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    1. 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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      Mentions: Apple Google Yahoo
    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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      Mentions: IBM Forbes
    5. 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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      Mentions: IBM Microsoft Corp
    6. 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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      Mentions: Intel
    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. Stop Cooling the Data Center

      Stop Cooling the Data Center
      Cooling is not going to be a major contributor to data center costs in five years. In fact, in five years, the temperature in a typical data center will be at least five degrees warmer than it is today. Computer servers are being built to handle the heat. Adaptive cooling approaches keep the hot spots in check. Some data centers are simply opening the windows to let fresh air do the cooling. It’s now much easier to keep equipment at precisely the right temperature, allowing the data center manager to get back to focusing on IT—the reason they are there in the first place.
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    16. HP Touts 4 Green Data Centers

      HP Touts 4 Green Data Centers
      With data center power and cooling costs becoming a key issue for businesses, vendors such as Hewlett-Packard are using their expertise to help customers find ways to make their new or existing facilities greener. HP officials point to four data centers that they run or have designed that use everything from reflective roof materials to the icy air of the North Sea to help reduce energy costs. Over the past few years, the issue of power and cooling costs for data centers has moved from being an afterthought to the forefront in the minds of IT administrators.
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      Mentions: Hewlett Packard
    17. Exclusive: Dell Shows Off a Data Center — In a Briefcase!

      Exclusive: Dell Shows Off a Data Center — In a Briefcase!
      Containerized data centers were the hot trend for server vendors last year, although the rate of adoption seems to be fairly slow. But a rep for Dell recently let me know that one of that company’s employees had essentially created a data center in a much smaller container –a 40-pound toolbox, to be exact — so I visited the company at one of its Austin offices yesterday to take a look. To be clear, it isn’t a production unit, nor is anyone totally sure how it could be used, but it was sweet to see what Jimmy Pike, director of system architecture at Dell’s Data Center Solutions division, had built in his garage. Pike has crammed two servers running dual-core, 2.5 GHz Intel processors (Harpertown), 32 GB of memory, 4 TB of disk space for storage, a power supply, a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet Switch and even some ...
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    18. SNW: How green IT saves Citizens Bank $500000 a year

      SNW: How green IT saves Citizens Bank $500000 a year
      If you think of "green IT" as nothing more than a vendor-generated buzzword, you might want to take a look at Citizens Bank. The financial institution reports $500,000 in annual savings from a project to optimize its power and cooling practices, and its IT executives believe they have just scratched the surface of potential savings. (Chill out: Five ways to cut back on data-center power consumption) "We did absolutely save a half a million dollars last year and there is far more to save," Lars Linden, senior vice president and director of data center services and operations at Citizens Bank, told an audience at the Storage Networking World conference in Phoenix Tuesday.
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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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      Mentions: LEED eBay
    22. 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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    23. 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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