Data center design and facilities
- November 27, 2019
The data center energy efficiency metric, power usage effectiveness, or PUE, is not improving. But one supercomputer data center is showing that big improvements are possible.
- February 05, 2019
Newcomer Carbon Relay has introduced two products that use artificial intelligence to help IT pros manage data center efficiency.
- July 13, 2017
New options for data center certification, including UL's debut and the Tier 5 standard from Switch, aim to more easily prove data center resiliency and reliability.
- July 07, 2017
Where in the world is an edge data center? That's a question IT pros might ask, as more companies try to define where these facilities are located and who uses them.
- March 14, 2017
Smart technologies can automate and simplify the data center -- but only if you prepare for their implementation. Learn how to transition smoothly from legacy hardware.
- June 24, 2016
Handing off most of its software business to private equity firms is one more step toward Dell's mega-purchase of EMC, and it gives users both clarity and concerns.
- February 18, 2016
Two vendors in the highly competitive DCIM market will combine through a buyout to offer an integrated platform with monitoring and asset management functions.
- January 07, 2016
Stacking containers inside a former steel mill creates a new modularly designed data center with abundant power.
- December 22, 2015
Software-defined everything, security, IoT, APIs and other technologies top our experts' predictions for 2016 data center trends.
- December 15, 2015
Data center facilities are undergoing tremendous change, with trends such as open standards and DCIM catching on, and emerging technologies pushing the limits of density and power.
- November 20, 2015
A new data center provider promises big benefits from its novel floating data center, but the idea of running IT equipment on a barge is enough to make some IT watchers seasick.
- November 06, 2015
For years, there has been more data center space and power in the New York-New Jersey metro area than anywhere else in the United States. That's no longer the case.
- November 02, 2015
Don't count out that old, empty department store that hasn't seen customers in a decade -- data center brownfield developments bring new life to these types of abandoned buildings.
- October 02, 2015
These IT cost-cutting tricks applied in data center labs can result in big savings.
- July 23, 2015
The Uptime Institute's tier-level certification will now only be handed out to constructed projects that meet the standards, not for designs.
- June 17, 2015
Organizations seeking colo data center space are now asking more questions -- many of them detailed -- about the physical security of the data center.
- May 27, 2015
Wind power will be the latest fuel for the AWS cloud, but smaller data centers may find challenges in using renewable energy.
- May 21, 2015
A new Uptime Institute assessment gives IT a system of benchmarks to improve efficiency and sustainability.
- April 22, 2015
As CRAC remains a top data center cooling option, cheaper and more environmentally friendly options will continue to emerge.
- September 24, 2014
Schneider Electric aims to improve energy efficiency and sustainability. The company's EVP of IT products discusses the future of global data centers.
- July 25, 2014
No mechanical refrigeration or dehumidification. No war between IT and facilities. Hear how Facebook's choices yield a PUE consistently below 1.10.
- July 01, 2014
Whether it's an enterprise or a research cluster, data centers are running into hotspots -- and cooling them from the outside in or the inside out.
- March 28, 2014
Green data centers promised significant cost savings, but that has been a dream deferred. So far, power-efficient chips have proved more effective.
- March 19, 2014
Data center modernization projects can take many forms, like data migration, which helped one enterprise streamline its consolidation.
- December 18, 2013
Enterprise IT is set to transition from older platforms to newer technology such as the cloud. Data center consolidation is a step in that direction.
- November 13, 2013
With on-site energy generation -- and a heliport -- Niobrara is designed to never lose data center power.
- June 19, 2013
The latest backup battery monitoring services can prevent outages and extend battery life. Plus, they take power monitoring off IT's task list.
- May 09, 2012
New Dell microservers include power-efficient Ivy Bridge processors based on Intel’s 22-nm manufacturing process.
- February 08, 2012
An addendum to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 energy standard could ease energy efficiency requirements on anyone building or significantly expanding data centers in the U.S.
- January 24, 2012
No longer limited to one- and two-socket boxes, the Energy Star for Servers label now applies to real enterprise-class hardware.
- January 20, 2012
Requests for more time to accommodate corporate review leads to extension.
- December 08, 2011
As data center operators look for new ways to improve energy efficiency, a move to DC power is all but inevitable, some experts say.
- November 30, 2011
An Oregon startup is positioning fuel cell technology for targeted use in data center environments.
- November 01, 2011
HP says the biggest social media companies are chomping at the bit to try its new low-energy ARM-based server design.
- September 14, 2011
Raritan’s new asset management tags help data center managers keep tabs on their infrastructure; and other data center facilities news.
- September 09, 2011
Emerging energy management tools, like those from Power Assure, may be what one data center manager needs to wrangle precious power resources.
- August 15, 2011
Data centers used less energy in the last five years than previously thought; and more data center facilities news in brief.
- August 01, 2011
A new research project will build a pair of data centers that generate 100% of their power from renewable energy.
- June 16, 2011
Hewlett-Packard’s EcoPOD is a double-wide data center container that gives technicians more room to work in. But managers still have issues with the data center container approach.
- June 03, 2011
APC infrastructure management software integrates with HP Operations Manager for real-time power and cooling monitoring; and more news in brief.
- May 31, 2011
The flexibility and reduced lead time offered by containerized data center infrastructure has won over colocation provider Terremark.
- May 31, 2011
Raritan dcTrack helps managers unearth spare data center capacity; Wave2Wave intros a data center on wheels; and iTRACS and TBD Fusion strike partnership.
- May 20, 2011
More data centers look into hot- or cold-aisle containment to eke more life out of old facilities.
- May 17, 2011
Talk of modular data centers and energy management software dominated news from the Uptime Institute Symposium last week.
- May 11, 2011
Google blazed the trail in ultra-low data center PUE and other data centers can replicate its results with planning.
- May 11, 2011
Under ASHRAE TC 9.9’s new recommendations, operators can increase data center operating temperatures -- and decrease their reliance on computer room air conditioners.
- March 15, 2011
APC’s InfraStruxure 6.2 now correlates location of VMware VMs back to their physical hosts; and SIOS is promoting SteelEye Protection Suite for marooned HP Serviceguard shops.
- February 24, 2011
Intel discussed key details about its upcoming Itanium processor, code-name Poulson, and other data center news.
- February 10, 2011
Without adequate power-metering equipment and data, data center energy management software can be of marginal use.
- January 24, 2011
The Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Awards help organizations recognize IT efficiency efforts in several different categories, including data center design and IT innovation.
- January 05, 2011
Data centers in hot, dry climates can save a bundle on energy costs with the latest generation of evaporative cooling technology.
- December 07, 2010
IT pros debate new Green Grid carbon emission metric. Next up? Water.
- November 05, 2010
Data centers are no longer required to put the big red kill-switch on exit doors, thanks to a committee that convinced the NFPA to revisit its data center EPO regulation.
- October 28, 2010
Emerson Network Power is the latest to jump on the data center infrastructure management bandwagon, but a lot has to happen before it can be truly useful.
- September 20, 2010
By aggregrating data from disparate meters and monitors across its data centers, NASA hopes to meet an aggressive mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in federal facilities.
- August 24, 2010
After the economic slowdown comes a server shipping slowdown, HP customers say. Many are experiencing delays in receiving rackmount and blade form ProLiant servers, although the cause and extent of the problem are unclear.
- August 23, 2010
HP says its proposed buyout of 3Par will speed up a converged infrastructure push, but some IT pros still balk at the idea of one-vendor-fits-all-data center needs.
- August 20, 2010
States such as Minnesota and Oregon have passed biodisel mandates, but data center managers say improper handling of biodiesel can cause problems for backup generators.
- August 13, 2010
These five influential data center pros helped change the IT industry by improving energy efficiency through innovation and by driving adoption of quantitative standards.
- August 12, 2010
Despite an expert's prediction in 2007, server energy consumption has not doubled. In this Q&A, Jonathan Koomey says data centers aren't the energy hogs he once predicted.
- June 10, 2010
In this interview, Christian Belady, the director of hardware architecture in Microsoft's eXtreme Computing Group, discusses power usage effectiveness and data center efficiency.
- June 07, 2010
Dr .Bob Sullivan – the father of hot-aisle/cold-aisle data center design – weighs in on hot- and cold-aisle containment, data center economizers, and variable-frequency drive fans.
- June 01, 2010
Data center game changer Mike Manos reflects on containerized data centers and pending carbon regulation and taxation for IT shops.
- May 26, 2010
Dean Nelson, Ebay's data center chief, is one of five data center professionals changing the industry. In this ifirst nterview of a series on data center game changers, he describes how end users can flip the industry on its head.
- May 06, 2010
Air-side and water-side economizers can provide cost savings for data centers feeling the heat from rising energy bills.
- April 15, 2010
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently clarified data center reporting requirements for current and future climate change regulation, which could spur behavioral change among data center managers.
- March 11, 2010
In their data center power management tactics, managers attempt to squeeze as much capacity out of every energy dollar as possible.
- February 15, 2010
New initiatives among data centers will weigh whether direct current power is more energy efficient -- and worth the risk – than alternating current power.
- February 04, 2010
The Green Grid will address data center energy-efficiency issues at its annual forum, including power usage effectiveness (PUE) calculators, powering down unused servers and more.
- January 25, 2010
RagingWire cuts energy bill $600,000 per year through data center cooling management. The data center colo facility team uses SynapSense's monitoring system, a Data Center Infrastructure Products of the Year winner.
- January 18, 2010
What were the top data center products of 2009? Our panel of judges and IT managers weigh in on their favorite servers, systems management software and infrastructure products for enterprise data centers.
- January 08, 2010
To save data center space, Terremark Worldwide, a large data center hoster, uses flywheel- rather than battery-based uninterruptible power supply for a new facility's backup power.
- December 14, 2009
A revamped green data center for the U.S. House of Representatives cut energy consumption and VM sprawl as well as improved disaster recovery.
- November 05, 2009
SAS 70 Type II certification has become a necessary evil for data centers that handle public companies' data. Some IT managers say SAS 70 compliance has helped improve IT security processes, but not everyone agrees.
- October 21, 2009
A new NetApp data center relies on air-side economizers and outside air --in North Carolina -- to reduce energy consumption and cost.
- August 24, 2009
Keeping your data center humidity at the right level can prevent system failure, but at what cost?
- July 27, 2009
Amazon Web Services data center facility guru James Hamilton says data center pros need to get out of the dark ages when it comes to cooling servers. Hamilton recommends airflow containment systems and air-side economizers to improve data center ...
- June 29, 2009
If you're considering hot-aisle containment or cold-aisle containment for your data center, you need to listen to this faceoff between Liebert and APC on which approach is better.
- June 26, 2009
In today's news in brief, Dell launched its first PowerEdge servers that meet the EPA's Energy Star server specifications, IDC delivers grim server sales prediction and more.
- June 16, 2009
A survey by the Data Center Users Group finds that data center managers are designing facilities to accommodate twice as much power per rack than they do on average today.
- May 21, 2009
After two years of work, the Environmental Protection Agency has released its Energy Star spec for servers.
- May 18, 2009
In an effort to help companies reduce their carbon footprint, author and green IT expert John Lamb explains how organizations can improve business flexibility while reducing environmental impact with numerous energy-saving solutions such as ...
- April 27, 2009
The wrong data center cooling strategy can waste thousands of dollars. In this tip, learn how airflow modeling and the correct placement of perforated raised-floor tiles can reduce bypass airflow and create a more efficient, cost-effective data ...
- April 09, 2009
The Green Grid's new free online calculator can help data centers determine how much free cooling they can get through air-side and water-side economizers.
- March 27, 2009
While many IT pros use virtualization to contain server sprawl and cut power costs, others prefer to add efficient hardware as needed.
- February 09, 2009
Publicizing a data center's energy efficiency with the power usage effectiveness metric involves factors other than facility and IT equipment energy levels.
- January 28, 2009
Data center liquid cooling is already a tough sell, but retrofitting an existing air-cooled data center is even tougher.
- January 27, 2009
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers has expanded its recommended data center temperature and humidity ranges. But do users care?
- January 21, 2009
It may not be your first thought, but design and speed control of data center air-conditioner fans can generate significant savings.
- November 24, 2008
When the water main that fed the chiller cooling its data center broke, Experian tapped into a secondary source of water: a well.
- October 22, 2008
Energy-efficiency tools are supposed to help data centers understand that energy efficiency frees resources for compute-intensive activities and reduces costs. But do they?
- October 06, 2008
The new chairman for ASHRAE's data center Technical Committee 9.9 discusses TC9.9's's work on data center power and cooling best practices.
- September 30, 2008
Commonly accepted data center best practices such as hot-aisle/cold-aisle containment may not always work, a discovery much to the chagrin of a Cisco Systems' Q&A lab data center manager.
- September 10, 2008
Data centers are concerned about energy efficiency and taking steps to fix it, according to the 2008 Purchasing Intentions Survey. But many have no way to measure whether their tactics work.
- September 05, 2008
Containing a data center's hot and cold aisles in may create energy-efficiency savings, but the design strategy can leave a facility vulnerable to fire detection and suppression issues.
- August 12, 2008
Advanced Data Centers is building a data center with a power usage effectiveness value of 1.1, head and shoulders above industry standard. In the process, ADC may achieve LEED Platinum status as well.
- August 06, 2008
This month, Oracle breaks ground on a 200,000-square-foot data center in Utah. Oracle's CIO outlined the facility's resources and energy-saving methods at LinuxWorld/Next Generation Data Center.
- July 08, 2008
Hot-aisle/cold-aisle containment is a new data center design strategy to improve energy efficiency by preventing the mixing of hot and cold air in a data center.
- May 22, 2008
SearchDataCenter.com's Data Center Manager of the year -- the Planet's Jeff Lowenberg -- improved energy efficiency at his company's data centers.
- May 20, 2008
Two companies have found ways to save on energy costs by reuse data center waste heat. Quebecor now heats adjoining rooms; IBM Switzerland, a swimming pool.