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Data Centers Don’t Have to Choose between Uptime and Efficiency

Robert Bunger

A 2014 report from the International Energy Agency concluded that energy efficiency investments could potentially create total returns of $18 trillion worldwide. This staggering number – which is roughly the equivalent of all of North America’s economies combined – truly shows the value in adopting energy efficient measures across the consumer and business landscape. Taking   …Continue Reading

Volvo IT’s Data Center Built Underground

Linda Hardesty

Underneath a bird reserve in Gothenburg, Sweden, lies one of Europe’s greenest data centers. Volvo IT’s data center is built below ground and uses seawater for cooling, as well as wind energy for power.

Data Center Connects to Local District Energy System

Linda Hardesty

A “climate positive” data center is being constructed in the city of Falun, Sweden. The initiator of EcoDataCenter is the energy company Falu Energi & Vatten in collaboration with EcoDC AB. Schneider Electric will supply technology that will deliver energy efficient solutions and products to the project. The EcoDataCenter will be connected to the local   …Continue Reading

Data Center Owner Offers Customers Renewable Energy Option

Karen Henry

IO has announced a renewable energy program for its data center customers. Under an agreement with Arizona Public Service (APS), IO’s Arizona data center customers can purchase 100 percent renewable energy for their data center operations. Through this agreement, customers can opt in to receive access to clean power generated by wind and solar plants   …Continue Reading

How Kaiser Permanente’s Efficiency Efforts Earned ROI in Two Years

Steve Ryan

My organization has long recognized the astounding energy use of data centers – everything from server closets to massive Costco-sized server farms – that currently use two percent of the electricity in United States. For the past five years, we have embarked on an effort to certify energy efficient data centers through the Energy Star Buildings program. Kaiser Permanente   …Continue Reading

Fujitsu Incorporates Asetek Liquid Cooling in Product Line

Linda Hardesty

Asetek entered a global purchase agreement with Fujitsu Technology Solutions wherein Fujitsu will incorporate Asetek’s RackCDU D2C liquid cooling technology into its high performance computing (HPC) server product line. RackCDU liquid cooling improves data center performance by increasing energy efficiency and server density. Asetek expects Fujitsu to launch the first products based on RackCDU in   …Continue Reading

IT Managers Not So Interested in PUE

Linda Hardesty

While big name companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple are into using renewables and energy efficiency technologies to “green” their data centers, the rest of the data center industry isn’t so interested in environmental concerns, but rather, they’re primarily interested in technologies that will save money, according to a blog on GreenHouseData. According to   …Continue Reading

Google Powers Headquarters with Wind

Karen Henry

Google has signed a long-term agreement with NextEra Energy Resources to purchase enough local wind energy to offset the electrical consumption of its North Bayshore headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on an annual basis. The agreement will help to repower an iconic Bay Area wind farm at California’s Altamont Pass with new turbines that will pour   …Continue Reading

Asetek Wins $3.5M Project for Liquid Cooling of Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

The California Energy Commission (CEC) hired Asetek to perform a $3,552,678 project to install RackCDU D2C liquid-cooling in two large-scale, super computing data centers in California. The project will include installation of Asetek’s RackCDU in about 90 racks of servers and the addition of RackCDU D2C liquid cooling to servers from multiple manufacturers. Additional monitoring   …Continue Reading

Reducing Energy Challenges Data Center REITs

Linda Hardesty

Aaron Binkley, director of sustainability at Digital Realty Trust, joined REIT.com to discuss the unique sustainability challenges facing the data center sector. Digital Realty, a provider of data center and colocation solutions, is offering clients renewable energy certificates (RECs) under its new Clean Start Program.