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    1. HP Takes On Datacentre Rivals With Converged Infrastructure

      HP Takes On Datacentre Rivals With Converged Infrastructure
      Hewlett-Packard is announcing a new converged data centre architecture today, which will counter offerings from other players, including Cisco's imminent vBlock partnership with EMC. Networks, servers and storage are increasingly converging in server rooms and comany product lines. On Monday, a Cisco-EMC joint venture called vBlock emerged, in which network giant Cisco is planning to increase its attack on the server sector, building on its Unified Computing System. HP is countering that today from the server side, with a set of announcements designed to help enterprise data centres and outsources build more flexible services.
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    2. Intel seeks new 'microserver' standard

      Intel seeks new 'microserver' standard
      In September, Intel introduced its back-to-the-future idea of tiny "microservers." Now the company wants to make the design into a standard others can use, too. The chipmaker will offer its design specification to the Server System Infrastructure Forum by the end of the year, said Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's high-density computing group. If the group's board votes its approval for the specification, group members may use the designs royalty-free, he said in a meeting with reporters here. "Before the end of the year, it will happen," Waxman said.
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    3. Simple Data Center Best Practices Can Cut Energy Use by 20 Percent

      Simple Data Center Best Practices Can Cut Energy Use by 20 Percent
      As part of a partnership with The Green Grid, the U.S. EPA made a number of small tweaks to how it managed one of its data centers, and ended up saving $15,000 per year in energy costs as a result. That was one of the examples on offer today in a free webcast hosted by GreenBiz.com, and bringing together some of the industry leaders behind The Green Grid, an industry consortium dedicated to improving energy efficiency in data centers. "The data center itself has always been a capital asset, but it's becoming a fundamental business differentiator for almost any industry," explained John Tuccillo, a vice president at APC by Schneider Electric and the president of the Green Grid. "Essentially, the data center has become the epicenter of business value: It provides tremendous opportunities to improve your business and the flexibility of your business, and our focus ...
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    4. Data Centers Focus on Greener Power

      Data Centers Focus on Greener Power
      With carbon regulation looming on the horizon, companies with extensive data center operations are taking a harder look at the origin of their power, and its implications in a regulated environment. “The biggest part of our carbon footprint is the amount of electricity used to power the IT equipment in our data centers,” said Christina Page, the Director of Climate and Energy Strategy at Yahoo. “All electrons are not created equal.” Companies like Yahoo are seeking to use less power and buy a larger percentage of their energy from renewable sources such as hydro, wind and solar power. In most cases, that means building or leasing data centers in locations where utility providers offer renewables in sourcing their electricity.
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    5. Uncle Sam wants green data centers - by Doug Mohney

      Uncle Sam wants green data centers - by Doug Mohney
      Federal data centers are being targeted for energy reductions as a part of a broader push for U.S. government agencies to reduce greenhouse gases, reports Federaltimes.com. But will it make a difference? An executive order signed by President Barak Obama on October 5 requires agencies to begin measuring greenhouse gas emissions and set targets for reducing them. Data centers look to be an easy target for savings since the government owns around 10 percent of the country's centers and servers based upon an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated generated on 2006 data. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now in the process of collecting updated statistics from all agencies, including details on energy consumption, property location and capacity of centers; the last inventory by OMB was back in 1999 – a couple of lifetimes of server hardware and data growth.
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    6. Verizon Chases Network Efficiency Via Thermal Modeling

      Verizon Chases Network Efficiency Via Thermal Modeling
      Verizon is requiring its hardware suppliers to use thermal modeling when designing circuit boards and cabinets for its network equipment. The goal is to improve operating efficiency by minimizing heat generation that impairs performance and requires air conditioning, according to a press release. By using thermal modeling – or using a computer to simulate heat flow around computer components – Verizon figures it can design and place equipment in such a way to reduce heat generated and improve energy efficiency. Chuck Graff, Verizon’s Director of Corporate Network and Technology, calls thermal modeling a way to “go to the heart of the process.” Beginning in July of 2010, Verizon will require its equipment makers to present results of thermal modeling tests and show their circuits generate less heat before it will accept the equipment. Verizon is spelling out the details in its technical purchasing requirement.
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    7. Green IT Hits the Mainstream in Data Centers

      Green IT Hits the Mainstream in Data Centers
      Over on the GreenBiz.com side of my job, we talk quite a lot about the nature of "green consumer" surveys -- how even over the course of 20 years, there's been very little change in the number of people who say they'd pay more for green products (always the vast majority says they will), while the actual market for green products is only growing ever so slightly. That, however, doesn't seem to be the case for green IT: a study conducted by AFCOM at its recent Data Center World conference finds that the an ever-increasing number of data center and facility managers (71.3 percent, to be precise -- what we could easily call "the vast majority") have already adopted at least some green IT projects. This comes despite -- or more likely because of -- the economic downturn: the biggest benefits report in the survey were a decrease in ...
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    8. Wind Power Picks Up Speed at Other World Computing

      Wind Power Picks Up Speed at Other World Computing
      With the installation of a 500 kilowatt wind turbine on its manufacturing facility, Other World Computing says it is the world's first 100 percent wind-powered IT company. The wind turbine will generate an estimated 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year, which is more than double the amount OWC says it needs to power its LEED Platinum facility and data center; as a result, the company will be sold back to its electric utility. Although the ROI on the project is a relatively long 10-14 years based on current energy costs, there are added reasons for investing, the company's CEO said. "I made the decision to 100 percent self-fund this project because of the conservational benefits as well as the future cost of energy," Larry O'Connor said in a statement. "With the kilowatt hour rate in the Chicago market up 24.3 percent since 1999, it ...
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    9. Google's warm reception for secretary of energy

      Google's warm reception for secretary of energy
      For a bunch of search engineers, Google employees care an awful lot about energy and the environment. Google hosted an event for employees Monday featuring Steven Chu, the U.S. secretary of energy under President Obama and a man Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said "may become one of the most influential scientists of our generation, if he isn't already." Chu took about an hour to speak to a packed room of Google employees following his announcement of $151 million in funding for new energy-related projects as part of the ARPA-E program. Chu found a friendly audience of some of the most science-and-technology-obsessed individuals in a region known for science and technology obsession. He called the need to invest in alternative fuels and energy systems "the engineering and science challenge of our time" that will demand contributions from young scientists and technologists like the ones in Mountain View.
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    10. Analyst: Enterprises Fail to Handle Data Center Costs

      Analyst: Enterprises Fail to Handle Data Center Costs
      Businesses are failing to address the problem of assessing the costs of running the data centre making it near impossible to assess costing according to a senior analyst. Data Center Definitions and Solutions It's an issue that all companies have to address, said Nik Simpson, the Burton Group's senior data centre analyst., in a research report Counting the cost of the elephant in the data center (subscription required) that he had written. He said that most managers were suffering from insufficient information about the costs of their IT infrastructure, making it difficult to predict the return on investment on any technology. "Part of the problem seems to be that the information seems to be spread out across the organisation," said Simpson. "An IT manager would have to go to facilities manager to get the electricity costs, to accounting to get the level of depreciation of equipment and real ...
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    11. Data Center Efficiency: Pulling It All Together

      Data Center Efficiency: Pulling It All Together
      Arch Rock has a new data center energy efficiency package that reads it all – electricity use, temperature and humidity, even fan speeds and airflow. Making data centers energy efficient is a balancing act, involving a lot of variables. Without a system that brings all those variables together, efficiency improvements are flying blind. Here's an example from Roland Acre, CEO of Arch Rock. Server makers have raised the maximum temperatures their equipment can run at, giving data center operators room to play with more efficient cooling techniques, he said.
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    12. Another Kind Of Data Mining

      Another Kind Of Data Mining
      There are few places CIOs can actually conduct experiments with their IT equipment to figure out just how much power the equipment really needs. Dig down deep--as in 220 feet below the surface of the Earth, in a limestone mine once owned by U.S. Steel ( X - news - people )--and the number of variables is sharply reduced. With no fluctuations in outside air temperature, no blips in electricity delivery and few other distractions, this is an almost perfect environment for testing equipment--and for considering what needs to change in the overall data center world. So what have they found? Forbes caught up with Chuck Doughty, Iron Mountain's vice president of engineering to find out.
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    13. Inflection Points Ahead

      Inflection Points Ahead
      Every so often, technology reaches an inflection point where something else takes over, either because of physical limits of a particular technology, new developments in adjacent markets or because of a significantly changed pricing model. The minicomputer took over from the mainframe in the 1980s, and the PC has arguably displaced both of them in the decades since. In the past couple of years, virtualization has changed the business model for buying commodity servers, and cloud computing is changing the economics of the data center.
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    14. Arch Rock Aims at the Green Data Center With Wireless Energy Tech

      Arch Rock Aims at the Green Data Center With Wireless Energy Tech
      One of the chief ways that startups are helping make data centers greener is by developing wireless technology that can fill in the energy blind spots. As analyst Katherine Austin put it in our recent GigaOM Pro report (subscription required), in which she takes a look at startups like SynapSense and Sentilla: “You can’t control what you don’t monitor.” Well, here’s another startup moving into that market: Arch Rock announced Sunday night that it has launched a wireless data center energy management product to complement its energy management software service Energy Optimizer.
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    15. Stanford Clean Slate CTO Summit

      Stanford Clean Slate CTO Summit
      I attended the Stanford Clean Slate CTO Summit last week. It was a great event organized by Guru Parulkar. Here’s the agenda:   12:00: State of Clean Slate -- Nick McKeown, Stanford 12:30:00pm: Software defined data center networking -- Martin Casado, Nicira 1:00: Role of OpenFlow in data center networking -- Stephen Stuart, Google 2:30: Data center networks are in my way -- James Hamilton, Amazon 3:00: Virtualization and Data Center Networking -- Simon Crosby, Citrix 3:30:RAMCloud: Scalable Datacenter Storage Entirely in DRAM  -- John Ousterhout, Stanford 4:00: L2.5:  Scalable and reliable packet delivery in data centers -- Balaji Prabhakar, Stanford 4:45: Panel: Challenges of Future Data Center Networking--Panelists, James Hamilton, Stephen Stuart, Andrew Lambeth (VMWare), Marc Kwiatkowski (Facebook)   I presented Networks are in my Way. My basic premise is that networks are both expensive and poor power/performers. But, much more important, they are in ...
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    16. Energy-Efficient Servers & Storage

      Energy-Efficient Servers & Storage
      he oil embargo and price shocks of the ’70s provided a wakeup call to car buyers and the auto industry that existing products and consumption patterns weren’t sustainable. Likewise, exponential growth in data center power demands have IT managers and utilities questioning IT’s energy usage. For years, data center admins plugged power-hungry servers into their PDUs with nary a concern that the underlying electric grid could buckle under the collective load. Data centers now account for more than 1.5% of total U.S. electricity consumption, a figure estimated to double by 2011, according to the EPA, with large facilities consuming tens of megawatts, or enough to supply well more than 10,000 homes.
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    17. Vette Corp to Deliver Cooling Infrastructure for New Green Data Center

      Vette Corp to Deliver Cooling Infrastructure for New Green Data Center
      \Vette Corp, a leading global provider of data center thermal management solutions, has been selected by Syracuse University and IBM (NYSE: IBM) to deliver cooling infrastructure in one of the world`s most energy-efficient data centers. The new data center project represents a partnership among Vette, Syracuse University, IBM, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The data center is expected to use 50 percent less energy than a typical data center, making it one of the "greenest" computer centers in operation. The $12.4 million, 6,000-square-foot data center will use smarter technologies focusing on the actual infrastructure of the data center itself, not just the computer hardware and software.
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    18. Researchers tout 'wimpy nodes' for Net computing by Stephen Shankland

      Researchers tout 'wimpy nodes' for Net computing by Stephen Shankland
      Mainstream servers are growing increasingly brawny with multicore processors and tremendous memory capacity, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Labs Pittsburgh think 98-pound weaklings of the computing world might be better suited for many of the jobs on the Internet today. This first-generation FAWN system has an array of boards, each with its own processor, flash memory card, and network connection. (Credit: Carnegie Mellon University) The alternative the researchers advocate is named FAWN, short for Fast Array of Wimpy Nodes. It's described in a paper just presented at the Symposium on Operating Systems Principles. In short, the researchers believe some work can be managed with lower expense and lower power consumption using a cluster of servers built with lower-end processors and flash memory than with a general-purpose server.
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    19. Google Envisions 10 Million Servers

      Google Envisions 10 Million Servers
      Google never says how many servers are running in its data centers. But a recent presentation by a Google engineer shows that the company is preparing to manage as many as 10 million servers in the future. Google’s Jeff Dean was one of the keynote speakers at an ACM workshop on large-scale computing systems, and discussed some of the technical details of the company’s mighty infrastructure, which is spread across dozens of data centers around the world.
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    20. Unused Servers Cost Businesses $25B Annually: Study

      Unused Servers Cost Businesses $25B Annually: Study
      A survey sponsored by 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy found that one in six servers—about 4.7 million worldwide—are doing nothing useful, costing businesses as much as $25 billion a year. The survey of global IT professionals also found that many are lacking the necessary tools and know-how to find and get rid of unused servers. About one in six servers worldwide are doing nothing useful for their companies, wasting about $25 billion a year, according to a survey of global IT managers.
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    21. Long-Term Vision: Data Center Availability and the Unified Physical Infrastructure

      Long-Term Vision: Data Center Availability and the Unified Physical Infrastructure
      The difference between long-term, upfront, strategic planning versus reactive change hold significant and divergent implications, especially when it comes to building a smart data center. In a recent webcast featuring market segment partners Panduit and Cisco (News - Alert), experts delved into the “hot” topic of data center availability and how it correlates with unified physical infrastructure. Company executives explained their long-term vision for helping enterprises create a more efficient, cost-effective use of their data centers, and ultimately provide a consistent, successful experience for their end users.
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    22. The Analyst Angle- How will Green IT evolve from 1.0 to 2.0

      The Analyst Angle- How will Green IT evolve from 1.0 to 2.0
      Some of the vital data points suggest that though most Green IT initiatives start within the data center, organizations are shifting focus to their distributed IT assets. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Program, in 2006, "US servers and data centers alone accounted for 1.5 percent of total US energy consumption," and by 2011, "US energy consumption by servers and data centers could nearly double again representing USD 7.4 billion in electricity costs." Beyond increased energy consumption, which translates to increased carbon emissions, data centers are also running out of space, power, and cooling. In a 2008 survey of more than 300 IT professionals, the Uptime Institute found that within 12 to 24 months, 33 percent would run out of space, 42 percent would run out of power, and 39 percent would run out of cooling. Green IT tactics in the data center that increase ...
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