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    1. Data Center Trends: Connectivity is Key, Green is Inevitable

      Data Center Trends: Connectivity is Key, Green is Inevitable

      This May, DataCentres 2012 took place in the Acropolis Convention Centre in Nice, France. The main conclusions which emerged from the various presentations and roundtables were clearly that challenges in the area of connectivity are central to the industry, and that no data center will be able to avoid the need for green entrepreneurship. This event is Europe’s largest content-driven conference for end users, telecommunications specialists, data center operators, cloud users, energy experts, solution providers and others across the sector. During the two days of the conference, there were more than 700 attendees (including myself) catching up on the latest developments in the market. Several experts came to talk about their views on various subjects relating to the data center and cloud sector. Topics such as energy efficiency, cloud evolution, DCIM, market prospects and opportunities were also discussed. The focus of this column on connectivity and green entrepreneurship.

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    2. Facebook Releases Carbon Footprint Data – Emissions 1/5th the Size of Google’s

      Facebook Releases Carbon Footprint Data – Emissions 1/5th the Size of Google’s

      Facebook generated 285,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and used 532 million kWh of energy last year, according to the company’s 2011 carbon footprint report, the first such data shared by the company. The carbon footprint report released Wednesday includes emissions, energy mix and energy use information for all of Facebook’s data centers, global offices as well as employee travel and server transportation.

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    3. Implementing Sustainable Data Center Practices, Part II

      Implementing Sustainable Data Center Practices, Part II
      Energy and Atmosphere & Materials and Resources It is important that architects, specifying engineers, designers, building owners and others understand what their business does today could have a lasting effect on future generations. Sustainable systems preserve and promote the long-term wellbeing of our planet’s environment, inhabitants and natural resources by avoiding waste and limiting production [...]
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      Mentions: LEED
    4. Wind-Powered Data Center Project On Hold

      Wind-Powered Data Center Project On Hold

      An oft-delayed project to build a major wind-powered data center is on hold again. Backers of WindData have scrapped plans to build a campus in a suburb of Austin that was to feature as many as five data centers. The Baryonyx Corp. says it is no longer considering a 50-acre site in Pflugerville that had been the focus of its development efforts over the past year. “The project is alive and well and we are trying to determine the very best site to locate a data center in the greater Austin area,” Graeme Walker, the chief financial officer of Baryonyx Corp., told the Austin Statesman, who cited “complications” in due diligence for the original site and said the company may seek alternative sites in Pflugerville.

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      Mentions: Dell
    5. Why there are Datacenters in NY, Hong Kong, and Tokyo?

      Why there are Datacenters in NY, Hong Kong, and Tokyo?

      Why are there so many data centers in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo? These urban centers have some of the most expensive real estate in the world. The cost of labor is high. The tax environment is unfavorable. Power costs are high. Construction is difficult to permit and expensive. Urban datacenters are incredibly expensive facilities and yet a huge percentage of the world’s computing is done in expensive urban centers. One of my favorite examples is the 111 8th Ave data center in New York. Google bought this datacenter for $1.9B. They already have facilities on the Columbia river where the power and land are cheap. Why go to New York when neither is true? Google is innovating in cooling technologies in their Belgium facility where they are using waste water cooling. Why go to New York where the facility is conventional, the power source predominantly coal-sourced ...

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    6. Apple, Challenged By Greenpeace, Says It Has A Plan To Run Greener Data Centers

      Apple, Challenged By Greenpeace, Says It Has A Plan To Run Greener Data Centers

      Greenpeace International gave Apple a mixed review over its clean energy plans for its data centers, the huge servers farms that power its iCloud and other online services like iTunes, saying in a report today that the company hasn’t provided enough details about how it’s going to reach its goals.

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    7. Beating the Green Supply Chain Blues

      Beating the Green Supply Chain Blues
      In 2005, when Walmart announced an ambitious series of sustainability goals, then-executive Tyler Elm explained the company’s decision to focus on green supply chain management: “We recognized early on that we had to look at the entire value chain. If we had focused on just our own operations, we would have limited ourselves to 10 [...]
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      Mentions: IBM Microsoft Corp
    8. Mixed Greens: IPART lifts 'fair value' of solar PV

      The NSW pricing regulator IPART has raised what it considers to be the “fair value” of solar electricity exported from rooftop installations back into the grid, but has fallen sort of industry claims it should be on a 1:1 basis. IPART says its new range for 2012/13 is 7.7c-12.9c/kWh. This is higher than the 5.2c-10.3c/kWh range for 2011/12, mostly because of the introduction of the carbon price and its impact on wholesale prices. The fair value range is merely a guide for consumers, and energy retailers are not required to pay that sum. Most offer around 6c/kWh as a voluntary payment. Some offer nothing, although all will be required to publish their offerings on a web set so that customers can shop around.

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    9. Looks like Apple will make a big bet on clean power in Reno, too

      Looks like Apple will make a big bet on clean power in Reno, too

      Apple is producing enough clean power, through solar panels and fuel cells, at its data center in North Carolina that it says it can cover 60 percent of the total energy needs of the data center. Will the tech giant be doing the same thing at its new planned $1 billion data center just outside of Reno, Nevada? While details are few at this point, it sure looks like Apple is looking to have a significant amount of its data center power needs met with clean, and grid-independent, power.

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    10. Apple Plans Huge New Data Center near Reno

      Apple Plans Huge New Data Center near Reno
      Apple is continuing to expand its data center infrastructure to support its growing cloud operations. The company will invest $1 billion over 10 years to build a center at a new technology park near Reno, Nevada. The announcement reflects Apple's growing appetite for data center infrastructure, as...
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    11. Are IT Data Centers Emerging as a Killer App for Green Power? Part II

      Are IT Data Centers Emerging as a Killer App for Green Power? Part II
      This is part II in a two-part series. Part I can be read here. Clean Energy Options for Data Centers IT and cloud computing companies have three primary avenues for sourcing cleaner energy for their data centers: procure clean energy from the local utility, purchase energy from offsite renewable energy resources, or deploy onsite renewable [...]
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    12. Rio+20: Pepsi, Coke, Levi Strauss to Set Water Efficiency Goals; Other Summit Business News

      Rio+20: Pepsi, Coke, Levi Strauss to Set Water Efficiency Goals; Other Summit Business News

      CEOs from The Coca-Cola Company, Pepsico, Levi Strauss & Co., Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever and 40 other international companies have agreed to set targets on their own water efficiency and wastewater management in factories and operations, and have called on governments attending the Rio+20 Earth Summit to make global water security a top priority. The 45 CEOs — all of whom have endorsed the Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate — have pledged to work with suppliers to improve their water practices, and partner with nongovernmental organizations, UN agencies, governments and public authorities, investors, and other stakeholders on water-related projects and solutions.

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      Mentions: Intel Cisco Accenture
    13. Bloom Energy’s Latest Funding Round Spurs Clean Tech Data Centers

      Bloom Energy’s Latest Funding Round Spurs Clean Tech Data Centers

      Sunnyvale, California based fuel cell maker, Bloom Energy, has raised another $150 million venture capital investment – making the clean tech firm one of the valued pure-play companies in the market. According to DowJones VentureWire, the Series G round is being marketed by Advanced Equities. Should the capital come in, Bloom Energy will have raised $800 million on a reported valuation of $2.7 billion over its 11-year history from investors that include Alberta Investment Management Corp., DAG Ventures, GSV Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mobius Venture Capital, Madrone Capital, Morgan Stanley and New Enterprise Associates.

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    14. Green Data Center uses Direct Current to Save Energy

      Green Data Center uses Direct Current to Save Energy

      Some data centers use natural underground reservoirs to cool their servers and cut their power usage effectiveness (PUE), or the relationship between energy used for the computing and energy used by the building. This week, Green data center announced another potential solution to save energy: the world’s most powerful direct current (DC) data center. Since transforming energy between alternating current and direct current creates heat, Green has opted to run a portion of their servers purely on DC, reducing the transformation steps from around five to just two.

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    15. Spain's Green Power Looks for Path Through the Storm

      Spain's Green Power Looks for Path Through the Storm
      To say Spain’s solar and wind sector has had a rough go of it lately is a bit of a sad understatement. Financial support and political have all but vanished over the last year, culminating in a full suspension of government funding at the end of January. Once viewed as the defining force behind the country’s recovery and a chance for Spain to etch out a position of real economic leadership in Europe, the renewable sector future all but evaporated.
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    16. Renewable Energy in Today's Data Center

      As Director of Mission Critical, Ron Vokoun, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads the Mission Critical Division of Gray Construction. Ron is a 24-year veteran of the construction industry with a focus on mission critical facilities and design-build. You can find him on Twitter at @RonVokoun. His previous column covered Sustainability in Today’s Data Center. Much has been said about Greenpeace’s recent “How Clean is Your Cloud?” name-and-shame campaign where the advocacy group graded the top names in the da
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    17. Renewable Energy in Today’s Data Center

      Contrary to protests and reports from Greenpeace, a great deal of progress has been made in using forms of renewable energy by the leading companies in the data center industry, writes Ron Vokoun of Gray Construction. Items to consider when evaluating renewable energy, such as cost, the return on...
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    18. Tech Giants, Facing Pressure for a Clean Cloud, Make it Rain with Green Data Centers

      Tech Giants, Facing Pressure for a Clean Cloud, Make it Rain with Green Data Centers

      “No trees were killed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.” It’s a fun e-mail footer that shows up occasionally in place of the rather smug variation, “Consider the environment before printing this e-mail.” It also pokes a little fun at the fallacy that digital content is somehow exempt from harm to the environment. Regardless of whether an e-mail may save a small fraction of resources over a piece of paper, it’s important to understand that as more of modern life happens in the digital cloud, there is still an environmental cost.

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    19. Are IT Data Centers Emerging as a 'Killer App' for Green Power? Part 2

      Are IT Data Centers Emerging as a 'Killer App' for Green Power? Part 2
      IT companies are increasingly exploring a wide range of green power solutions in response to growing energy use at their data centers and increased scrutiny from industry watchdogs.  In part one of this article, we described utility-provided and offsite green power options available to IT companies.  In this post, we will discuss the onsi
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    20. Apple states bold coal-free ambition for iCloud, now must explain how it will ...

      Apple states bold coal-free ambition for iCloud, now must explain how it will ...

      Apple has made a bold claim to make all three of its data centres “coal free” and has doubled the amount of solar energy powering its data centre in North Carolina. Apple’s customers certainly appreciate boldness, and will love the ambition to be “coal free.” “All three of our data centres will be coal free, which is an industry first for anybody of our size,” Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer said last Thursday when announcing that the company is doubling the amount of solar energy powering its data centre in North Carolina. This is a clear sign that Apple is listening to the 220,000 customers who have asked for a clean iCloud. Apple now needs to show those customers how it will turn that rhetoric into reality, with further action and changes to its plans.

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