Green Data Centers

Greenpeace vs. Apple Feud Fueled by Strange Math

The exterior of the Apple data center facility in Maiden, North Carolina (Source: Apple)

Greenpeace has issued a “regrading” of Apple’s data centers that gives the company Cs and Ds – as opposed to its earlier Ds and Fs. But the environmental group continues to use an estimate of Apple’s power use in its North Carolina data center that is four times higher than Apple’s numbers. Read More

eBay: Bloom Boxes Will Power Utah Data Center

Are fuel cells powered by natural gas, like these Bloom Energy Servers, the future of emergency backup power? (Image: Bloom Energy)

The newest eBay data center project in Utah will run entirely on power generated by fuel cells from Bloom Energy, the company said this week. eBay will overhaul its power infrastructure to dramatically reduce its reliance on uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units and backup generators. Read More

Solar-Powered Micro Data Center at Rutgers


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


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


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

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