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Video: Shipping A Data Center 1,000 Miles

What’s involved in moving a 5,000 square foot data center nearly 1,000 miles across the ocean? This video documents how Colt shipped a 5,000 square foot data center from northern England to Reykjavik, Iceland for its customer, Verne Global. Read More

Google Embraces Thermal Storage in Taiwan

The 8 million gallon tank providing thermal energy storage for McCormick Place and a nearby Digital Realty Trust data center building (seen in background).

Google said today that it would use a thermal storage system for the first time in its new data center in Taiwan. Thermal energy storage can reduce costs by allowing companies to run air conditioning systems at night, when power rates are cheaper. Read More

Preventing and Detecting Environmental Dangers

Environmental factors like heat, humidity, airflow, smoke and electricity can be just as devastating to server room equipment as any network threat. Increases in heat from 68 degrees F to 86 degrees F alone can reduce the long-term reliability of electronic equipment by as much as 50%. Read More

What Will the Servers of the Future Look Like?

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

What’s next for server design, and how do data center operators prepare for it? “Servers are going to be very different in the future than they are today,” said Google’s Joe Kava. “I think servers will look dramatically different.” Read More

Maintaining Long-Term Reliability of Critical Power Systems

Critical applications require uninterruptible, high quality power. The most advanced of these systems are found in data centers where uninterruptible power supply and generator equipment maintain the continuity of power without one cycle of interruption. Effective maintenance is required to keep these systems dependable. Read More

Vigilent, CiRBA Raise Funding for DCIM Tools

Investors continue to see opportunity in the growing market for data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software. Today CiRBA said it has raised $15 million in institutional funding, while Vigilent has lined up $6.7 million from Accel Partners and several “super angels.” Read More

Second Vantage Facility Earns LEED Platinum

The exterior of the' V2 data center on the Vantage Data Centers campus in Santa Clara, Calif. (Photo: Vantage)

Vantage Data Centers said today that its V2 data center in Santa Clara, Calif. has earned a Platinum certification from the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Platinum is the highest level of the LEED rating system for energy efficient buildings. Read More

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