Green Data Centers

Solar-Powered Micro Data Center at Rutgers

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The Rutgers Computer Science Department has built a solar-powered “micro data center” comprised of a small container, a set of solar panels, and batteries. The Rutgers team is also developing GreenNebula, a customization of the OpenNebula cloud management software designed to eventually maximize renewable energy use by migrating virtual machines across green data centers. Read More

HP Developing ‘Net-Zero’ Data Center Concept

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Can existing energy strategies be tied together to create a “net zero” data center that requires no net energy from traditional power grids? HP Labs said this week that it is developing such a concept, which is being tested at a 3,000 square foot facility at the company’s campus in Palo Alto, Calif. Read More

Apple: iDataCenter Power Will Be 100% Green

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Apple is doubling the size of its already-huge solar array at its data center in North Carolina, buying another 100 acres of land to house a second large installation of solar panels. The company said the expansion, along with its plan to use fuel cells from Bloom Energy, will allow it to supply 60 percent of the power requirements for its data center through on-site generation of renewable energy. Read More

QTS Data Centers Add 1 Megawatt of Solar

One of the new solar arrays installed by QTS (Quality Technology Services) at the company's data centers in Richmond and Atlanta. (Photo: QTS)

Data center service provider QTS (Quality Technology Services) is building new solar power installations at its Richmond and Atlanta Metro Data Centers that will provide a total of one megawatt of power generation capacity upon completion. Read More

How to Choose a Green Colocation Provider

Increases in energy costs have greatly impacted the operational costs of data centers, especially the costs to cool and power facilities.  Going in a more “green” direction within the data center can significantly reduce an organization’s costs as well as its carbon footprint.  Deciding which green service provider to choose… Read More

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

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