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April 6, 2009  6:25 PM

Sorting through the Google data center summit hype



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Container Data Center, Google data center, Uninterruptible Power Supply

Over the past week, there has been a lot of discussion online regarding the Google data center energy summit held at the company's Mountain View facility last week. In particular, there has been a flurry of activity pointing to a video tour inside a Google container-based data center. Let's step...

March 16, 2009  2:41 PM

Multi-tiered data centers



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Data center design

Building a data center with one level of redundancy across the facility might seem foolish to some. Do your Web servers need to have the same uptime as your mainframe? And expensive, too. Peter Gross, the vice president of critical facilities at Hewlett-Packard who was the CEO of EYP Mission...


March 12, 2009  11:43 PM

Sorting through data center utility rebates



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
AFCOM, Data Center, Data center power management, Green data center

There's a good chance that your utility company has an incentive program in place if you boost your data center energy efficiency. But sorting through the programs can be a hassle, and dealing with the back-and-forth with the utility company can as well. In addition, said Adam Fairbanks, vice...


March 12, 2009  11:32 PM

Can you afford data center CFD?



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
AFCOM, Data Center airflow

Computational fluid dynamics has become a popular way for data centers to analyze the air flow in their facilities and determine if the cold and hot air is going where it should. But for smaller businesses, CFD is simply out of their price range. There are different tiers of affordability out...


March 12, 2009  11:25 PM

Hot aisle cold aisle and chaos air distribution



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Data Center airflow

For many years, hot/cold aisle design has been a de facto standard in data center design. But at least one person thinks that was a temporary -- and perhaps sub-premium -- fix to the problem, and that's because of chaos air distribution.


February 24, 2009  4:56 PM

Top ten industry demands from Data Center Pulse



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
Data Center, Green data center

A new data center user group, built on Linked-In profiles and spearheaded by executives from Sun Microsystems and VMware, held its first in-person gathering last week at Sun's Santa Clara, Calif. headquarters. Data Center Pulse (DCP) garnered over...


February 23, 2009  8:03 PM

Data center high density vs. low density: Is there a paradox?



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
data center cooling, Data center power

Over at CIO, there is an article about a so-called data center power-density paradox. According to Michael Bullock, the CEO of a data center design consultancy called


February 19, 2009  2:07 PM

Local official wants to build data center powered by methane



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Data center power management, Green data center

The mayor of Chicopee, Mass., a city of about 60,000 people in the western part of the state, wants to use landfill gases to power a proposed data center in his facility. According to a story in the Springfield Republican on city Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette being


February 18, 2009  6:18 PM

HP only one of big four to be off Uptime’s “Green 100″



Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Green data center

Edit: Uptime made a mistake in leaving HP off the list. The corrected Uptime Green 100 list includes them. So I guess they're green after all! I'm working on...


February 13, 2009  10:31 PM

Green Grid Postmortem: Successes and the work ahead



Posted by: Matt Stansberry
Data Center, Green data center, User Groups

This column was contributed by Deborah Grove of Grove Associates. Day one of The Green Grid Technical Forum was largely a brag about how much work was done in 2008, and the...


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