Data Centers

Server Virtualization Requires More Thought for Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

With many organizations choosing virtualization for their IT systems, there are more considerations for data center managers to find a balance between energy efficiency and performance. A single server may host a number of virtualization clients with loads increasing and decreasing sporadically. According to an article in CIO Asia, metrics such as Power Usage Effectiveness   …Continue Reading


IBM Tests Heat-Pump Cooling of Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

IBM is working on a data center cooling system dubbed Thrive, which relies on a heat pump. The aim of the Thrive Project is to identify application scenarios for thermally driven heat pumps for heating and cooling in Switzerland. It will also develop heat pump technology with minimal electricity requirements designed for these scenarios, and   …Continue Reading


Schneider Uniflair LE Room Cooling Series Receives DOE Certification for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric’s Uniflair LE Room Cooling series for data centers has received the Department of Energy’s certification for energy efficiency. The Uniflair LE uses highly efficient electronically commutated (EC) fans, intelligent controls and optimization during part-load operation. The Uniflair LE perimeter units provide efficient cooling for any data center environment. And the Uniflair LE Precision   …Continue Reading


Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Jennifer Hermes

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product or project deserves recognition as   …Continue Reading


800W DC-DC Converter Boosts Power Density

Linda Hardesty

GE’s Critical Power business introduced the Barracuda-series DC-DC converter, providing up to 800 watts of 12-volt DC output power from an input voltage range of 40 to 60 volts, providing higher power density for 12-volt solutions. The Barracuda-series QBVE067A0B converters feature an industry-standard, DOSA-compliant quarter-brick footprint, measuring 58.4 by 36.8 by 10.7 millimeters. Previously, two   …Continue Reading


H5 Data Centers Deploys Eaton UPS

Linda Hardesty

Eaton will deliver integrated power management to H5 Data Centers’ high-efficiency colocation facility in Denver. The data center will deploy Eaton’s Power Xpert 9395 uninterruptible power systems (UPS), busway and switchgear for the 300,000-sq-foot colocation campus. H5 Data Centers will use Eaton’s power management and distribution systems as part of its overall efficiency upgrades due   …Continue Reading


Acquiring Renewable Energy Should Be Easier, Facebook Says

Karen Henry

Facebook would like it to be easier for corporations to acquire renewable energy, Wired reports. It took the social media giant more than a year to secure a power deal for its new 200 MW data center, currently under construction in Fort Worth, Texas. The data center is scheduled to come online in 2016 and   …Continue Reading


Waste Management Replaces Data Center Chillers

Linda Hardesty

As part of a facility upgrade, Waste Management, headquartered in Houston, Texas, replaced its chiller plants to serve its data center facility in Austin, one of two data centers the company operates. Over time, it had become clear that the two original air-cooled chiller plants in the 2002-built facility needed replacement. The problem was deterioration   …Continue Reading


Facebook Powers New Texas Data Center with 100% Wind

Linda Hardesty

Facebook is building a new $1 billion data center, this one in Fort Worth, Texas, that will be powered entirely by wind energy. This fifth Facebook data center joins existing data centers in Altoona, Iowa; Prineville, Oregon; Forest City, North Carolina; and Lulea, Sweden. And like its immediate predecessor in Altoona, Fort Worth will be   …Continue Reading


Google Builds Data Center on Site of Old Coal Plant

Linda Hardesty

Google is building a new data center in Alabama – its 14th data center site globally – but this one will be built on the grounds of a coal-fired power plant, according to Google’s blog. The Widows Creek coal power plant in Jackson County, Alabama, which has been scheduled for shutdown, will be redeveloped by   …Continue Reading