Best of the Data Center Blogs: March 26th

Best of the data center blogs: Gartner's Dave Cappuccio on data center cooling, Microsoft's Mark Aggar looks at efficiency and utilization, Uptims's Matt Stansberry on design trends in Brazil, Data Center Overlords on CCIE Data Center.

Here's a roundup of some interesting items we came across in our weekend reading of data center industry blogs.

Steps to Ease Data Center Cooling- At the Gartner Blog Network, Dave Cappuccio looks at data center cooling: " in most older data centers (older being 10+ years), there are plenty of low hanging fruit to choose from when deciding what project to undertake in order to develop a more efficient cooling environment within the data center.Over the next few posts I’ll posit 10 of the easy steps you can take to solve, or mitigate the cooling issue at your site."

The Power of Incentives on Data Center Efficiency - Mark Aggar, the Senior Director of Technology Strategy for Environmental Sustainability at Microsoft, weighs in on utilization."Underlying all those boasts about new, 'energy efficient' data centers, there is usually a dirty little secret: the servers are often woefully under-utilized. Most work at less than 10 percent of their capacity, but suck up about half of the energy that they would when running at full capacity. So all over the world, millions of servers operate like mostly empty delivery trucks, consuming lots of resources, but delivering very little."

Data center design trends in Brazil - From Matt Stansberry at the Uptime Institute blog:"Modular data center designs are becoming increasingly common in Brazil. The panelists also said Brazil’s data center designs tend to look more like European installations with smaller data center deployments than are typically built in the U.S. The data center design panel also noted that economization or free cooling is becoming viable in Brazil as data center operators start raising inlet air temperatures."

CCIE Data Center: It’s Official - From Tony Bourke at The Data Center Overlords blog: "My twitter mentions were blowing up like a Michael Bay movie about the news that the CCIE Data Center certification was officially-officially announced at Cisco Live! in Melbourne this week. We’ve been teased with it for years, such as thinking we were getting it at Cisco Live last year, but our hopes were dashed."

Amazon reaches for datacentres with Eucalyptus deal - From Jack Clark at ZDNet's Mapping Babel: "Amazon and Eucalyptus Systems have entered into a technology partnership that will see Eucalyptus's private cloud technology get API integration with Amazon Web Service, smoothing the process of migrating data between on-premise datacentres and the Amazon cloud."