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    1. Microsoft Wants Data Centres To Power Themselves

      Microsoft Wants Data Centres To Power Themselves

      Microsoft wants to change how the industry powers data centres by integrating them with full-scale power plants, two company executives wrote in a blog post yesterday. According to Christian Belady, general manager of data centre services, and Vijay Gill, senior director of network engineering, data centres of the future will feature renewable power generation on the premises, completely eliminating transmission losses. Data into energy Today, Microsoft’s cloud supports more than one billion customers and 20 million businesses in 76 countries. Its data centres are powered by one of the world’s largest fibre optic backbones, providing more than 3.5 terabits per second of capacity to more than 1200 networks.

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    2. Amazon, Microsoft low on Greenpeace clean-energy 'cloud' index

      Amazon, Microsoft low on Greenpeace clean-energy 'cloud' index

      Greenpeace is releasing today its ratings on how clean or dirty tech companies' clouds are, and among those it dings are two local giants: Amazon.com and Microsoft. "Cloud" refers to storing data and applications on remote servers and data centers, which users can access through the Internet. That's in contrast with the more traditional method of storage in a company's own servers or mainframes. Greenpeace's report looks at 14 big tech companies' data centers and estimates how much power they need, as well as what type of energy — "clean" or "dirty" — is used to supply that power. The two main sources of dirty energy Greenpeace listed are coal and nuclear.

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    3. Microsoft ‘Data Plants’ to Combine Servers & Power

      Microsoft ‘Data Plants’ to Combine Servers & Power

      Microsoft is planning to bring together data centers and renewable power generation, and will announce details of its initiative this week. The company say its vision for “data plants” will break new ground in integrating electricity and computing. “We have already invested millions in research in this area,” Microsoft’s Christian Belady and Vijay Gill write in a blog post today that previews the new strategy. They predict the evolution of Microsoft’s data centers will “take sustainability to new levels with other side benefits in terms of reliability and the ability of using waste gases.”

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    4. Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 17th

      Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 17th

      For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Enjoy! Estimate: Amazon Cloud Backed by 450,000 Servers – How many servers does it take to power Amazon’s huge cloud computing operation? Like many large Internet companies, Amazon doesn’t disclose details of its infrastructure, including how many servers it uses. But a researcher estimates that Amazon Web Services is using at least 454,400 servers in seven data center hubs around the globe.

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    5. Google says industry should pool resources to green data centers

      Google says industry should pool resources to green data centers

      Google has one of the largest but also one of the greenest data center infrastructures among the world’s companies. While it’s easy to brush this fact off by saying Google can do it because it has the resources and the scale that’s necessary, it does not mean smaller companies are powerless to make a meaningful dent in the industry’s impact on the environment.

      This is according to Joe Kava, senior director of data centers at Google. During his keynote address at theDatacenterDynamics conference in New York CityTuesday, Kava called on the data center industry to band together to make wholesale changes to the way its energy use is affecting the planet.

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    6. ‘Energy Park’ Proposed at Nexus of Fiber, Power

      ‘Energy Park’ Proposed at Nexus of Fiber, Power

      With a growing focus on harnessing renewable energy to power huge computing clouds, will data center operators get into the energy business? Or will utilities entice cloud operators to build data centers adjacent to energy hubs?

      Developer Craig Harrison of Harrison Resource Corp. envisions a project that brings together the ingredients to support either scenario. Working with IDC Architects/CH2M Hill, Harrison has proposed an “energy park” on 644 acres of land near the Colorado-Wyoming border, at the intersection of key fiber, power and natural gas infrastructure.

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    7. Microsoft To Expand Its Dublin Data Centre To Support Growing Demand For Its Cloud Services

      Microsoft To Expand Its Dublin Data Centre To Support Growing Demand For Its Cloud Services

      Microsoft today announced that it is investing an additional US$130 million to expand its data centre located in Dublin, Ireland. This investment builds on the original $500m investment Microsoft has already made in the Dublin data centre, which has been operational since July 2009, providing computing capacity to customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. During a visit to Dublin, Peter Klein, Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft Corporation said “This investment shows where we are placing our bets for the future. As customers embrace Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Windows Live, Xbox Live, Bing and the Windows Azure platform, we are investing in regional cloud infrastructure to meet their needs."

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    8. DC Power Hits The High Seas

      DC Power Hits The High Seas

      The Renaissance in direct current (DC) took another step forward today asABB, the Swiss-Swedish electrical equipment conglomerate, announced it will collaborate with Myklebusthaug Management to build a ship powered by a DC grid.

      The ship’s grid will essentially transfer electrical power between the thrusters, propulsion drives, battery packs and other appliances on the ship in DC instead of with AC circuits.

      Why use a DC grid to link all of these things together? A vast number of appliances and electronic devices—computers, motors, sensors–actually natively run on DC. Solar modules and fuel cells also generate DC power too.

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      Mentions: Forbes
    9. Wind Energy Gasping for Air

      Wind Energy Gasping for Air

      Government incentives and state mandates are allowing green energy to sprout in certain places. But the possible removal of some of those stimulants could cause the industry to begin gasping for air. Fiscal austerity is one cause. But so too is the growing skepticism of wind and solar energy and its variable nature. Part of the discussion comes down to the age-old question as to whether government ought to be in the business of picking winners and losers. If wind and solar are competitive, they would make their way into markets, say free market thinkers. The flip-side of that is that the public is demanding cleaner energy and it is therefore the government’s role to motivate such development through the use of environmental laws and tax breaks.

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    10. Pictures: A Rare Look Inside China's Energy Machine

      Pictures: A Rare Look Inside China's Energy Machine

      A photographer gains an inside look at China’s massive power complex, and at efforts by the world’s largest energy consumer to spur cleaner future growth.

      China's energy use, production, and ambitions are best captured by superlatives: The country is the world's largest energy consumer, and leading source of greenhouse gas emissions.

      To power its tremendous economic growth, China has called on every fuel, every technology. It is the largest producer of coal and its greatest consumer, and yet China has more nuclear reactors under construction than any other nation. Its growing appetite for oil has kept gasoline prices high around the globe. And yet China's commitment to wind and solar power is so outsized that its young industries are now among the largest in the world.

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    11. Green Energy Profit Crash Deters New CEOs

      Green Energy Profit Crash Deters New CEOs

      Renewable energy companies are losing their allure with top executives after profits and stock prices collapsed across the industry, making it more difficult for boards to replace underperforming managers. First Solar Inc., the biggest U.S. solar company, ousted its chief executive officer in October and is still seeking a replacement. At Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the largest turbine maker, the chairman and finance director are leaving after the company cut sales forecasts twice in three months, and CEO Ditlev Engel said his own job is safe.

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      Mentions: Barack Obama
    12. Google Tops Greenpeace's Cool IT Rankings

      Google Tops Greenpeace's Cool IT Rankings

      Not that Google necessarily needs the acclaim, but Google has another reason today to gloat. It was just ranked as the greenest tech company by Greenpeace in its latest edition of its Cool IT Leaderboard. This time, Google "wrested control" of the top spot from Cisco, which last took the lead in December 2010's list and placed second this time around. Ericsson and Fujitsu tied for third place. IBM and HP round out the top 10 at ninth and tenth place, respectively. Key to Google's victory is transparency, at least when it comes to the environmental impact of its IT operations. Greenpeace's Gary Cook noted the following on the organization's blog: "Google is way ahead on climate solutions and energy impacts, thanks to its disclosure of its energy footprint, and for providing its impressively detailed mitigation plan for achieving emissions reductions."

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    13. California Reveals Price It Pays For Renewable Energy

      California Reveals Price It Pays For Renewable Energy

      California has one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy mandates – 33% of its electricity must be carbon free by 2020 – yet the price of that power had long remain locked in a black box, kept confidential by state regulators. Not any longer. Forced by a new law to publish the electricity rates of utility contracts it has approved, the California Public Utilities Commission on Friday issued a report detailing what green energy costs consumers.

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    14. Santander to build £100m data centre near Leicester

      Banking giant, which acquired Alliance & Leicester in 2008, commissions construction firm to build new 320,000 square foot data centre facility Santander, the Spanish-owned banking giant, has signed a contract worth over £100 million to build a new data centre near the village of Narborough, Leicestershire. The company has commissioned Interior Services Group, a construction firm whose previous projects include London's Olympic Velodrome, to build two identical facilities, each with over 160,000 square feet of floor space, in an area that is being developed as a business park.

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    15. Will our plugged-in planet have a green or black future?

      Will our plugged-in planet have a green or black future?

      Chances are the Internet has changed something about your life. How you shop. How you stay in touch with school buddies or look for a job.

      But has it made you greener? And will using the Internet more change your wear and tear on the planet?

      The short answer is that the Internet could save energy, if not necessarily Mother Earth.

      The more interesting answer comes in a longer conversation short on absolutes and peppered with unintended consequences.

      In Kansas City, perhaps as much as anywhere in America, that discussion could become ever more profound. If Google Inc. succeeds with plans to blanket the market in lightning-fast Internet hookups - its service will make its debut in some neighborhoods this year - the change could be transformational.

      We'll have access at home to Internet fast enough to download the city library's entire collection every minute. Speeds like that, Google hopes ...

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    16. 'Big Data' Creates Big Opportunities

      'Big Data' Creates Big Opportunities
      While nearly every device is getting smaller and more efficient, information is getting much bigger and unwieldy. Billions of bits of data are streaming in from everywhere: buildings, vehicles, manufacturers, warehouses, government agencies, credit card transactions, traffic signals, the electric grid, and just about anything else that is connected -- wired or wirelessly -- to something else. This "internet of things," as it's been dubbed, already consists of a trillion connected devices, and it's growing exponentially.
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    17. Will our plugged-in planet have a green or black future?

      Will our plugged-in planet have a green or black future?
      In Kansas City, perhaps as much as anywhere in America, that discussion of the how using the Internet will change your wear and tear the planet could become ever more profound. If Google Inc. succeeds with plans to blanket the market in lightning-fast Internet hookups the change could be transformational.
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    18. Colocation Firm Zayo Completes Fiber Build in Wyoming Data Center

      Colocation Firm Zayo Completes Fiber Build in Wyoming Data Center
      December 21, 2011 -- Colocation provider Zayo Group announced on Monday it has completed a fiber build into the Green House Data facility, located in Wyoming. The multi-tenant Type II data center provides cloud hosting and colocation services, including managed servers, managed storage, dedicated infrastructure, disaster recovery and offsite backup.
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    19. Facebook Recruits Google Green Energy Czar for Sustainability Push

      Facebook Recruits Google Green Energy Czar for Sustainability Push
      Facebook has hired Google's former "green energy czar" Bill Weihl, in a move designed to demonstrate the company's commitment to low-carbon computing and renewable energy. Weihl will begin the new post in January 2012, Facebook confirmed. Weihl reportedly told online magazine Fresh Dialogues that he plans to "advance sustainability" at Facebook. While his job title and responsibilities at have not been decided, the focus will be on sustainability, clean energy and energy efficiency, he said. The news comes just as Greenpeace winds up a long-running campaign calling on Facebook to "unfriend coal" as a source of energy for its data centres. The environmental campaign group singled out Facebook because of the company's decision to site its first wholly-owned data centre in Oregon, using electricity from PacificCorp - an energy company which makes two thirds of its power using coal.
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    20. Google Energy Czar Weihl Moves to Facebook

      Google Energy Czar Weihl Moves to Facebook
      Bill Weihl, who was the “Green Energy Czar” at Google, will begin a similar position at Facebook next month. Weihl’s hiring comes as Facebook is deepending its commitment to use renewable energy as part of an agreement with Greenpeace. Weihl’s move was first reported by Greenmonk, and has been confirmed by Facebook. Weihl left Google in November after six years at Google, during which he championed the company’s efforts to boost its use of renewable energy in its data centers. That included Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to add more wind power to utility grids that support Google data centers in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Pryor, Oklahoma. Google says it expects these two agreements alone to account for 15 percent of its company-wide energy usage by the end of 2012, pushing its overall renewable mix to 35 percent.
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    21. WindData Plans Wind-Powered Data Centre In Texas

      WindData Plans Wind-Powered Data Centre In Texas
      WinData is a subsidiary of Baryonyx, an energy company formed by alumni of British wind power company Eclipse Energy, which sees the operation as one which builds wind farms to generate power for its data centres. The approach is an example of a renewable energy company looking to expand into the data centre industry and WindData believes that its ability to offer long-term deals on power pricing will be a key advantage for its service. “We can offer tenants in our data center fixed-price power for the term of the lease. It removes uncertainty about price spikes in the market, and also removes uncertainty from any carbon legislation,” commented Ian Hatton, CEO of Baryonyx. The company has plans for up to five data centres at the site in Texas, the first of which will be a 123 square foot building, which will also be able to use other energy sources ...
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