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March, 2010

  • 16 March

    Bomb shelter turned data center to heat Helsinki homes

    One wouldn’t expect to find an example of green computing under Helsinki’s famous Uspenski Cathedral, but that’s exactly where IT firm Academica plans on building a new data center. The facility will not only be housed in an old bomb shelter, but its excess heat will be used to warm …

  • 4 March

    Companies save energy by integrating batteries into servers

    Given the high cost of electricity, companies are always looking for ways to increase efficiency. This may involve optimizing CPU usage or reducing active cooling, but in the case of Google, Facebook, and soon Goldman Sachs, these companies have found another way go green: integrate batteries into servers. Data centers …

December, 2009

  • 21 December

    Wind turbine powers Illinois data center

    Data centers suck a lot of juice, but in the case of one facility, the operator found a way to meet its power needs through wind. Starting in October, a small Illinois ISP began using a 40-meter (131 feet) wind turbine to power its servers and other electrical equipment. During …

August, 2009

  • 6 August

    L.L. Bean builds green data center

    L.L. Bean may be famous for its outdoor products, but now it’s also known for bringing the outdoors into computing. The New England clothing retailer recently finished work on an 18,000-square-foot facility that is a step up from the drab design of most server rooms. Located in Freeport, Maine, the …

July, 2009

  • 16 July

    Google runs Belgian data center without chillers

    Because of the intense heat generated by servers, most data centers use equipment called chillers to cool water before circulating it around the servers to reduce heat. These are expensive and use a great deal of energy, but the alternative is a bunch of overheated systems. In a new data …

May, 2009

  • 13 May

    Study Reveals Data Centers Want to Go Green

    Yesterday, data center provider Digital Realty Trust published the results of a survey among European IT professionals. Only upper management at large companies were surveyed in what is considered to be one of the largest data center studies to date. According to Jim Smith, CTO of Digital Realty Trust: This …