Telus green data center planned for Rimouski Quebec

Posted in certification, country-canada, data-center-design, green-design, green-power, low-power, telus on May 18th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Telus is investing $65 million into a Tier III Intelligent Internet Data Centre in Rimouski, Quebec.  The facility will integrate green design to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.

Skanska will build the green data center with a target rating Power Usage Effectiveness, or PUE,  of 1.15.  …

…   “Rimouski is an ideal location for TELUS’ Intelligent Internet Data Centre because of the city’s highly skilled and dynamic workforce. By choosing to build the facility in Rimouski, TELUS can also benefit from one of Quebec’s unique advantages, its hydroelectric power — an abundant source of green energy.

Rimouski’s moderate climate also contributes to lower energy requirements for the building’s cooling and heating systems. Furthermore, locating the facility more than 250 kilometres from large city centres offers TELUS’ business clients the benefits of greater geographic diversity and improved business continuity.”   …


Updated metrics for datacenter efficiency measurements

Posted in data-center-efficiency-program, green-grid, green-power, low-power, metrics, pue, servers on May 17th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

The Green Grid has posted updated guidelines for applying its PUE, or Power Usage Effectiveness, metric.  The update includes specific recommendations for how to measure and calculate PUE in mixed-use data center facilities and introduces a condenser water source energy weighting factor.

Enhanced principles are introduced into the measurement definitions:

…   “When calculating PUE, IT energy consumption should, at a minimum, be measured at the output of the uninterruptible power supply (UPS). However, the industry will continue to improve measurement capabilities so that measurement of IT energy consumption directly at the IT load (e.g., servers, storage, network, etc.) becomes the common practice.”   …


Facebook Open Compute Project Hacks Infrastructure for Energy Efficiency

Posted in data-center, data-center-design, data-center-efficiency-program, facebook, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, reduce-power-consumption on April 8th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Facebook’s Prineville data center has reduced its energy consumption by 38 percent and delivers the same work as the company’s existing facilities.

Facebook is sharing its achievements through the Open Compute Project to collaborate with the technology industry on sustainable practices in the green data center.  …

…   “As a first step, we are publishing specifications and mechanical designs for the hardware used in our data center, including motherboards, power supply, server chassis, server rack, and battery cabinets.

In addition, we’re sharing our data center electrical and mechanical construction specifications.

This technology enabled the Prineville data center to achieve an initial power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.07, compared with an average of 1.5 for our existing facilities.”   …

Via Facebook: Efficient Data Centers.

I/O virtualization green effects

Posted in green-power, servers, virtual-io on February 4th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Virtual I/O is shared among servers saving the power and costs of individual server NICs.  …

…   “other forms of virtualization, such as VDI and I/O virtualization, have emerged as the next candidates for disruptive technology of the year.”   …

via Data Center Dynamics: I/O virtualization.

Brocade Custom In-Row Cooling System Enables Green Data Center

Posted in air-economizers, brocade, cooling-system, data-center-design, education, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, low-power on September 14th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Custom Mechanical Systems and Critchfield Mechanical collaborate to create advanced in-row cooling technology installation for Brocade’s green data center in San Jose.  …

…   “The Brocade San Jose-based data center incorporates technology from CMS and CMI that provides a cutting-edge in-row cooling system with water-side economizer to minimize fan usage and maximize efficiency, saving half a megawatt of energy at full build-out. 

The custom cooling system from CMS and CMI has played a key role in the Brocade data center, featuring fan efficiencies superior to all other cooling options available on the market today.  

Brocade’s data center and its use of custom in-row cooling units, coupled with a highly efficient chilled water plant inclusive of a water-side economizer, provides a mechanical system with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.3. 

Data centers of this size typically have a PUE of greater than 1.5. 

To ensure a fully-customizable and flexible product, multiple iterations of the design were produced in order to meet Brocade’s specifications; 

CMS also worked with the construction team to design features that will simplify maintenance and improve reliability. 

These features include:

  • variable speed ECM motors, 
  • fan redundancy, and a 
  • low-cost maintenance design. ”   …

Via Custom Mechanical Systems: Brocade San Jose Data Center.

Custom Mechanical Systems.

Critchfield Mechanical.

Data center integration boosts power monitoring capabilities

Posted in green-grid, green-it-solutions, green-power, integration, modius, nimsoft on September 12th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Modius will integrate its capabilities into the Nimsoft Monitoring Solution to enable data center energy visibility and drive actions for optimization.  …

…   “The planned integration will enable customers to access a real-time data feed to all power and cooling equipment in the data center via the Nimsoft Monitoring Solution, which collects data from electrical units and produces a variety of Green Grid Metrics.

Using this data, operators can quickly estimate the energy efficiency of their data centers and compare the results against other data centers to determine what improvements or modifications, if any, would be worthwhile. “   …

Via Modius: Integrated Data Center Management.

Facebook Greenpeace Datacenter Controversy

Posted in datacenter, energy-efficient, facebook, green-power, greenpeace, state-oregon on September 2nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Greenpeace sustains its challenge to Facebook to seek more sustainable power sources for its Oregon data center.  …

…   “But Facebook says Greenpeace is offering a simplistic explanation of how energy grids work, and the company chose the location of its data center because it could be energy efficient.

To say the Facebook chose coal is inaccurate, said spokesman Barry Schnitt. “   …

Via AP: Greenpeace v Facebook.

Energy-aware green data center network through intelligent power discovery

Posted in energy-aware, green-data-center, green-it-solutions, green-power, hp-hewlett-packard, power-discovery, servers on June 23rd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP delivers its roadmap of converged infrastructure that integrates power discovery to provide transparency into energy performance.  …

…   “HP Intelligent Power Discovery: Eliminates over-provisioning in the data center: Accurate and timely power usage data and control can save companies millions of dollars in data center energy costs.

HP Intelligent Power Discovery is an industry-first advancement for green data centers that creates an automated, energy-aware network between HP ProLiant servers third-party facility management tools and data center power grids.

Expanding on HP’s Data Center Smart Grid solutions, the software provides greater transparency and insight into power usage by creating a real-time, graphical map of energy usage across servers and facilities.

By accurately provisioning energy, clients can extend the lives of their data centers and save up to $5 million per every 1,000 servers in one year. “   …

Via HP: Converged Infrastructure.

Intelligent power discovery.

Ultra-efficient data center initiative

Posted in country-canada, data-center-design, green-data-center, green-design, green-it-initiatives, green-power, supercomputer on June 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego and CLUMEQ, a Canadian High Performance Computing consortium, will collaborate to design an ultra-efficient data center as part of a program to promote green IT initiatives.  …

… “Under the partnership, SDSC and CLUMEQ/McGill University researchers will design and build a business case and a conceptual design for a jointly-managed, ultra-efficient data center to be built in Quebec, which has an abundance of green hydroelectric power and an ideally suited cool climate that can provide free cooling to the data center’s high-performance computer systems for much of the year.

Hydro Quebec, Quebec’s state-owned utility, Rumsey Engineering of Oakland, California, and ClimateCHECK, an Ottawa-based firm specializing in green house gas ( GHG ) emission standards and measurement, are collaborating on the project. “   …

Via SDSC: Green Data Center (Link).

Oil Services Data Centre Achieves Tangible Value from Energy Efficiency

Posted in cooling-system, country-uk, data-centre, ecofris-cooling, energy-efficiency, green-design, green-grid, green-power, keysource, power-analysis, power-usage-effectiveness-rating, pue, the-green-grid on June 16th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Keysource collaborates with Petroleum GeoServices to implement ecofris data centre cooling technology, which results in significant tangible energy efficiency benefits.  …

…   “Initial results confirm that the data centre has achieved a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio – an energy calculation recommended by industry sponsored organisation Green Grid – of 1.2 compared to a typical UK figure for a conventionally designed data centre of 2.2. “   …

Via Keysource: Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) data centre case study (PDF).

Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) offers a broad range of products including; seismic and electromagnetic services, data acquisition, processing, reservoir analysis/interpretation and multi-client library data.

Motherboard GPU manages energy efficiency

Posted in cpu, energy-efficient, gpu, green-power, motherboard on June 11th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Biostar integrates energy efficiency enablers into its motherboards.  …

…   “BIOSTAR G.P.U (Green Power Utility) is a new function for BIOSTAR Motherboards, it will enhance energy efficiency by disabling extra phases while CPU on light loading. “   …

Via Biostar: Configuration.

Green data centers powered by dairy farm generated biogas

Posted in biogas, colocation, data-center, electricity-usage, green-data-center, green-power, hp-hewlett-packard on May 21st, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP positions green data centers for future location with dairy farms.  …

…   “The company released a paper this week detailing how colocated data centers and dairy farms could work together to leverage one another’s waste: Biogas derived from the cow manure could generate electricity for the data center. “   …

Via InfoWorld: Cow Poop Put to Use ….