Green Data Centers

Microsoft Data Plants Will Tap Landfills, Sewage for Power

A depiction of one of Microsoft's server-filled IT PAC data center modules paired with a fuel cell at a water treatment plant. Microsoft is contemplating this approach for its first grid-independent Data Plant. (Image: Microsoft)

Microsoft is planning a waste-powered data center that will be built on the site of a water treatment plant or landfill, the company said Wednesday. The project will be the first step towards Microsoft’s goal of deploying “data plants” where modular data centers will be powered by renewable energy. Read More

Facebook, eBay Among Uptime Green IT Winners

The server room at the new Facebook data center in Prinevlle, Oregon, featuring a hot aisle containment system. (Photo credit: Alan Brandt)

eBay, Facebook and Verizon Wireless are among the winners in the The Uptime Institute’s 2012 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards, which recognize pioneering advancements for significantly improved energy productivity in IT and data center operations. Read More

Apple: Greenpeace’s Cloud Math is Busted

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Apple says it will use 20 megawatts of power at full capacity in its North Carolina data center, about one-fifth the amount estimated by Greenpeace in a report that is sharply critical of Apple and other data center operators for relying upon “dirty”energy sources to power their cloud computing operations. Read More

Second Vantage Facility Earns LEED Platinum

The exterior of the' V2 data center on the Vantage Data Centers campus in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo: Vantage)

Vantage Data Centers said today that its V2 data center in Santa Clara, Calif. has earned a Platinum certification from the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Platinum is the highest level of the LEED rating system for energy efficient buildings. Read More

Is Solar Power for Data Centers a Bad Idea?

Facebook has built a large solar array next to its new data center in Prineville, Oregon.

Solar power has become the hot new accessory for major data centers. But do these solar arrays make sense, given the current economics of solar energy and the volume of power required? James Hamilton of Amazon challenges the wisdom of on-site solar for data centers. Read More

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