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Power, Cooling Drive Decisions to Locate Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Renewable energy is among the top emerging technologies being considered by data center owners to help address power and cooling costs, according to a Mortenson survey at the 2014 Data Center World conference. Eighty-four percent of respondents feel there is a need to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage   …Continue Reading

Sandia Releases API for Energy Features of High-Performance Computing

Linda Hardesty

To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control of power- and energy-relevant features for high-performance computing (HPC) systems. The High Performance Computing – Power API specification, still open to collaborators for future development,   …Continue Reading

Facebook Opens Wind-Powered Data Center in Iowa

Linda Hardesty

Facebook’s new data center in Altoona, Iowa, is officially online and serving live traffic. This is Facebook’s fourth data center, joining its Prineville, Forest City and Lulea data centers. Facebook’s Altoona data center is cooled by 100 percent outside air. In addition, Altoona is powered by 100 percent renewable energy as tracked by renewable energy   …Continue Reading

Microsoft Opens ‘Off-Grid’ Data Center

Linda Hardesty

Microsoft dedicated its new zero-carbon, waste-to-energy-powered data center in Cheyenne, Wyo. Microsoft worked with Siemens Energy Management and FuelCell Energy on the data center that will operate completely off the grid. The data center uses biogas methane produced by common waste byproducts at the nearby Dry Creek wastewater facility. Anaerobic bacteria produce the biogas, which   …Continue Reading

Citi Cuts Energy Use 10% at London Data Center

Linda Hardesty

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is providing half the funding of an $8.2 million project to deliver efficient electricity and cooling for a Citi data center in London. Private co-investors are providing matched funding for the project. The data center will be outfitted with a 2.8 MW combined cooling and power (CCP) system via   …Continue Reading

Data Center Expands with Cannon Modular Pods

Linda Hardesty

Red Cloud, an Australian hosting company, has signed an agreement to deploy Cannon Technologies T4 range of modular data center systems to power its data center expansion. Red Cloud is increasing its footprint by investing in 11 data centers around Australia providing one million square feet of technical space. All of the Red Cloud data   …Continue Reading

ManageEngine Integrates Intel Plug-In

Linda Hardesty

Australia-based ManageEngine, an IT management company, is adding power management to its data center infrastructure management (DCIM) portfolio with a new plug-in from Intel. ManageEngine is offering the Intel plug-in for its RackBuilder Plus DCIM software, which can monitor 50,000 devices or one million interfaces from a single server. The new plug-in lets administrators know   …Continue Reading

Power Assure Goes Belly Up

Linda Hardesty

Power Assure, a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) company, has been dissolved, reports Data Center Knowledge. The Santa Clara, Calif. company ran out of enough liquidity to continue operating, according to the company’s CTO Clemens Pfeiffer. Power Assure focused on monitoring power consumption of individual IT equipment and server racks within data centers. In July,   …Continue Reading

Liquid-Cooled Supercomputer Saves NREL $1M in Energy Costs

Karen Henry

Crunching a quadrillion calculations per second takes a lot of energy, so it’s not surprising that supercomputing data centers generate a lot of heat. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a supercomputer that uses warm water to cool its servers and then reuses that water   …Continue Reading

Yahoo! JAPAN Selects Raritan PDU

Linda Hardesty

Raritan’s rack power distribution unit (PDU) was selected to support the service infrastructure of Yahoo! JAPAN in Tokyo. Yahoo introduced the Raritan intelligent PDU to its service IT infrastructure to monitor real-time power consumption so that decisions could be made quickly on where new servers and racks should be added to support expansion. One issue   …Continue Reading

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