How Google Energy Might Green Its Data Centers

There’s been lots of speculation about Google Energy, a new subsidiary the Internet giant has formed to buy and sell power on the wholesale market. Google energy czar Bill Weihl today laid out a scenario in which Google Energy might help the company access renewable energy to support its data centers. Read More

Greenpeace: Cisco is Greenest IT Company

Smart grid technology and solutions for renergy reduction in offices and networks from Cisco Systems have earned the company a top ranking in the latest Cool IT Leaderboard ranking from the environmental group Greenpeace. Read More

As Fanara Exits, an Energy Star Update

The EPA’s Andrew Fanara, who has worked closely with the data center industry, will soon be departing. Fanara provides an update on his transition and the progress of the various Energy Star projects for the data center industry. Read More

The LEEDiest Data Centers

For Earth Day 2010, we’re looking at the progress of the data center industry in adopting the LEED standard, including the upper tiers of the rating system. Here’s a list of the exclusive club of data centers that have earned LEED Platinum status. Read More

Fannie Mae’s Pioneering Green Data Center

The exterior of the Fannie Mae Technology Center in Urbana, Md., the first LEED-certified data center.

When it comes to green data centers, a key pioneer was the Fannie Mae Technology Center in Urbana, Md., which in 2005 became the first data center to earn certification under the LEED program for energy efficient buildings. Read More

ASHRAE to Google & Company: It’s All Cool

A day after leading data center builders criticized proposed changes to guidelines on data center cooling, ASHRAE said the proposed changes would not force data center builders to use fresh air cooling, but leave room for alternative approaches. Read More

Carbon Regs Seen Boosting Outsourcing

Will carbon regulation drive companies to relocate their data center operations to third-party providers in colocation and hosting centers? Or even move them offshore? Both options are getting scrutiny following the April 1 onset of the UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). Read More

Google, Microsoft Respond to Greenpeace

Google and Microsoft respond to a Greenpeace report asserting that cloud computing will contribute to climate change. Their response: the Internet is mighty green, and our data centers are getting greener all the time. Read More

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