4.5 billion. This level of usage is equal to the energy usage of 5.8 million average U.S. households, or 5% of the U.S. population The level of data center energy use will double, according to an EPA projection, by 2011, to 100 Billion KwH and $7.4 Billion, requiring the construction of 10 additional power plants nationwide. A single fully-populated rack of blade servers requires up to 20-25 kW of power to operate, and ...
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    10. Old Software Hogs Energy

      Old Software Hogs Energy
      The next big opportunity for saving power in the data center isn't a more efficient computer or chip, or a better cooling system. It's rewriting--or eliminating--legacy software code. Most of the other stuff is already done, or at least under way. Intel ( INTC - news - people ) and Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD - news - people ) have made huge gains in power efficiency and performance over the past decade. Virtualization has allowed utilization of servers to increase by a factor of 10. Better cooling fans and smarter placement of server racks has cut power consumption. But those are largely one-time gains, and while they add up to a far more efficient data center, they pale in comparison to the gains that can be made in making software more efficient.
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      Mentions: IBM
    11. U.s. Epa Launches Energy Star for Servers Spec

      U.s. Epa Launches Energy Star for Servers Spec
      After several years of work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today launched its Energy Star for Enterprise Servers certification, the latest addition to the EPA's overall goal to improve data center energy efficiency. The new certification will allow manufacturers will cover all non-blade servers with one to four processors and at least one hard drive to apply for Energy Star certification as highly energy efficient devices. Energy Star for Servers will measure three main categories of performance: managing power supply performance, functioning in a virtualized environment, and energy benchmarks for measuring and reporting server energy use. Blade servers are not yet covered under the first version of the specification, nor are servers with no installed hard drives -- the EPA is still developing a measurement that can equitably compare blade servers with traditional servers.
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      Mentions: IBM
    12. Dell Builds a VIA-Powered Server to Cut Power Costs

      Dell Builds a VIA-Powered Server to Cut Power Costs
      Next week Dell plans to announce a server based on the Nano chip from VIA Technologies, the Taiwanese x86 vendor known for its low-power chips for netbooks and other portable computers, according to the New York Times. Putting VIA chips in servers reduces both the cost and power consumption of servers — something important for [...]
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    13. Who Has the Most Web Servers?

      Who Has the Most Web Servers?
      There was a milestone buried deep within the earnings tables in this week’s first quarter results from Rackspace: the San Antonio company has become one of a select number of companies that have more than 50,000 servers. Rackspace reports that as of March 30 the company’s data centers house 50,038 servers, up from 47,518 at the end of 2008. Of the companies that publicly report their server counts, only Germany’s 1&1 Internet has more than Rackspace. Here’s a look at some of the providers with high server counts, gleaned from public reports and partial data from a recent Netcraft server count report:
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    14. Green IT Is Key to an Energy-Efficient Future: Report

      Green IT Is Key to an Energy-Efficient Future: Report
      hether it's teleworking enabled by broadband internet or the spread of video conferencing technologies that reduce business travel, information technologies (IT) are responsible for significantly reducing the amount of energy used in the United States in the last 20 years, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report "Semiconductor Technologies: The Potential to Revolutionize U.S. Energy Productivity," is authored by "Semiconductor Technologies: The Potential to Revolutionize U.S. Energy Productivity," looks at how the energy intensity of the U.S. economy -- the amount of energy needed to produce $1 of GDP -- has steadily shrunk due to technological innovations. The savings resulting from IT have already made a huge impact: Although the U.S. economy has grown by over 60 percent in 20 years, energy demand has climbed only 20 percent during that time. And the report's authors -- Skip ...
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    15. Energy and the Internet

      Energy and the Internet
      There's been a lot of debate lately about the growing amount of energy needed to power the Internet, and we wanted to weigh in on the discussion. A few months ago, I first blogged about the about amount of energy used in one Google search. Our engineers crunched the numbers and found that an average query uses about 1 kJ of energy and emits about 0.2 grams of carbon dioxide. But those raw numbers don't really put the environmental impact of searching the Internet into perspective. To add some context, below is data about the C02 impact of some everyday activities and items compared to Google searching:
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      Mentions: Google
    16. Chip Measures Smart Grid, Data Center Energy Use

      Chip Measures Smart Grid, Data Center Energy Use
      Measurement is the first step of energy management, which becomes even more critical as energy costs rise. A new chip by Teridian Semiconductor is aiming at not only at concerns towards growing enterprise data center energy demand, but also for residential applications. Using technology they've honed through their utility smart meters, Teridian's chips could be key in managing IT energy costs. With annual costs for IT departments totaling over $4.5 billion in the U.S. in 2006 according to the EPA, there are ample savings to be made by reducing energy consumption. The same 2006 EPA report also projected 2011 data center energy cost at more than $7.4 billion. However, companies could implement smart measures towards energy efficiency and adopt that would more than half the energy use, according to the EPA.
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      Mentions: The Green Grid
    17. Electricity Savings from Data Center SSDs Could Power an Entire Country, Researcher Says

      Electricity Savings from Data Center SSDs Could Power an Entire Country, Researcher Says
      Most people are already aware that solid-state server and storage disks only use a portion—as little as one-half or less—of the electrical power that a spinning hard disk requires, simply because there are no moving parts that need energy to activate them. As SSDs move slowly but surely into the data center, noticeable dribs and drabs of bottom-line power savings are starting to become reality. However, when the full extent of the potential power savings of SSDs is projected a few years out, it's a much different story. Those motionless NAND flash disks promise to provide a staggering amount of power savings. In a report issued May 6, "Leveraging HDD Strength With SSD Potential: Can Collaboration Generate Synergistic Benefits?" SSD market researcher iSuppli said the increased deployment of SSDs could enable the world's data centers to reduce their cumulative electricity consumption by a whopping 166,643 ...
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    18. The Whys and Hows of Measuring Power in your Data Center

      The Whys and Hows of Measuring Power in your Data Center
      If your phone rings tomorrow and the CIO is on the line asking, "What are we doing about power consumption in our data centers?" what will you say? Typically, data center managers have not worried about power consumption, but this is quickly changing as 1) additional power is often not available, 2) the cost of power is becoming a significant cost of operating a data center and 3) companies are placing a higher value on green initiatives. Based on the simple premise that "you can't manage what you can't measure" data centers are undertaking steps to measure device-level power consumption. No longer do rule-of-thumb estimates suffice -- because they can turn out to be just plain wrong, leading to unnecessary and sometimes quite substantial costs. Devices that were thought to be consuming very little power may be consuming quite a lot, even while simply sitting idle doing no useful ...
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    19. Can Solar Energy Power a Data Center?

      Can Solar Energy Power a Data Center?
      Intel has begun testing using solar energy to power a data center in New Mexico, with a photovoltaic array generating 10 kilowatts of power. But it will be years, if ever, before solar power comes into widespread use as the sole means of powering data centers. The Observer in Rio Rancho, New Mexico reports that Intel is using an array of 64 Sharp solar panels to generate electricity for a demonstration data center. Marty Sedler, Intel’s director for global utilities and infrastructure, told the newspaper that the deployment will "potentially lead the way for a more aggressive solar program within Intel." The solar powers will be used to power data center containers, rather than a traditional data center. The containers use much less power than traditional data centers. The newspaper reports that the Intel system: will offset an estimated 907,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas ...
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