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L.L. Bean data center earns silver LEED certification: News in brief

Mark Fontecchio
L.L. Bean data center earns silver LEED certification
L.L. Bean's new data center earned the silver certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

LEED, a certification

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from the U.S. Green Building Council, is for all commercial buildings, but some data centers have strived for LEED certification to show that they're environmentally friendly. The L.L. Bean data center is the first New England-based data center to receive silver LEED certification.

To earn the designation, L.L. Bean got its source materials from the region surrounding its Freeport, Maine, location, which minimized site disturbance, and the facility recycled 50% of all construction waste. The L.L. Bean data center is built to hold 144 server racks.

Rackspace data center hits the skids
When a switch from grid to generator power went awry, Rackspace suffered a 45-minute outage at its Dallas data center this week.

Some Rackspace's customers, however, reported hours of site downtime, not minutes.

The company updated the public on the status of the outage via its blog and Twitter account, explaining that it was investigating the problem in the power chain. The company owns nine data centers.

IBM offers finance deal for x86 servers
IBM Corp. is offering financing packages for purchases as small as $5,000 for x86 servers that bundle with VMware vSphere 4 virtualization software.

The deal covers the IBM System x blade, rack and tower server configurations. A sample configuration that would allow the user to virtualize 70 active workloads on a single System x3850 retails for about $59,000. With the finance package, the user would pay nothing up front and monthly payments of about $1,675.

IBM said it will offer similar deals for its iDataPlex servers later this year.

Lenovo rolls out new Intel x86 servers
Four new Lenovo servers are based on Intel's new Xeon 5500 ("Nehalem") processors.

The TD200x tower server can include up to two Xeon chips running up to 2.4 GHz, includes up to 12 GB RAM, and starts at about $2,700. Lenovo said that details on the TD200 tower server were available only through a sales rep for special bid.

The RD210 rack server maxes out at one Xeon running 2.53 GHz, which includes 4 GB RAM and 14 more available memory slots, while the RD220 can run up to two Xeons at 2.53 GHz, which also includes 4 GB RAM and 14 available memory slots. The servers start at about $1,700 and $2,200, respectively.

Lenovo said some of its server models comply with the Energy Star specification for servers but didn't specify which. The latest list from the Energy Star for enterprise servers still shows only four Hewlett-Packard servers as compliant.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Mark Fontecchio, News Writer.


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