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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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
    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Six Ways to Cut Your Data Center Energy Bill

      Six Ways to Cut Your Data Center Energy Bill
      "People are looking at data center efficiency, whereas five years ago it wasn't an issue," says Adam Fairbanks, Bluestone Energy, a company that retrofits old data centers to make them more energy efficient and to qualify for utility rebates (many utilities are required to help pay for data center projects that will reduce energy use; if a project can be proven to cut energy draw by 20%, the utility might pay for as much as half the cost of the project). "Today any new data center build gets scrutinized by the CFO as well as facilities and IT." Where lowering a company's carbon footprint was a big driver for such projects a few years ago, because of the economy, environmental concerns have gotten pushed back and today they're a matter of reducing operating expense, Fairbanks says. "Money drives the majority of the projects we work on," he ...
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    10. Networks are sucking power: should you worry?

      Power efficiency hax become a major factor for data centre equipment. While vendors compete on greenwash, users need to test their actual power usage Most of the publicity concerning power and cooling issues in data centres has tended to focus on how efficient computing equipment is. In contrast networking gear has tended to take a back seat. But as networks based on 10 Gigabit Ethernet become prevalent, as they inexorably are, power consumption will rise, and power usage, cooling and power efficiency will become entries on the data centre manager's worry list, according to test equipment vendor Ixia.
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    11. eBay to Emit 15% Fewer GHGs by 2012

      eBay to Emit 15% Fewer GHGs by 2012
      E-commerce powerhouse eBay plans to reduce its 2012 greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent, when compared to its 2008 emissions. This news comes at the same time as eBay has donated some old servers to the University of Notre Dame, where the servers will assist in AIDS and cancer research. Heat generated by the Notre Dame servers [...]
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      Mentions: LEED eBay
    12. University research points to greener computing

      University research points to greener computing
      Researchers at the University of Sydney have developed a new scheduling algorithm designed to reduce data centre energy consumption without disrupting operations. The Energy Conscious Scheduling algorithm (ECS) has been patented by Young Choon Lee and Albert Zomaya at the university's Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing. Lee and Zomaya are now developing an ECS prototype, with a view to commercialising the research by late 2010. Zomaya said the ECS software will be a suite of algorithms (written in C and C++) acting as 'middleware' that can see the operating system and hardware and then decide what to do with different tasks. "In doing so it makes sure whatever decisions are made are energy-conscious," he said, adding the software stack still "gives you what you want".
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    13. IBM data center gets deep energy retrofit

      IBM data center gets deep energy retrofit
      -IBM's "green" data center here is kind of like a techie version of the "This Old House" television show. But in this case, the project was to build a showcase for energy-efficiency computing, rather than construct a new addition for a suburban home. IBM's main problem was data center sprawl. Five years ago, internal IT staff could barely keep up with growing demand for computing resources from employees, causing an expansion from one data center location to four--a situation that was costly and inefficient.
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    14. Six Tips For Green (and Greenwash-Free) Data Center Storage

      Six Tips For Green (and Greenwash-Free) Data Center Storage
      Today’s data center is going through a constant state of flux in an attempt to keep up with current demands. The data landscape grows exponentially, and with that growth comes the need to expand current storage and data center infrastructures. This expansion is a fact businesses in every vertical have come to accept, but it comes with a price. The Data Landscape Four billion dollars is spent every year on data center energy consumption and this number will only continue to climb. The type of data growth is also a contributing cost factor; mission critical data is growing in the enterprise environment. This means companies are buying more expensive energy hungry equipment to provide needed fast access and redundancy at both the server and storage level.
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    15. New computing centre will cut Microsoft's carbon footprint

      New computing centre will cut Microsoft's carbon footprint
      Iain Thomson in San Francisco, V3.co.uk, Tuesday 15 September 2009 at 01:55:00 Consolidating laboratories into a single data centre to save power Microsoft has built a new centre at its Redmond headquarters that it says will cut the company's carbon footprint by 12,000 metric tons per year. Dubbed Redmond Ridge 1, the centre will consolidate Microsoft's research laboratory servers from individual product groups with the corporate systems that process other corporate data. When Redmond Ridge comes online in April 2010 it will give major power efficiencies said Microsoft. “The opening of Redmond Ridge is a big milestone and represents a real transition point in the company’s culture,” said Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist. “This facility is a great example of how technology can help improve the energy efficiency of a company’s operations.” The building has been designed to be ...
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    16. Novel Way to Cool Data Centers Passes First Test

      Novel Way to Cool Data Centers Passes First Test
      A team of engineers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has successfully tested a novel system that they say could greatly improve the efficiency of data center cooling. It's an important area for data center operators, who are struggling with the escalating costs of cooling increasingly powerful server equipment. Some facilities have been unable to add new equipment because they have reached the limit of their power and cooling capacity. By some estimates, the energy used to cool IT systems accounts for nearly half the cost of running a data center. The amount of energy consumed by data centers in the U.S. doubled between 2000 and 2006, and could double again by 2011 if practices aren't improved, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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    17. Optimize Data Center Cooling

      Optimize Data Center Cooling
      The science of keeping a data center cool is an essential piece of the data center operations puzzle, and until processor technology makes a radical step toward the development of more heat- and energy-efficient designs, the problem of heat generation and dissipation will continue to dog administrators. A poorly cooled data center can become the proverbial anchor around an organization’s neck, giving rise to unpredictable, spotty performance and lost revenues and productivity. Fortunately, there are steps administrators can take to optimize cooling in the data center. Read on to learn how to make the most of your cooling infrastructure. Measure What You Have
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    18. Inside Microsoft's New 'Purpose-Built' Data Lab

      Inside Microsoft's New 'Purpose-Built' Data Lab
      What happens when you remove engineers from their test servers? For starters, you get some nervous engineers. But eventually, you can also greatly expand your computing capability and speed up the research process. That, at least, is the hope that lies behind Microsoft's new 57,000 square foot Redmond Ridge 1 computing facility, which opened in July and which I toured yesterday with a small group of reporters and Microsoft executives. (Full disclosure: Microsoft paid for my plane ticket to attend a daylong tour of the corporate campus and meet with other teams at the company.)
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      Mentions: LEED Microsoft Corp
    19. For Green Data Centers, Tech Firms Pick up Where LEED Left off

      For Green Data Centers, Tech Firms Pick up Where LEED Left off
      What do the growth of cloud-based services, online video and an ever-increasing appetite for digital media have in common? They all require power-hungry data centers — and lots of them. It’s a challenge that hasn’t escaped the IT industry; lately Microsoft and Apple have made some notable hires that reflect the critical nature of energy-efficient data center operations. Whether laying the groundwork for Windows Azure or Apple’s rumored content delivery platform, there’s no shortage of companies willing to help lower the energy cost side of the equation, according to a GigaOM Pro report (subscription required) by KDA Consulting’s Katherine Austin released today. In the report, titled “Green Data Center Design: Strategies & Players,” Austin details the options data center operators have at their disposal and the companies that are willing to lend a hand. More importantly, she lays out some of the pitfalls, one of which is ...
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    20. Forecast: Mostly Cloudy

      Forecast: Mostly Cloudy
      Government technologists want to deploy cloud computing, but agencies must learn to let go. Since taking on the role of the first federal chief information officer, Vivek Kundra has been on a crusade promoting cloud computing, the relatively new business practice of buying technology services over the Internet from a contractor or agency. The advantages of the cloud, as those in the know call it, include significant savings and a faster way for agencies to obtain the latest technology.
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    21. Successfully Challenging the Server Tax

      Successfully Challenging the Server Tax
      The server tax is what I call the mark-up applied to servers, enterprise storage, and high scale networking gear.  Client equipment is sold in much higher volumes with more competition and, as a consequence, is priced far more competitively. Server gear, even when using many of the same components as client systems, comes at a significantly higher price. Volumes are lower, competition is less, and there are often many lock-in features that help maintain the server tax.  For example, server memory subsystems support Error Correcting Code (ECC) whereas most client systems do not. Ironically both are subject to many of the same memory faults and the cost of data corruption in a client before the data is sent to a server isn’t obviously less than the cost of that same data element being corrupted on the server. Nonetheless, server components typically have ECC while commodity client systems usually do ...
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    22. Companies doing more to cut energy use in office

      Companies doing more to cut energy use in office
      Technology decision makers say they could cut energy use and costs an average of 17 percent each year -- or $1.5 million in a typical large organization -- if they capture all available efficiency opportunities, according to a report from CDW Corp. More organizations are taking steps today to improve technology energy efficiency in desktop computing and in data centers, with 59 percent training employees to shut down equipment when gone at the office for long periods, compared to 43 percent in 2008. And 46 percent have implemented or are implementing server virtualization, compared to 35 percent in 2008.
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