Tag: Energy Efficiency

The Practicality of Floating Data Centers

Could floating data centers help keep data center infrastructures cool using the water available from the seas below? It’s a whacky thought that’s starting to get some serious consideration from some of the world’s top data center designers. It’s no secret that the Earth is covered by 75% water and water is commonly used to cool equipment in data centers. Given these facts, it became clear that bringing the data center closer to the water could have some serious advantages for data center designers looking to conserve energy. Do the disadvantages outweigh the advantages of using a floating data center?

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Reducing Energy Consumption and Cost in the Data Center

It is probably safe to say that most data center managers are dealing with the challenge of increasing data growth and limited IT resources and budgets. With “save everything forever” strategies becoming more prevalent for many organizations, the strain on IT resources will only get worse over time.

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Packet Power: Turn Basic PDUs into “Smart PDUs” …in Minutes

Upgrading your standard un-metered PDU to a fully metered PDU doesn’t have to mean going to the expense of purchasing a new smart PDU along with the costs of adding network cable drops and a massive integration effort with a monitoring program. Packet Power “Smart Cables” simplify the process with the entire solution often costing less than most metered PDUs and can be implemented quickly and easily.

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Green Data Centers: Sorting myth from reality

Five years ago, large organizations were just starting to become aware of the green agenda. Recycling and cutting their carbon footprint could improve their image, they realized. They gave the responsibility to their corporate social responsibility (CSR) officers and prepared to invest.

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Five Essential DCIM Use Cases to Unite IT and Facilities

There are so many new kinds of demands around the modern data center that it’s a bit hard to keep up with so much expansion. New workloads, applications, and even devices are connecting and requesting data center resources.

It’s important to understand that the data center is a shared resource that needs a shared management approach. Yet IT and facilities often rely on disjointed tools, data and processes, which fragments rather than unites data center management.

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Four major mistakes in data center cooling by Wendy Schuchart

You want to see a data center professional get hot under the collar? Suggest that maybe his data center cooling isn’t all that great. Data center professionals view data center cooling as both a point of pride and frustration – they are each very aware that it’s a constant struggle and even the slightest tweak can make a huge difference – both in saving the planet and saving money for the organization.

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No Stone Unturned in Reducing Data Center Power Consumption

There are many ways to reduce data center power consumption, and Billie Haggard’s team at CoreSite Realty Corp. leaves nothing off the table when it comes to optimizing their 16 U.S. facilities for energy efficiency.

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There Are Now 3 Million Data Centers in the U.S., and Climbing

Data centers, the key backbone of the cloud, are growing larger and more energy intensive, prompting the Department of Energy (DOE) to launch a new initiative on Tuesday aimed at improving their energy efficiency. 

According to DOE statistics, data center electricity use doubled between 2001 to 2006, from 30 to 60 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, and stood at about 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity as of 2013. This amounts to about 2% of all U.S. electricity use and climbing.

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Geodesic Dome Makes Perfect Data Center Shell in Oregon

Used to build everything from a planetarium in post-WWI Germany to mobile yoga studios at outdoor festivals today, the geodesic dome has proven to be a lasting concept for highly stable structures of any size. Structural stability is a valued goal in data center design, but the idea of building a data center shell using a spherical skeleton that consist of great circles intersecting to form a series of triangles – the most stable shape we know of – is novel.

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Forget the big chill, it’s all about the big sell

When it comes to cooling technology, the biggest selling point today is the environmental factor, especially energy efficiency. But just a decade ago, energy efficiency wasn’t even a consideration in the buying equation. Back then, capital cost was the most important selling point. It was all about price.

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