Innovating the data center industry means we have to pay attention to all the great things other companies are doing to improve operations and increase energy efficiency. There are lot of organizations pursuing greener IT, and this semi-monthly roundup of green data center stories will keep you in the loop with the latest.
This month we have a look inside Apple's solar farms, ways to improve data center cooling, how to tame your inefficient “accidental” data center in the back room of company HQ, and more. Here are August's top 4 green data center stories so far:
Patching is necessary to keep servers secure from attackers and viruses as well as free from bugs, which can sap productivity. Designing your server and virtual machine infrastructure to suit service levels and future change management will save you time and potential outages when the time comes to patch—and when it does, these simple best practices will help smooth the process.
As seminal punk band NOFX once sang, “Electricity / All we need to live today / A gift for man to throw away.” The data center industry has a love-hate relationship with electricity. It’s obviously a crucial resource that enables the productivity and innovation gains of cloud and large-scale computing, but it comes from polluting power plants, it’s expensive, and it’s delivered from an increasingly unreliable power grid in the United States. Data centers are also using more and more electricity every day.
New developments in electric generation and delivery as well as data center design innovations could help develop the much-hyped smart grid, bringing cost savings, increased reliability, and cleaner power generation. How can data centers and the electric grid work together to create the future of electricity?
On July 30th, 2014, we welcomed Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, customers, friends, and family to our brand new data center and headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The event included speeches from President Shawn Mills and Governor Mead, a flag raising by local scout troop 221, beer from New Belgium, snacks, and private VIP tours. The new 35,000 square foot building is already 1/4 full and will launch with 5MW capacity, expandable to 8MW. It is four times larger than the original facility.
“We started with just one customer,” said CEO Shawn Mills, “Today, we're very excited to say we count over 350 customers from around the world, including five countries and 26 states.”
Networkworld pushed out an article this week asking, “What Happened to Green IT?” The piece claims that interest and effort alike have dwindled when it comes to green energy, efficiency, and ethically sourced procurement. While it does concede that green IT hasn’t completely vanished, with sustainability reports now commonplace among enterprises and manufacturers still chasing more efficient equipment, the overall tone is that green IT must be resurrected by “passionate IT professionals” to keep it alive.
The article also does give a few suggestions to kick up the momentum of green initiatives, including the inevitable citing of Google, Facebook, and Apple, who along with Microsoft are truly forging a new path for corporate sustainability and green IT alike. But the article misses the boat when it hinges on the retirement of CompTIA’s Green IT certification; or The Green IT Review stating that “most organizations are struggling with or ignoring” green IT. There are plenty of counterexamples, from SMBs like Green House Data to mandates imposed by western governments.