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Data Centers

Tiny Data Center Changes Lead to Big Savings

Carl Weinschenk

There are tiny changes going on in energy management. Indeed, these changes – in data centers and elsewhere – are so small that they are impossible to see. However, their impact, already significant, will continue to grow and should be tracked by energy managers.

Apple Wants to Take a Bite out of the Wholesale Electricity Market

Ken Silverstein

Apple filed last week for permission with federal regulators to sell electricity to other large consumers or to the power grid. Apple Energy, as it will be known, is mainly intended to feed its energy-started data centers with renewable energy.

Data Center Energy Savings: Start Small

Carl Weinschenk

Cutting energy use in data centers is a big and vital idea. It can be intimidating, however. In many cases, it often is best to start small. Basic ideas – some built into the data center from the design phase and some implemented after the facility is operational – can save money and lead to other ideas that incrementally add to energy savings.

For Data Centers, Knowledge is (a Tool to Reduce Consumption of) Power

Carl Weinschenk

Data centers get an oversized amount of attention because they use an oversized amount of energy. It’s been that way for a while, and will continue to be so. Increasingly, sophisticated measurement and management of what actually is happening in the data center is the key to reducing energy use and increasing efficiency.

Singapore to Look at Placing Datacenters in Hot, Humid Environments

Carl Weinschenk

Datacenters house a large amount of sensitive equipment, usually jammed into small spaces. They run hot, and therefore generally are built in cool climates. ZDNet reports, however, that Singapore is taking a stab at making it possible to put such facilities anywhere.

Apple Defends 100% Renewable Energy Claim

Carl Weinschenk

Claims that a company uses 100 percent renewable energy make for good press. It is possible, though, to meet such claims with skepticism. reports that doubt was expressed at such a claim made by Apple, which is building a data center in Athenry, which is in County Galway, Ireland. The story describes a gathering   …Continue Reading

STULZ, CoolIT Enter Data Center Cooling Pact

Carl Weinschenk

  STULZ Air Technology Systems and CoolIT Systems have entered into a strategic investment and commercial partnership. The goal of the relationship is to cooperate on development and worldwide distribution of chip-to-atmosphere data center technology. The press release says that STULZ –which describes itself as a mission-critical cooling system provider — predicts that chip-to-atmosphere cooling   …Continue Reading

ZTE, Tancent Develop Modular Data Center

Carl Weinschenk

The Asia Nikkei reports that ZTE and Tencent Holdings have developed an environmentally-friendly data center. The Tencent West Lab is a mobile and containerized data center that uses a relatively low level of energy to operate, the story says. Capacity is added in a block-by-block fashion. Such expansions can be accomplished in about two weeks. Indirect   …Continue Reading

Microsoft’s Project Natick Moves Forward

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft is set to take the next step with Project Natick, its experiment in efficiently cooling datacenters by submerging them in the ocean. IT Business Edge reports that Ben Cutler, Microsoft’s project manager on the development, said that the submersible used in the next phase of the project will be four times as large and   …Continue Reading

Brookfield to Power Facebook’s Irish Datacenter

Carl Weinschenk

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners and Facebook have announced a renewable supply agreement. Under the pact, Brookfield will supply all of the wind power used by Facebook’s Clonee, County Meath, Ireland facility. The datacenter now is under construction. The Yahoo story says that Brookfield has more than 465 MW of wind assets in Ireland. The contract, which   …Continue Reading