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The New Greening: Converting Unused Buildings into Data Centers

Want to know a new trend in environmentally-friendly IT? Recycling unused or abandoned buildings by converting them into data centers.

It isn’t always easy to convert an older or unused building into a data center, however. To make sure a building has the makings of an effective data center, you need to take several factors into account. For example, the building you choose should be able to be cooled and powered efficiently, as well as offer additional room for expansion – ultimately making the conversion a cost-effective decision for your company. Let’s take a look at four examples of buildings that have been successfully converted into data centers.
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Hard Drive Failure Rates: Seagate Faces a Class Action Lawsuit

A February 2016 class action lawsuit argues that one manufacturer is responsible for selling hard drives that failed at a rate substantially higher than the industry average. The lawsuit targets HDD manufacturer Seagate over a 3TB model, arguing that the replacement of failed drives with the same model was inadequate in fulfilling warranty obligations because the failure rates on the replacement drives were so high. The lawsuit cites information from cloud storage provider Backblaze which claims the 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 failed at a staggeringly high 43.1% annual rate. Within three years only 68% of the drives Backblaze installed were still operational. Read More

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