Green Data Centers

Microsoft Will Use Fuel Cells to Create Self-Powered Racks

Serious Server Density: Packed racks of servers in an IT-PAC at the new Microsoft data center in Quincy, Washington (Photo: Microsoft Corp.)

Microsoft wants to bring power generation inside the rack, and make data centers cheaper and greener in the process. The company says it will test racks with built-in fuel cells, a move that would eliminate the need for expensive power distribution systems seen in traditional data centers. Read More

Portugal Telecom’s High-Concept Green Data Center

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Portugal Telcom recently unveiled an ambitious new data center project that seeks to combine progressive architecture, sustainability and the latest in IT technology. The $120 million complex opened with 37 customers, and is expected to eventually span 800,000 square feet. Read More

Iceland’s Renewable Power Play

View of the Ljósafossstöð hydroelectric plant in Iceland. Water seen flowing over the dam, at left, while water used in the plant to spin turbines and create electricity is seen coming out from under building at right. The water is flowing from a spring-fed lake, Þingvallavatn, into rivers and streams.  (Photo by Colleen Miller)

For an industry consumed by the pursuit of electric power, Iceland presents almost the perfect profile. Iceland presents an interesting test of how far data centers will go for green energy, and the place of renewables in the site selection equation. Read More

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