data-centers

Mindset Change to Centralized Green Data Center Processes

Posted in change-management, consolidation, data-centers, microsoft, server-consolidation, software-development, sustainability, virtualization on September 13th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft challenges existing software development processes by shifting the physical servers to remote data centers to lower costs and improve sustainability. Process change requires a mindset change for developers. …

… “Microsoft is touting the facility as its first environmentally sustainable data center. Energy is saved by consolidating processes to as few servers as possible. ” …

Via Seattle Post Intelligencer: Change corporate culture

Green Software Solutions in Data Centers

Posted in data-centers, ibm, software on July 18th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Raytheon Green IT

Posted in data-centers, education, green-it-strategy, information-technology, power-consumption, procurement, raytheon, space, virtualization on June 30th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Raytheon information technology department supports the company’s sustainability objectives through smart and green IT strategies, such as server virtualization and green procurement standards. …

… “Raytheon‘s green IT strategy focused initially on the company’s data centers, where space and power constraints offered opportunities. ” …

Via Computerworld: Raytheon IT

CORE4 Cooling Efficiency

Posted in cooling-system, core4, data-centers, efficiency, refrigeration on June 25th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Core4 delivers efficient cooling strategies for data centers. …

… “Core4 systems deploy refrigerant side economizing (RSE) that can reduce refrigeration compressor energy by up to 100 percent. Since Core4 deploys RSE directly in the return air and is based on the outside wet-bulb temperature rather than dry bulb temperature relied upon by ASE, economizing hours are increased by as much as 50 percent, as compared to airside economizing and typical waterside economizing. ” …

Via CORE4 SYSTEMS: ENERGY EFFICIENT DATA CENTER COOLING

Hotter Data Centers Require More Cooling Options

Posted in cooling-system, data-centers, demand, density, economy, future, heat, heat-load, moores-law, power-management, predictions, processor, research, techniques on June 16th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

The future for data centers is increased processor power, higher-density, greater heat-generation, and growing cooling requirements. Cooling techniques are being researched to deal with this developing trend. …

… “As the demand for data centers continues to rise, despite the down economy, Moore’s Law-the prediction that processors will become twice as powerful every 18 months to 2 years-means that data centers will produce more heat. ” …

Via IT World / CIO: Cooler Data Centers

Limit Mixing to Cool Data Center with Less

Posted in adaptiv-cool, air-conditioning, air-flow, airflow, cooling-system, data-centers, efficiency, floor-space, mixing on May 28th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Efficiency is a powerful lever for existing data centers. There is a good chance that your cooling system is oversized for the situation and yet the computer equipment is not being cooled fully. Look to reduce mixing of warm and cool air and implement variable cooling to optimize the cooling requirements. …

… “The primary reason cited for this inefficient cooling is a phenomenon known as mixing where cool and warm air mix before entering server intakes. Recent studies from various industry groups agree that managing airflow and reducing mixing can cut data center cooling costs dramatically and even eliminate the need to build new sites. ” …

Via AdaptivCool: Airflow Newsletter (PDF), November 2008

In-Memory Performance Boosts Efficiency

Posted in cloud-computing, cost-effective, data-centers, energy-consumption, green-cloud, green-it-solutions, memory, numonyx, platform, server-efficiency, virident-systems on April 16th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Non-Volatile Memory for Data Center Efficiency
Numonyx and Virident Systems team up to integrate non-volatile memory solutions into the GreenCloud server platform. The memory will boost performance and improve the energy-efficiency of high-performance data centers and server clouds. …

… “Virident servers using Numonyx memory will enable dramatic increases in performance for in-memory applications, allowing data centers to meet growth demands of the Internet and cloud computing while managing tighter cost and energy budgets. ” …

Via Virident: Strategic Relationship to Deliver High-Performance, Energy-Efficient Systems for the Data Center

Generation 4 Data Center Design

Posted in computational-resources, data-centers, demand, generation-4, generation-4-data-center, green-data-center, microsoft, next-generation, peak-time on April 8th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft Quincy, Washington data center
As Microsoft builds out its data center infrastructure, fourth generation design principles are leveraged to drive to sustainability goals. …

… “That thinking will drive the next generation of data centers. In the old days, servers would run full power 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and never throttle down. Now, Microsoft is thinking about how to smooth out demand for computational resources so that we’re not as peaky, Belady says. The Generation 4 data center of tomorrow that is being developed by the Microsoft Data Center Services team will be built more like a Model-T than a typical building. ” …

Via Microsoft: Greener Data Center

The Virtual Datacenter through the Clouds

Posted in cloud-computing, controls, data-centers, datacenter, efficiency, infrastructure, interoperability, management, server-efficiency, services, vmware on February 24th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

VMware CEO Paul Maritz discusses the company’s strategy and roadmap for enabling the internal cloud computing infrastructure that inter-operates with external cloud services through a private cloud, sharing service capacity. …

… “Maritz discussed and demonstrated three key enabling components for building a private cloud: the complete virtualization of the datacenter through a Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS), the extensions of the VDC-OS and the management layer to enable service providers to deliver external clouds and federate with internal clouds. A private cloud brings unprecedented levels of flexibility, control, efficiency, resiliency, and manageability to datacenters and allows any application – legacy, server-based, desktop or those built on new application frameworks – to be delivered as a service. ” …

Via VMware: Cloud Computing Initiatives

Incentives for Efficient Data Centers

Posted in data-centers, energy-efficiency, incentives, plan on February 21st, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

The economic stimulus plan considers small incentive to promote data center energy efficiency. …

… “But that $50 million could be directed to find new ways to improve the power efficiency of data centers … ” …

Via Greentech Media: Data Center Efficiency

Virtualizing the Data Center for Green Returns

Posted in accelerate, alignment, capability, cooling-system, data-centers, ehs, green-it-strategy, green-technology, growth, power-management, space, sustainability, techniques, virtual-data-center on February 18th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data centers will accelerate the implementation of green technologies, such as virtualization, when sustainability objectives and profitability goals align. Multiple perspectives must be addressed to develop a green IT strategy, such as power, cooling, space, and environmental / health / safety. …

… “That is, most organizations do not have the luxury, time, or budget to deploy virtualization or other green-related technologies and techniques simply for environmental reasons — there has to be a business case or justification. Virtual data centers, regardless of whether new or existing, require physical resources to support a diverse and growing set of application capabilities while sustaining business growth. ” …

Via Greener Computing: The Virtual Data Center

Pod Data Center Solutions

Posted in cooling-system, data-centers, efficiency, energy-consumption, hp-hewlett-packard, pod-data-center, power-management on February 17th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP and other competitors offer efficient data center pods pre-packaged with systems. …

… “Active Power‘s 450-kilowatt energy and cooling solution for the pod comes to $1 million for power and cooling, 25% less than others, could be a lot cheaper. ” …

Via Wall Street & Technology: Data Center In A Box