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    1. IBM Delves Into Lithium-Air Batteries, Water-Cooled Supercomputers

      IBM Delves Into Lithium-Air Batteries, Water-Cooled Supercomputers
      The computing giant is researching lithium-air batteries, a technology with much promise but many challenges for commercial applications. Also in the works is a supercomputer cooled with water at the chip level – something IBM says could apply to broader data center cooling. IBM is busy looking for ways to make lithium-air batteries with 10 times the storage capacity of their lithium-ion cousins, and it has a Swiss supercomputer being cooled with water at the chip level – the technology could find its way into cooling data center servers and other IT equipment. Both projects announced Tuesday represent moves by the computing giant to get into more energy-efficient pastures, so to speak. In the case of its water-cooled supercomputer, IBM is hoping to find more efficient ways to cool the IT equipment. The equipment takes up about 2 percent of the world's energy. The project with the Swiss Federal Institute of ...
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    2. Ibm's Energy Efficient New Supercomputer Cooled by Water

      Ibm's Energy Efficient New Supercomputer Cooled by Water
      IBM today unveiled a new, first-of-its-kind high-performance computer (HPC) that will use water for cooling, as a way of cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from data centers. The new machine, which has been developed with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), is called Aquasar, and the two organizations say it can decrease the carbon footprint of the system by up to 85percent and save up to 30 tons of CO2 per year, compared to similar existing systems. Aquasar will begin operations at ETH Zurich in 2010, cutting energy consumption by 40 percent and harnessing the waste heat to warm university buildings. The system will consist of two IBM BladeCenter servers in one rack and the company estimates it will have a peak performance of about 10 Teraflops.
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    3. The Environmentally Friendly Data Center

      The Environmentally Friendly Data Center
      The Environmentally Friendly Data CenterProcessor.com, NEThis is the second green data center for a university on which IBM has collaborated. Its first project with Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, netted an estimated reduction of 230 tons of CO 2 per year. With energy being the elephant in the ...
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    4. Green Building Retrofits Represent a Potential $400B Market

      Green Building Retrofits Represent a Potential $400B Market
      Boosted in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will provide significant funding for renovations to federal building, the total potential market for major green renovations in the commercial building sector is approximately $400 billion, according to a new study by Pike Research. Although currently a relatively small market, the market researcher forecasts that [...]
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    5. What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?

      What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?
      Start-up Planet Metrics is developing software that could give consumers a better read on the embedded energy of everyday products. The San Francisco-based company on Tuesday released the beta test version of its hosted application, which it calls Rapid Carbon Modeling. It also said Method, which makes eco-friendly home-cleaning products, is a customer. There are a number of companies writing software for calculating how much energy is linked to a business' operations and managing carbon emissions. Planet Metrics' software is geared at manufacturers and makers of consumer packaged goods. Using Planet Metrics' software, a person could, for example, see how much energy consumption is associated with procuring the components that make up a cell phone. With that information, a company can then look for ways to cut energy consumption, such as reducing waste or finding another supplier. The carbon footprint picture is built by combining a company's internal data ...
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    6. Why Oracle Wants Solaris

      Why Oracle Wants Solaris
      With its future apparently secure, the benefits of Sun's operating system become compelling. Dan Woods Oracle praised the Solaris operating system when it agreed to acquire its creator, Sun Microsystems, but the actual beauty of this fine piece of engineering was left unexplained. Here's a look at the advantages of Solaris for business computing and insights into what Oracle's long-term intentions may be for the operating system. No matter what your attitude is toward Oracle's products, management style and strategy, anyone running a large or small data center should breathe a sigh of relief now that the long-term viability of Solaris is assured. Without an acquisition by Oracle or Cisco ( CSCO - news - people ), Solaris might have been put on the proverbial shelf, a tribute to what the fine engineers at Sun could do back in the day. Article Controls EMAIL PRINT REPRINT NEWSLETTER COMMENTS SHARE YAHOO ...
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    7. Demo versus Retro by Doug Mohney

      Demo versus Retro by Doug Mohney
      Building a showcase energy-efficient data center from the ground up is all the rage these days. Fewer companies want to talk about retrofitting existing data center facilities to be more green. For instance, Holyoke, Massachusetts is the latest city to join the from-the-ground-up energy-efficient showcase list. The University of Massachusetts, MIT, EMC and Cisco are getting together to building a "world-class green research high-performance computing center." Western Mass would seem to be an unlikely place to put a data center, but Holyoke – 90 miles from Boston and 10 miles way from Springfield - has cheap and clean hydroelectric power available from the Connecticut River, a good start for building a green data center.
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    8. Saving Green by Going Green by Tate Cantrell

      Saving Green by Going Green by Tate Cantrell
      It’s no secret that companies today are facing mounting pressure from government agencies, media and the concerned public to take major steps in reducing the environmental impact of their traditionally power-hungry data centers. Their efforts range from implementing basic energy assessment programs and enacting green design initiatives to using more eco-friendly materials and seeking out new power sources. In today’s tough economy though, it can’t be just about going green for goodness sake. Smart companies are seeking out opportunities for environmental projects that also work to whittle away at the corporate bottom line. Search for an area of rising cost where a reduction has an overall environmental benefit to a company’s green portfolio. Energy is the most obvious example. As such, power consumption has become a popular target area for greening a data center, but as companies are finding out, it’s not sufficient on its ...
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    9. New Cooling Saves 45 Percent Of Energy At Data Centre

      New Cooling Saves 45 Percent Of Energy At Data Centre
      Oil explorers PGS get an efficient data centre. Is that so they burn less of the fuel they find? A new cooling system in a UK data centre has achieved a record efficiency score and 45 percent energy savings - using only well-established technology. The Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) centre in Weybridge, Surrey, has a PUE efficiency score of 1.2 as defined by the Green Grid. This means that for every Watt oil exploration company PGS gives its servers, only another 0.2W is needed for cooling, lighting and other overheads. It should save PGS 15.8kWh a year, and reduce the company's carbon footprint by 6,800 million tonnes of CO2. A PUE of 1.2 is a significant achievement given that most of today's data centres achieve only around 2.2, according to Mike West, managing director of Keysource, the company that built the centre. Although the ...
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    10. Keeping Things Cool In A Rack-Dense World

      Keeping Things Cool In A Rack-Dense World
      Cooling has grown in importance steadily over the past few years. Now, with budgets tightening, it is gaining further attention as data center managers seek to do even more with a whole lot less. “The current economy has resulted in delays in many new data center upgrade projects, so managers have to squeeze more thermal efficiency from their existing data centers,” says Paul Bemis, CEO of Applied Math Modeling (www.koolsim.com). Thermal Modeling In environments that are constrained by power or space limitations and are in need of better cooling efficiency, one technology that is gaining ground is modeling of the thermal environment. In addition to highlighting hot spots, it can graphically display areas of poor air circulation and even show where too much cooling is taking place. According to Bemis, there are three primary drivers at work on the energy efficiency front: a continuing increase in server density ...
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    11. Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon

      Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon
      U.S. firms produce from $60 billion to $80 billion worth of carbon annually but don't pay for it. What the carbon market could mean to investors. It is light as air, yet it weighs tons. It is vital to life, but it is considered an accelerant in the world's ongoing environmental tragedy. It costs nothing to make, yet paying for it will equal tens of billions of dollars a year. What is it? It is carbon, and its potential expense could one day make us all nostalgic for the halcyon days of subprime loans. Estimated costs for carbon vary, but no matter who does the math they loom large. Anant Sundaram, professor at Dartmouth University's Tuck business school, teaches a course called "Business and Climate Change" and gives a ballpark figure for carbon's financial impact on the Standard & Poor's 500. With an average price ...
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    12. Virtualization Drives the Green IT Bus

      Virtualization Drives the Green IT Bus
      Not so long ago when green computing was considered hype. Or vaporware. Or something in between. But now, whether you attribute it to climate change, increased energy costs or looming cap and trade legislation, green computing is coming. Even those that scoff at very notion of "green" as a feel-good movement will find it unavoidable, as OEMs are taking carbon emissions and power and cooling into account with new and future product releases. It is also being positioned as a way to save money. Think about it, if you consume less power, you're paying less for power, so it's a win all around. A recent survey, commissioned by Symantec and performed by Applied Research confirms this. It found Green IT is no longer the wish list item, it was 12 months ago, Jose Iglesias, vice president of Global Solutions at Symantec told ServerWatch. Of the 1,052 worldwide ...
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    13. Green IT a Key Component of Kpmg's 'Living Green' Strategy

      Green IT a Key Component of Kpmg's 'Living Green' Strategy
      Accounting firms are not among the most carbon-intensive companies, but the greenhouse gas emissions generated by business trips, paper use and purchased electricity can add up. KPMG, one of the “Big Four” public accounting firms, first began analyzing its U.S. carbon footprint in 2007 and developed a formal strategy to reduce it called Living Green. The program set several three-year environmental goals, including boosting alternative transportation by 5 percent and cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter. The company has embraced green IT practices as a way to help it meet these targets, CIO Dick Anderson told me when I caught up with the company to learn about its efforts. Energy-intensive data centers offer plenty of opportunities to improve efficiencies. The jewel in the crown of KPMG’s green IT efforts is a new technology center that opened at its Montvale, N.J. campus in October. The center ...
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    14. Canarie Announces $3 Million Call for Proposals to Fuel the Development of Advanced Computing and Networking ...

      Canarie Announces $3 Million Call for Proposals to Fuel the Development of Advanced Computing and Networking ...
      OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - CANARIE today announced a $3 million Call for Proposals to fuel the development of advanced computing and networking technologies that reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from the world's Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) infrastructure (including computer hardware, software and networks), and enable collaboration on promising ...
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    15. Combining Colocation and Containers

      Combining Colocation and Containers
      Colocation and data center services provider i/o Data Centers has deployed an SGI ICE Cube data center at Phoenix ONE facility, the companies said this week. The 538,000 square foot Phoenix ONE project doesn’t officially open until next month, but i/o Data Centers is beginning some customer installations. i/o Data Centers joins a short list of providers of colocation providers who offer infrastructure support for data center containers, and is the first to spotlight SGI, the server vendor previously known as Rackable Systems. CRG West is partnering with HP and Verari Systems to offer hosting for their data center containers. Combining containers and colocation can provide rapid expansion for companies that need to expand their data centers but are out of power or cooling capacity at their existing facilities. Containers can live outside but still require an external source of power and security. i/o ...
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    16. Symantec Report: Green IT Now 'Essential Item'

      Symantec Report: Green IT Now 'Essential Item'
      A survey of more than 1,000 high-level IT leaders from companies in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America shows that nearly three-quarters are increasing budgets to make IT less power-hungry. The global green IT revolution has arrived. That's the gist of a March survey of more than 1,000 corporate IT leaders in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America by computer security and data center optimization company Symantec. Companies around the world are spending more on making data centers and other IT operations more energy efficient, and IT departments are increasingly taking the lead in overall corporate green efforts, the survey found. Compared to surveys from years past, the results show that "Green IT is now an essential line item, whereas before it was something to be tackled later," said Jose Iglesias, vice president of global solutions at Symantec. The proof? Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed ...
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    17. Sabey Confirms Huge Quincy Data Center

      Sabey Confirms Huge Quincy Data Center
      It’s official: Sabey Corporation will build a 525,000-square-foot data center campus in Quincy, Wash., the company said today. Sabey will break ground this summer on Intergate.Quincy, which will feature three data center facilities on 40 acres. Sabey Corp. decided to build the campus in Quincy after its leasing success at its Intergate.Columbia in nearby East Wenatchee, where T-Mobile and VMware signed on as tenants within a year of groundbreaking. Sabey, a Seattle-based developer, began evaluating prospects for a data center in Quincy in 2007, and has listed the project on its web site for several months. The new development continues the data center building boom in central Washington, where Microsoft, Yahoo, Ask.com and Intuit, have opened large data centers, drawn by the area’s low power rates and clean hydro-electric power from nearby dams on the Columbia River. Sabey notes that while the other projects ...
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    18. Intel Cuts Emissions by 27% in 2008

      Intel Cuts Emissions by 27% in 2008
      Semiconductor giant Intel Corporation has cut its global-warming emissions by 27 percent in 2008, compared to its 2007 baseline, keeping the company on track to meet its goal to reduce its carbon footprint 20 percent by 2012, according to the company’s 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report. The CSR report highlights the ways Intel has applied its technology to address environmental, social and economic challenges, and summarizes new long-term goals to drive continuous improvement. Here are several environmental highlights from the report. Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, reduced its total CO2 emissions from 3.85 million metric tons in 2007 to 2.85 million metric tons in 2008. Specifically, the company reduced its PFC emissions by 59 percent in absolute terms and 80 percent on a per chip basis from its1995 baseline.
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    19. Show Me the Money: Uncovering Rebates and Grants to Help Boost ...

      Show Me the Money: Uncovering Rebates and Grants to Help Boost ...
      People love to talk about the millions of dollars available to help companies go green, with public and private agencies offering hundreds of grants, incentives, and rebate programs designed to help offset the costs of making businesses more efficient. The new stimulus package promises to add millions more to these coffers. In theory, this free money is everywhere. But in reality, how do you get your piece of the pie? [For more, see also our companion piece, "Ten Tips for Finding Grants to Make Your Business Greener".] "It's not easy," says John Hardin, acting executive director of the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology in Raleigh. Hardin's group is currently overseeing the distribution of the $1 million North Carolina Green Business Fund, a grant program to help ease the environmental impacts of the state's businesses. John Hardin, acting executive director of the North Carolina Board of ...
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    20. PEER 1 Builds Green Data Center in Toronto

      Canadian web hosting provider PEER 1 Network Enterprises (www.peer1.com) announced on Tuesday that it has begun construction on a 41,000 square foot "green" data center in the Toronto area. The facility is located just 18 miles or 30 kilometers from the heart of Toronto. PEER 1 recently expanded into Europe by opening its new European headquarters in Southampton, UK. According to the press release, the new facility will use "some of the most efficient products and technologies on the market, including the use of a local well for primary water supply with redundant connection to the city water system to lower overall carbon footprint and provide reduce energy consumption." The data center will undergo four phases, with the first stage set for completion in early 2010.
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    21. SMEs Must Turn Green Thoughts Into Green Actions

      According to a study released by the Business Performance Management Forum, 82% of Internet and e-commerce companies are thinking about green-based, ecological initiatives, but some companies have yet to act on their thoughts. The study, titled “Think Eco-Logical,” looks at the forces driving IT departments to make changes regarding their energy usage and other green initiatives; the study also shows that 97% of IT professionals say reducing carbon footprint is important but that little real action is underway. Eco-Awareness Derek Kober, program director of BPM Forum, says little action is underway because of education and leadership. "It's a combination of a need for more education as to the tangible business benefits that can be achieved through more ecological practices in the data center and the requirement for more leadership both within companies and in the community at large,” Kober says. “This is precisely why the Think Eco-Logical initiative is ...
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    22. Do Google's carbon offsets add up to much?

      Do Google's carbon offsets add up to much?
      Google, a company that runs power-hungry data centers, employs thousands of people, and operates a corporate jet, said on Wednesday that it was carbon neutral for the past two years. How so? Offsets. The idea of a carbon offset is to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions of a company or person by investing in a project that reduces emissions from the atmosphere. Google sees offsets as an imperfect method for lowering their total carbon footprint, among other efforts. To detractors, offsets are essentially greenwashing when companies do little more than buy offsets to meet their environmental sustainability goals.
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    23. Grading Google's carbon neutral claims

      Grading Google's carbon neutral claims
      Google reached its goal of becoming carbon neutral for 2007 and is almost entirely neutral for 2008, Google's Green Energy Czar Bill Weihl announced on the official Google blog Wednesday evening. In June 2007, Google had announced it was going to try to become carbon neutral by the end of that year ...
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    24. 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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