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Mark Bramfitt on Data Centers and Utilities

What’s ahead for Mark Bramfitt, who has been the electric utility industry’s most visible ambassador to the data center sector? Bramfitt, who is departing PG&E, discusses his plans and utilities’ role in the data center sector in an interview with Data Center Dialog. Read More

Facebook Follows Google to Data Center Savings

A graphic of the new data center power distribution system being implemented at Facebook, which replaces a central UPS with a battery built into the power supply.

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Facebook is stepping up its efforts to make its data centers cheaper and more efficient, and is following in the footsteps of Google in several of its key initiatives. Facebook says it’s streamlining its servers, and also plans to adopt a novel power distribution design pioneered by Google.
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Power Densities Likely to Drive Expansions

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Average power densities continue to rise in data centers, and are affecting the lifespan of existing data center facilities, according to new survey data from Emerson Network Power. A majority of data centers say they will run out of capacity within two years, suggesting a wave of expansions is in the pipeline.

The survey reinforces the prevailing wisdom that data centers are running out of power before they run out of physical space. Thirty four percent of respondents cited power as the primary factor limiting data center capacity, while just 14 percent cited floor space.

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Power Grid Hacking Back in the News

Can hackers disable the U.S. power grid? This issue, which has been debated for years in the security community, is once again in the news after a segment on cybersecurity on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday night, which reports that hackers disabled parts of the power grid in Brazil in 2005 and 2007. Read More

Right-Sizing Your Power Infrastructure

This white paper discusses the ways in which new technologies are impacting power demand patterns, explores the consequences of having too much power capacity or too little and then provides concrete advice on strategies for right¬sizing your power systems. Read More

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