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    2. Yes, European data centers ARE moving north by Peter Judge

      Yes, European data centers ARE moving north by Peter Judge

      A couple of weeks ago, I said that increasing energy costs in Europe would drive data centers northwards. I can’t claim any great predictive skill, because it’s an obvious conclusion - but I have figures this week which back it up. In the Northern countries, the climate is better for data centers, because you don’t need to spend energy cooling your servers down. It’s also got a lot of energy which is cheap - and also renewable. A lot of it comes from hydroelectric sources.

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    3. Summit In The Sky Solves The Wrong Problems by Peter Judge

      Summit In The Sky Solves The Wrong Problems by Peter Judge

      On June 12, a plane will take off from San Francisco, carrying 100 Silicon Valley types - with a mission. The so-called “Summit in the Sky”, or Ungrounded, brings together CEOs, venture capitalists and thinkers from California, and seals them up together for an 11 hour flight to London. On the way they have a job. They have to think together in a “hackathon” and come up with solutions to a global problem. On landing, they hot-foot it to a conference, where an audience is waiting for their answers.

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    4. What's Gas Got To Do With Data Centers? by Peter Judge

      What's Gas Got To Do With Data Centers? by Peter Judge

      This week - it’s all about gas! In Britain, newspaper headlines predicted imminent rationing of gas. To explain to US readers, we are talking about natural gas here, not gasolene, and the word “rationing” is a powerful keyword for tabloid headlines. We Brits have long memories, and it conjures up images of World War II shortages.

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    5. Weightless - Will White Space Fly? by Peter Judge

      Weightless - Will White Space Fly? by Peter Judge

      February saw the arrival of silicon for “white space “ technology - which might just enable the Internet of Things we have been hearing so much about. White space radio is intended as a short-range low-power connection for devices that need to hook up to the Internet for machine-to-machine communications. There’s a proposed standard for it - called Weightless. And now there are actual chips. White space radio recycles unused parts of the radio spectrum. In any given location, TV and broadcasters are never using all the spectrum they have been allocated - because they don’t want signals to interfere from different masts).

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    6. Could the cloud evaporate? by Peter Judge

      Could the cloud evaporate? by Peter Judge

      The boom in data centers is based on the cloud. But what if the cloud fails to deliver? Last week, I was at a tech finance conference, and I seemed to be hearing someone suggesting exactly this.. Anthony Miller of TechMarketView gave one of the keynotes at the annual Cobalt Conference, presented by the UK technology industry body Intellect. And in his view 2013 will be “make or break” for software as a service (SaaS).

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    7. Politicians Pit Privacy Against The Social Networks by Peter Judge

      Politicians Pit Privacy Against The Social Networks by Peter Judge

      Should we give some thought to what is being done with the data in our data centers? The big social media services are sailing very close to the wind on privacy - and while some politicians try to defend our rights. citizens are busy throwing their privacy away. Take the way people over-share on Facebook. That leaves a trail that can be easily followed, - even before Facebook made it easier with the new Graph Search function.

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    8. Green Supercomputing Jumps Ahead by Peter Judge

      Green Supercomputing Jumps Ahead by Peter Judge

      It’s not long since the Green500 list of energy-efficient supercomputers last came out, and already a new one wants to take a place at the top of the heap. In November’s Green500 list, the top spot went to the Beacon System belonging to the US National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) Beacon system in Tennessee, with nearly 2.5 billion floatinng point operations per second, per Watt (gigaflops/W) Fl.

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    9. UN climate change (in)action - the full misery by Peter Judge

      UN climate change (in)action - the full misery by Peter Judge

      There won’t be much specifically about data centers this week: it’s time for a look at the bigger picture. We all know that international co-operation on green issues is not great. But how bad is it really? Back in November, the United Nations held the latest in its series of conferences aimed at dealing with climate change. It was generally held to be a disastrous failure. Last week I heard from some of those who were there, including a senior British negotiator - Ben Lyons, head of negotiations for the the UK Department of Energy (which has had “and Climate Change” tacked onto its name for some years).

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  2. About Peter Judge

    Peter Judge

    Peter Judge is UK Editor of eWEEK Europe, the website for IT
    professionals that leads on sustainable technology.

    A long-time technology journalist, Peter has had senior editing
    positions at ZDNet UK, IDG's Techworld, and IT Week. He has
    contributed articles to mainstream media including the London Times
    and the Guardian, as well as designing conferences, writing books and
    producing reports. He has also been a telecoms analyst.

    Peter has two degrees, in Physics and Fine Art.