It’s not quite as exciting as carrier pigeons delivering data, but it turns out hunters who can’t find woodland creatures to murder habitually shoot down aerial fiber links around Google’s data center in Oregon.
Google is taking matters into its own hands this year though, and trying to prepare underground pathways for the fiber before the looming hunting season arrives in November. Read More
Offering something a little more positive in green data center news than what’s been going on lately between Greenpeace and Facebook, Yahoo is opening a new data center using their patent-pending Chicken Coop design.
The facility is in upstate New York and the neatest thing about it is that because of the clever design, it will only end up using 1% of its total energy bill on cooling. Read More
So, as much as I’ve been on the same page as Greenpeace all this time with the whole anti-coal powered Facebook data center situation, things are getting a little childish at this point.
If you haven’t been keeping up, the situation is basically like this: Facebook announced they’re constructing their own data center in Oregon to move into, and implied that it would be pretty environmentally friendly. Read More
Citi, the huge financial services company, has just earned an 84 on the Energy Star scale for data centers at its facility located in Ohio.
One of the more interesting things about this is that it’s the largest facility so far to earn an Energy Star label, although admittedly the data center edition is pretty recent. Read More
There’s been a lot in IT news and the general data center blogging scene lately about how important it is for those who run a facility to have a keener awareness of what exactly is going on in their facilities – the idea obviously being that this increases efficiency.
According to an article at Forbes.com it’s not at all unusual for CIOs not to actually deal with things like power bills. Apparently these usually go to facilities teams which aren’t even really dealing with the actual IT side of the Read More
I haven’t explored Processor to the extent that it looks like they deserve, but their article on avoiding personnel-caused mishaps in a data center environment is pretty helpful.
A couple of the most interesting points they bring up involve the psychology of screwing up. First, make sure as an IT professional that you don’t fall into too much of a routine with tasks in the data center – allowing work to Read More
Microsoft is closing the deal on a site for an enormous data center in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. The facility had been proposed in both Texas and North Carolina, but Virginia won the construction competition and will benefit from the business it brings. Read More
Biomass is not a particularly typical data center fuel, but it looks like it could be a good alternative to other less renewable sources of energy. Wikipedia has a lot of interesting stuff to say on the subject. Basically biomass is living or recently-living material, especially plant matter, used to generate electricity or heat. Read More
The two bickering companies are taking things to new levels in their disagreement about Facebook’s construction of a data center in Oregon which will be using environmentally-unfriendly coal for a lot of its energy.
Apparently this week Greenpeace addressed a letter to Facebook’s CEO insisting that Facebook take responsibility for what’s going on and work on the problem. Read More