Data Centers

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


Raritan Restructures, Spins Off DCIM Business

Linda Hardesty

Raritan plans to separate its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software business in a transaction that will result in two independent companies. Raritan will continue to focus on its Power and KVM switch products business, and Sunbird Software will become a new company to focus entirely on the DCIM market, while maintaining a strong commercial   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Unveils Micro Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric launched its new micro data center portfolio. Delivered in a single enclosure, the benefits include power, cooling and management software to support a self contained, secure computing environment. Schneider Electric’s micro data center physical infrastructure includes the enclosure, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), power distribution, management software (DCIM), environmental monitoring, cooling and security –   …Continue Reading


Automatic Transfer Switch Protects Power to Entry-Level Servers

Linda Hardesty

It is common for mission critical data center devices to apply primary and secondary power sources, however some network devices and entry-level servers are not designed with power redundancy. For single corded equipment, Austin Hughes‘ InfraPower Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) provide dual power sources. If the primary source becomes unavailable, it switches to the secondary   …Continue Reading


30% of Servers Sit ‘Comatose’

Linda Hardesty

Consulting company Anthesis Group found that 30 percent of physical servers are “comatose,” meaning they have not delivered information or computing services in six months or more. The findings about server utilization are part of research conducted with Jonathan Koomey, Research Fellow at Stanford University, using data from TSO Logic. The findings imply that there   …Continue Reading


New Hydro-Quebec Data Center to Use Free Cooling

Linda Hardesty

A new data center for the hydroelectric power producer Hydro-Québec will leverage free cooling technology. Under a 20-year lease and operation agreement, consortium partners Pomerleau, Veolia and Ehvert will design, construct and operate the data center. By implementing a state-of-the-art cooling system that uses outside air, the data center is projected to achieve an industry-leading   …Continue Reading


Raritan Combines DCIM, IT Management for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Raritan’s new data center infrastructure management (DCIM) connector for ServiceNow is generally available. Raritan is a ServiceNow Integration Partner. The company says by tying the management of the physical data center via DCIM to the general IT management framework, organizations can manage the workflow involved in changing servers and infrastructure elements more effectively. Raritan’s bi-directional   …Continue Reading


Eaton Automatic Transfer Switch Provides Power Redundancy in Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Eaton introduced a new rack automatic transfer switch – the eATS30 Monitored platform for data centers in North and South America. Designed to switch non-phase alternating current (AC) power sources in the event of a power failure, the automatic transfer switch (ATS) is designed to allow for consistently resilient uptime for equipment with a single   …Continue Reading


Schneider Software Prevents Overcooling in Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric launched a new software module – Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize – available within its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite StruxureWare. This new capability adds intelligence to existing data center cooling systems. Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize enables data center managers to understand the complexity of airflow within their facilities, including all   …Continue Reading


Data Center Installs Bloom Energy Fuel Cells

Linda Hardesty

Data center company Equinix, is installing a 1 MW Bloom Energy biogas fuel cell project at its SV5 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Silicon Valley. The deployment of fuel cells supports Equinix’s long-term sustainability goal of using 100 percent renewable energy across its platform of more than 100 data centers. The 1 MW   …Continue Reading