Green Data Centers

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

Apple Plans 20MW of Solar Power for iDataCenter

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

Apple has revealed new details about the operations of its huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina, including plans to build a 20-megawatt solar power facility to support its operations. Apple also plans to use a fuel cell powered by biogas that could generate up to 5 megawatts of power. Read More

Greenpeace, Facebook Announce Truce

After two years of sparring over data center energy, Greenpeace and Facebook today announced a truce, with Facebook agreeing to prioritize the use of renewable energy for its data centers, and Greenpeace suspending its “Unfriend Dirty Coal” campaign.
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Data Center Energy Efficiency Strategies

A major concern for the IT professional administering the cost and efficiency of the data center is energy consumption. This information rich whitepaper, Tackling Today’s Data Center Energy Efficiency Challenges – A Software-Oriented Approach, is a detailed explanation of dealing with the energy questions by the subject matter experts at Schneider Electric and in particular their Square D Engineering Services team. Read More

NTT Partners with Vigilent to Cut Energy Costs

NTT America is set to collectively reduce the energy required to cool its two largest North American data centers by over 7.6 million kWh. NTT has selected Vigilent as its energy management partner after a successful pilot project at the NTT San Jose Data Center. Read More

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