September 15, 2008

Data center barges on the sea

Databarge_3 Last February, we posted about Bill Weihl, Google's green energy czar, and Google's RE<C energy strategy. RE<C stands for Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal, and is Google's strategy to produce 1 gigawatt of energy capacity through renewable sources like solar, wind and geothermal, to power its data centers.

Two weeks ago, Google filed a patent to house data centers on barges at sea.  The idea is to use waves to power the data centers, ocean water to cool them, and a moored distance or seven miles or more to avoid paying taxes. Google concedes the idea is one of many and may not be pursued but they get a lot of credit for thinking differently about the challenges facing data centers.

Read more on the TimesOnline and

Picture credit to TimesOnline.

by Will Runyon September 15, 2008
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September 09, 2008

WSJ: Cutting Tech's Energy Bill

The Wall Street Journal's Bill Bulkeley reports in today's edition that "Power use in data centers -- the large, climate-controlled rooms that house a company's computer servers, storage devices and communications switches -- doubled from 2000 to 2006 and now accounts for about 1.5% of U.S. electricity consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency."

Idc Bulkeley also reports that IBM, HP and others are finding opportunities and profits in helping companies improve their data centers' efficiency and energy use through better data center design, more energy efficient servers, virtualization and improved cooling.  "IBM surprised Wall Street this year when it said its new "Green Data-Center Services" business -- which redesigns customers' data centers and sells energy-efficient products -- signed $300 million in orders in the 2007 fourth quarter.  IBM Chief Executive Samuel Palmisano recently told analysts that IBM expects more than 70% of the world's biggest companies 'will modify their data centers significantly in the next five years' to deal with energy shortfalls and rising costs."

Bulkeley also cites that "Hartford Financial Services Group, a Connecticut-based insurer that hired IBM to help it redesign its computer rooms, decided to shut down six of its seven data centers and put its back-up site inside a "green" IBM data center in Boulder, Colo. The new configuration is saving electricity costs and was also "appealing as a good corporate citizen caring about the environment," says Elaine Martinelli, the insurer's senior vice president for technology shared services."

by Will Runyon September 9, 2008
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September 02, 2008

Batman, Iron Man . . . Meet Green Data Center Man

by Will Runyon September 2, 2008 in Design, Energy Efficiency, Power & Cooling, Services, SysAdmins
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