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Microsoft, UTSA Sign Data Center Distributed Energy Agreement

Energy Manager Today Staff

The University of Texas at San Antonio and Microsoft have announced a three-year agreement to research and develop sustainable technologies aimed at making data centers more energy efficient. The multi-disciplinary research will focus on expanding business opportunities for new distributed energy technology that reduces energy consumption and emissions, improve reliability and contribute to a sustainable   …Continue Reading


Apple Buys Hydro Plant

Energy Manager Today Staff

Apple has purchased a hydro electric plant near its Prineville, Ore., data center, reports The Oregonian. The small plant is located near Haystack Reservoir in Jefferson County about 20 miles from Prineville. The price Apple paid for the plant is unknown, but EBD Hydro – the facilities previous owner – secured $8.5 million in federal loans and   …Continue Reading


Software Defined Power in Load Balanced Web Services Environments

Energy Manager Today Staff

Application load balancing is done by distributing workload across many computer servers.  In the hosting industry, it is commonly used for balancing http(s) traffic over multiple nodes acting together as a web service.  A load balancer will enable users to optimally distribute traffic from a single access point to any number of servers using any number   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Publishes Updates on Liquid Cooling for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE’s second edition “Liquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers” provides best practice guidance for implementing liquid cooling systems in data centers. The book addresses increased interest in liquid cooled IT equipment at the rack, equipment and component levels as well as reuse of the heat rejected from IT equipment. The revised edition also includes   …Continue Reading


Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading


3M, SGI, Intel Demo Immersion Cooling for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

3M announced the implementation of a supercomputer developed in collaboration with Intel and SGI that uses a two-phase immersion cooling technology pioneered by 3M. In the proof-of-concept, SGI’s ICE X supercomputer and Intel’s Xeon processor E5-2600 hardware are placed directly into 3M’s Novec Engineered Fluid. The fluid is a dielectric that keeps the hardware cooled   …Continue Reading


‘Cool’ Ideas Abound for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

The higher temperature ranges and increased humidity levels set for data centers by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have spawned innovative ideas for data center cooling, according to the Wall Street Journal. For instance, REI is utilizing evaporative cooling at its data center near Seattle, Wash. REI’s retrofit led   …Continue Reading


Internap Deploys Schneider UPS at New Data Center

William Opalka

Internet infrastructure provider Internap will equip its new hybrid data center in New Jersey with an array of technologies from Schneider Electric to enhance operational efficiency and reduce costs. Schneider will deploy its Symmetra uninterruptible power supply (UPS) modules, Square D Switchgear for protecting and controlling electrical currents, and Schneider Electric’s Building Management System (BMS) for control of HVAC   …Continue Reading


TSO Logic Debuts Energy Dashboard for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

TSO Logic unveiled its Data Center Efficiency Console (DEC), a shareable, widget-style dashboard with data about application performance, power consumption and operating costs. Integrated with TSO Logic’s Application-Aware Power Management software, the DEC displays dozens of metrics to establish benchmarks and set efficiency targets company-wide, including: Cost per transaction, Power usage by power source, Average server utilization levels,  Revenue   …Continue Reading


Yahoo! Boosts Energy Efficiency 37% in Data Center

Linda Hardesty

SynapSense, a provider of wireless monitoring and cooling control solutions, is working with Yahoo! to save 4.6 million kWh annually at Yahoo’s data center in Quincy, Wash. The companies are working together to reduce cooling costs, recover stranded cooling capacity and improve operational resiliency of the data center’s cooling infrastructure – reducing the cooling energy   …Continue Reading


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