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  • Can an eco-friendly colo data center really save you some green?

    Many companies want greener IT operations, whether to save money or help the environment. But where do colo data centers fit in?

  • Green data centers fail to live up to cost-savings promise

    Green data centers promised significant cost savings, but that has been a dream deferred. So far, power-efficient chips have proved more effective.

  • heat pump

    A heat pump is a device that takes heat from one source and moves it to another location through electric or mechanical means. Heat pumps may be used either to heat or cool. Heat pump technologies include phase change, thermoelectrics, thermoacoustic and magnetic coolers.

  • Open-source server, hardware additions energize Open Compute Project

    A number of Open Compute Project members are breathing new life into server hardware designs, including big names traditionally focused on software.

  • integrated solar

    Integrated solar is the inclusion of solar power technology as a part of original construction rather than as a separate module that is added later. Solar energy may be gathered thermally or through the use of photovoltaic cells. Integrated solar is most commonly seen in buildings, where it is sometimes referred to as building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV).

  • Information technology outsourcing reduces data center energy draw

    Outsourcing is a way to reduce hardware in the data center. The benefits will save you more than just space.

  • Design efficient data center cooling systems

    Businesses can slash data center energy consumption with a combination of updated technologies and technical practices.

  • building management system

    Building management system (BMS) is a computer system that tracks power used by IT equipment and air conditioning systems in the data center.

  • Used servers live longer with virtualization, updates and support

    Server refresh cycles can be more nuanced than a rip and replace of used servers. Consider these options for longer server lifecycles.

  • Take another look at your data center cooling methods

    Data center cooling is one of the most common trouble spots for data center facilities managers; overheating servers and under-rated cooling systems can lead to performance problems and failures, but best practices for cooling your data center can be complicated. This guide to data center cooling covers proven cooling techniques and best practices for your data center. It also illustrates how you can get the greatest bang for the buck given your data center design, infrastructure, budget and other needs.

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  • Green data centers fail to live up to cost-savings promise

    Green data centers promised significant cost savings, but that has been a dream deferred. So far, power-efficient chips have proved more effective.

  • heat pump

    A heat pump is a device that takes heat from one source and moves it to another location through electric or mechanical means. Heat pumps may be used either to heat or cool. Heat pump technologies include phase change, thermoelectrics, thermoacoustic and magnetic coolers.

  • Take another look at your data center cooling methods

    Data center cooling is one of the most common trouble spots for data center facilities managers; overheating servers and under-rated cooling systems can lead to performance problems and failures, but best practices for cooling your data center can be complicated. This guide to data center cooling covers proven cooling techniques and best practices for your data center. It also illustrates how you can get the greatest bang for the buck given your data center design, infrastructure, budget and other needs.

  • Warning: Failure to comply with data center maintenance is reckless

    Ensuring that your data center runs safely can be hard work, but upholding maintenance best practices is imperative. Adopt and build upon these rules.

  • geothermal energy

    Geothermal energy is renewable, clean power derived from the thermal energy in subterranean earth. The earth’s thermal energy is created by the decay of radioactive elements in the earth along with the heat from the sun and that remaining from the earth’s creation. Unlike solar power or wind power, geothermal energy is not interrupted by lull times. The technology also has a small carbon footprint in development.

  • TechWatch: Why your data center might need a fuel cell generator

    You may know fuel cell technology from following NASA space missions, but that same clean, quiet generator could help your data center's power demand.

  • What should you do with old servers and outdated data center equipment?

    Complications arise when replacing nonfunctional data center equipment. Decide what to do with the old equipment and how to handle retrofits.

  • Can older rack cooling technology handle higher server density?

    Not every facility requires costly cooling upgrades after a server refresh. Use these tips to keep server rack density in line with cooling options.

  • What is a PDU in an intelligent, energy-aware data center?

    Next-generation PDUs share more information with data centers, which can improve understanding of data center conditions.

  • Your data lives where?! Strange and secure data center locations

    In these data center pictures, tour barges, former mines and oil rigs. Sometimes a strange location makes the most sense for a secure data center.

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