Green Data Centers

Going Modular in Iceland to Slash BMW’s Costs, Carbon

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BMW Group says it expects to see dramatic improvements in its energy efficiency and sharp reductions in its carbon emissions by moving 10 clusters of high-performance computing gear from Germany to a Verne Global data center in Iceland that uses free cooling and renewable energy. Read More

Choosing a Green Colocation Provider

Currently, there are many data center providers offering “green” solutions. The question becomes this: How do I know these data centers are truly green and how do I know that this will save me money? This white paper offer Internap’s view on the subject. Read More

Google Provisions Wind Power in Oklahoma

Microsoft's deal with developer of 175MW wind farm in Illinois is its largest PPA to date.

Google has cut a deal with a local utility to provide wind energy for the power grid supporting a large Google data center in Pryor, Oklahoma. The environmental group Greenpeace hailed the agreement as a model for how cloud computing firms can influence electric utilities to boost their use of renewable energy. Read More

Data Center Water Use Moves to the Forefront

A look at the infrastructure supporting the water and cooling systems in a Google data center near Atlanta, which includes facilities to clean and purify "grey water" for use in its cooling towers. (Image: Google)

The largest data center operators have made significant strides in slashing their water use, and the industry has developed metrics and best practices to encourage broader participation in the effort. The focus on data center water usage made headlines last week when Facebook released its initial data on water usage effectiveness (WUE) at its data center in Prineville, Oregon. Read More

Best Practices for a Green Data Center

Rising energy costs are at the forefront of most IT decisions, and impact operational expenditures considerably. Green initiatives vary widely in data centers and colocation providers. Having green initiatives is a start, but acting on them and having tangible results from them to demonstrate cost savings can often times be a different story. Embarking on a path to reduce costs and your carbon footprint starts with knowing the right questions to ask.
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