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We brought together leaders from the world of energy networks and from digital infrastructure in San Francisco - here's what they had to say.

Chapters<p>A lot of people are asking if data centers use too much energy. The real issue is bigger: Can data centers and the energy supply industry …

San Francisco

Cloud Giants Disagree on the Future of Corporate Data Centers

We heard two very different perspectives on the future of on-premise enterprise data centers from top executives on this week’s earnings calls by two …

Amazon Web Services

How Amazon Prevents Data Center Outages Like Delta’s $150M Meltdown

It’s typical for hyper-scale data center operators like Amazon to build their own infrastructure technology when it isn’t available on the market or …

Here are the 10 Largest Data Center Providers in the World

As the last several years have shown, bigger is better when it comes to running a colocation data center services business. The biggest companies in …

Underprovisioning backup power infrastructure for datacenters

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Leveraging stored energy for handling power emergencies in aggressively provisioned datacenters

Extracted

Microsoft Data Center to Guard Utility Grid from Blackouts

As the power requirements of its data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, approach 35MW, Microsoft and its energy provider in the area are laying the …

Energy

What Facebook Has Learned from Regularly Shutting Down Entire Data Centers

As we have reported before, Facebook has one of the boldest approaches to testing its infrastructure resiliency. The Facebook data center team …

North Carolina

Google Gives Facebook’s Open Rack a 48V Makeover

While data center racks designed by Facebook and Google share many common principles – a shared power source for multiple servers in the rack is one …

Fidelity Investments

Conditioned Data Center Power as a Service?

One of the oldest arguments for moving enterprise applications to the cloud sounds like something an accountant would like: Cloud services, paid for …

US data centers aren't energy hogs - report

Minimal growth predicted - and the cloud could actually reduce data center energy demands, says LBNL study

Renewable Energy

Here’s How Much Energy All US Data Centers Consume

<b>I</b>t’s no secret that data centers, the massive but bland, unremarkable-looking buildings housing the powerful engines that pump blood through the …

Inside the Facebook Data Center in Sweden (Video)

Few companies design and build data centers at Facebook’s scale, and the social network’s three-year-old computing facility in Luleå, Sweden, is one …

Daniel Ek

Apple Creates Energy Company to Sell Renewable Energy it Generates

Apple has created an energy company called Apple Energy LLC so it can sell energy generated by renewable-energy plants it has invested in around the …

Renewable Energy

How Server Power Supplies are Wasting Your Money

<i>Our theme this month is intelligent data center management software tools. Data center management technologies have come a long way, as companies</i> …

Virtualization

Facebook Data Centers: Huge Scale at Low Power Density

<i>This month, we focus on the open source data center. From innovation at every physical layer of the data center coming out of Facebook’s Open Compute</i> …

Web Servers

Go on a Virtual 360-Degree Google Data Center Tour

Google builds some of the largest, most sophisticated, and energy efficient data centers in the world. Unfortunately for data center professionals …

Amazon Web Services

The chips are down for Moore’s law

The semiconductor industry will soon abandon its pursuit of Moore's law. Now things could get a lot more interesting.<p>Next month, the worldwide …

Curb Data Center Downtime with Predictive Maintenance

<i> Paul Lachance is President of Smartware Group.</i>As the the world becomes increasingly dependent on the Internet, data centers have come to power our …

Thought Leadership

Achieving Data Center Containment Through Seismic Requirements

Conventional wisdom is pretty clear that when it comes to a choice between saving a buck and saving your butt, anatomy takes precedence. Hence, when …

Airspace

Project Natick

What is Project Natick?<p>Project Natick is a Microsoft research project to manufacture and operate an underwater datacenter. The initial experimental …

Microsoft is experimenting with underwater data centers

Is data better down where it's wetter?<p>When your laptop or your smartphone gets hot, you know it's crunching a lot of data. So you can imagine the amount of heat generated by the racks upon racks of servers that store and process the world's digital lives. Keeping these data centers cool is such a …

Data Center Design: Which Standards to Follow?

<i>This month, we focus on data center design. We’ll look into design best practices, examine in depth some of the most interesting recent design</i> …