DC Links: Quincy Generators, Juniper in NC, Oil Cooling

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Here’s our review of some of this week’s interesting links for the data center industry:

Former Quincy mayor battles tech firms over generators – The data center generators in Quincy, Washington are back in the news this week. Former Quincy Mayor Patty Martin is battling the state and high-tech powerhouses such as Microsoft and Yahoo, arguing that server farms being built in her small town pose a pollution risk. The state says the data centers are safe.

Report: Juniper eyes North Carolina sites – The Greensboro-based Triad Business Journal, citing unnamed sources, reported on March 30 that Juniper Networks Inc. is considering at least two sites in the Triad for a large-scale data center project. Sites under consideration include North Carolina Industrial Park and land in Guilford County used as a prison farm. From the Times-News.

Oil cooling: Deep fried, or deep energy savings?- Extreme Tech has put together a guide to cooling using oil: “Demand for data centers to pack more hardware into the same amount of space has increased the electrical and monetary cost for air cooling to the point that it is prohibitively expensive. This situation has encouraged some companies to explore alternatives, such as full submersion oil cooling and water cooling.By fully submerging the hardware, oil is better able to affect the transfer of heat from the components and out of the facility. Much like the home-built ‘aquarium PCs,’ oil-cooled servers also have a pump to circulate the oil and a radiator to cool it down before it’s returned to the system.”

111 8th Avenue gets scaffolding mural – A vinyl mural depicting now decorates the scaffolding wrapping around Google’s New York headquarters at 111 Eighth Avenue, a major NYC telecom building. The cartoons on the 450-foot-long, 4-foot-tall mural refer to famous landmarks and key figures in Chelsea’s past, from Major Thomas Clark, who named the neighborhood in the 1700s, to Jack Kerouac, who wrote On the Road at the Chelsea Hotel in the 1950s. From WNYC Culture.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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