Cryptocurrency is hot. Really hot. Enough that your layman uncle, who’s not exactly plugged into the technology scene, has picked up a few — plus a few altcoins just to hedge his bets. While he might just be having fun with a little gamble, there are others who are pouring thousands and thousands of dollars into specifically designed bitcoin mining servers, many of which are placed in data centers similar to those here at Green House Data.
The demand has helped to spike bitcoin to a value of around $15,000 USD per single bitcoin. It nearly reached $20,000 in December. But much like your Snapchats, each bitcoin transaction comes with its own environmental price tag. In fact, bitcoin mining may be the most energy-intensive activity happening in data centers today.
The Digiconomist has an ongoing tracker chart listing the energy consumption of the bitcoin network. It isn’t pretty. While these statistics are estimated, they currently sit at nearly 37 Terawatt-hours each year. That rivals many smaller industrialized countries' entire annual electricity consumption.
We return to our ongoing series, Get to Know Green House Data, to chat with Managed Services Senior Engineer Kyle Langford. Kyle explains how a custom-built PC led him from his Fort Morgan upbringing to the I.T. industry, and why he feels like his coworkers have become family. Plus, he admits he would be first to get eaten in a zombie apocalypse.
Welcome back to Get to Know Green House Data, in which we introduce members of the teams who run your wires, update your cloud, take care of your billing, and hash out new products.
This week, we go to Seattle to talk to Data Center Operations Specialist Mike Wittenberger, who recently spearheaded the implementation of cold aisle containment in our Westin Building facility. Mike explains his globetrotting upbringing and spills the beans on some of his favorite spots in Seattle.
We're back with another edition of Get to Know Green House Data! If this is your first time reading, this blog series introduces the staff running, promoting, troubleshooting, and supporting our data center facilities and services across the country.
This week, we visit with Managed Services Administrator Stephen Martin, who describes the exciting early days of the internet and the rapid pace of technology advances he encountered while serving in the Air Force, and explains what an "Iron Butt" ride is.
Welcome back to Get to Know Green House Data, our bimonthly series that introduces you to the team behind the data centers. This week, we head down to Denver to talk to Joe Kozlowicz, the Content and Community Engagement Manager on our marketing team, who describes the ideal compromise between donuts and bacon, his favorite activities in the Mile High City, and why he enjoys marketing for Green House Data.
For the new year, we've got some new questions queued up for Get to Know Green House Data. But for now, we're still wrapping up the last of our interviews from last year.
In case you're new to this series, Get to Know Green House Data introduces you to some of our great staff. This week, meet Cloud Services Senior Engineer Jim Taylor, who has written also a number of blogs for us in the past.
Welcome back to Get to Know Green House Data, where we introduce you to the great staff keeping your apps and data online 24/7. This week, we talk to Implementation Project Manager Brad Bickford, who takes us along on some of his favorite outings in Seattle and around the nearby mountains.
Get to Know Green House Data is a biweekly blog series that gets you closer to the staff behind your IT infrastructure. From cloud engineers to support technicians to the sales and marketing crew, our complex national data center operations wouldn't happen without a staff from diverse backgrounds.
This week, meet Sean Bales, Cloud Services Senior Architect. One of our longer tenured employees, Sean works out of the Cheyenne office and loves the wide open space and country life of Wyoming — a stark contrast with the high-tech surroundings of daily life in the data center.
Ever wondered who exactly is configuring your cloud servers or working your support tickets? The Get to Know Green House Data blog series introduces the hardworking staff at our data centers and offices across the country, helping you get to know not only each individual but also some of the company culture and philosphy behind our daily operations.
This week, Global Service Center Manager Stephanie Yant describes how she encourages the professional growth of the GSC staff, who are on the support front lines, and tells what she loves most about Cheyenne after coming from city life.
...and we're back! Get to Know Green House Data puts our regular IT and cloud-focused content on pause for a bit, as we chat with some of the employees that make it all happen. This week Dan Cartin, Director of Strategic Accounts & Sales Operations in our downtown Denver office, explains how to win over Costa Ricans and more.