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Green Storage Journal on Ulitzer The fundamental Green problem of all data centers is that they cost a fortune to power up, which in turn produces heat which then costs a fortune to cool down. Within this vicious circle a bastion was set up to counter this, namely ‘Green Storage', which has mostly taken shape in the form of virtualized storage, data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, DC power and SSDs. Add to the circle power conservation techniques such as server virtualization and archiving onto nearline storage, and you have most companies claiming they are successfully moving towards being ‘Green'. Hence bring forth the proposition of MAID storage and many users would not see the need for it. Further reluctance towards the technology would also come from the fact that MAID has now somewhat tragically become synonymous with being merely a disk spin d... (more)

Remembering Gigaom Research By @PaulMiller | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Remembering Gigaom Research As I’m sure most readers of this blog already know, tech media company Gigaom shut its doors earlier this week. Stalwarts of Gigaom’s public-facing news site such as Stacey Higginbotham, Derrick Harris, and founder Om Malik have already offered personal perspectives on their own sites, and I expect others to follow in due course as they digest what happened and chart their own next steps. A strong team of knowledgeable, conscientious and respected journalists and support staff lost their jobs this week. I wish all of them luck in finding something new. But there was another side to Gigaom’s business: one with which I was involved for a number of years, and one that we should miss just as much as the “universally respected” public blog. It was around the middle of 2009, I think, that Michael Wolf first contacted me about contributing con... (more)

[session] Crafting a Roadmap for Hybrid IT By @GreenHouseData | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Crafting a Roadmap for Hybrid IT With 15% of enterprises adopting a hybrid IT strategy, you need to set a plan to integrate hybrid cloud throughout your infrastructure. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Steven Dreher, Director of Solutions Architecture at Green House Data, will discuss how to plan for shifting resource requirements, overcome challenges, and implement hybrid IT alongside your existing data center assets. Highlights include anticipating workload, cost and resource calculations, integrating services on both sides of the firewall, self-service, monitoring, and workload prioritization. Speaker Bio Steven Dreher is the Director of Solutions Architecture at Green House Data, with over 15 years of IT experience. He previously served as the CTO of the Wyoming Supreme Court. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, June 7-9 2016 at New... (more)

Green LEED Specialists Celebrate Their 20th Anniversary!

Restoration Environmental Contractors - REC Demolition - REC Disaster Recovery LEED specialists are proud to announce their 20th Green Anniversary. LEED green specialty contractors; Restoration Environmental Contractors - REC Demolition - REC Disaster Recovery are proud to announce their 20th green Anniversary! REC are proud to be Green LEED Qualified specialty contractors, for demolition and environmental remediation. "Restoration Environmental Contractors REC Demolition are announcing our 20th Anniversary tyear of being Green, now LEED qualified specialty contractors, states; Don Bremner President CEO, " We have had great success, REC achieved 94.7% per cent LEED certification, at the Regent Park, the Toronto Revitalization environmental remediation and demolition project, by enforcing the three R's: reduce, re-use, recycle, and we had great results of over 75% su... (more)

Survey Says Tech Spending to Increase

Interop released the results of a pre-show survey that indicates 42 percent of attendees at the upcoming Las Vegas intend to increase spending on technology within their organizations in 2009 as compared to last year. The Interop Las Vegas 2009 pre-show survey goes on to reveal that 95 percent of pre-registered attendees are active purchasers within their companies, interested in areas like virtualization, cloud computing, IT energy conservation, mobility & wireless, and network infrastructure and data center upgrades. Interop Las Vegas is happening May 17-21 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information see http://www.interop.com. "Attendees at this year's Interop Las Vegas are anxious to learn about the incredible innovation in today's business technology market and have the buying power to invest in these solutions," said Lenny Heymann ... (more)

UK Government CIO Sheds Light on "G-Cloud" Plans

Interesting discussion happening on the CCIF Mailing list today. John Suffolk (UK Government CIO) responded to the recent discussion of the UK governments plans to create country wide cloud Infrastructure (aka G-Cloud). Suffolk had this to say: Our approach to G-Cloud stems from the work we have been doing over the past 3 years: Focus on getting desktop designs standardized; rationalize the morass of telecommunications infrastructures into a "network of network" under the Public Sector Network Programme; rationalize the datacenteres; drive through the open source, open standards and reuse strategy; surround each of those individual elements with the Green IT strategy and our Information Assurance strategy. That gives us the ability to start moving towards cloud in a sensible way. As part of this rather than having a shared services in departments we will move them t... (more)

Measuring the Savings of Data Deduplication

Storage management and disaster recovery software maker, Acronis, has unveiled a new online calculator that measures the potential cost savings of applying its data deduplication technology. The deduplication calculator works by prompting users for the number of servers and workstations being backed up, the data change rate, and the cost of data storage and then using that information to estimate the storage space savings, the storage cost savings, and the percentage of savings through deduplication. According to Acronis, a company with 10 servers and 2 TB of data that changes 5% daily and is kept for four weeks would saving about US$20,000 annually if the Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 solution was applied. However, the software licenses for the solution would amount to US$17,000 for that particular IT environment, so the net savings is actually US$3,000 per year. A... (more)

Nokia, Vodafone Develop New Carbon Reducing Antenna Solution

Nokia and Vodafone claim that they have developed a new antenna solution that will help operators improve cost efficiencies in their mobile network and reduce overall carbon emissions. The so-called, Active Antenna solution was successfully tested by the two companies as part of a recently announced initiative called, the Nokia Siemens Networks Innovation Centre, or NICE. According to NSN, Active Antenna works by incorporating elements of the base station within the antenna, hence reducing the footprint of base stations and lowering power consumption. The solution is capable of working with multiple network technologies, NSN said, adding that the solution is targeted at operators rolling out new 3G or LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks or enhancing their existing 3G networks, as well as for those markets planning to re-farm current GSM band to make space for WCDMA/LT... (more)

How Green is Your Data Center?

Data Center “X” just announced a 2 MegaWatt expansion to their facility in Northern California. A major increase in data center capacity, and a source of great joy for the company. And the source of potentially 714 additional tons of carbon introduced each month into the environment. Many groups and organizations are gathering to address the need to bring our data centers under control. Some are focused on providing marketing value for their members, most others appear genuinely concerned with the amount of power being consumed within data centers, the amount of carbon being produced by data centers, and the potential for using alternative or clean energy initiatives within data centers. There are stories around which claim the data center industry is actually using up to 5% of power consumed within the United States, which if true, makes this a really important disc... (more)

Recent and Fun California Green Energy Initiatives

"If everyone purchasing a room air conditioner in 2009 chooses an ENERGY STAR qualified model, it would save 390 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. That would prevent more than 600 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year—equivalent to taking more than 50,000 cars off the road—and save consumers over $43 million each year in energy bills." (Pickens Plan Fact of the Day, 8 Oct 09) California has always prided itself as being a leader in alternative energy innovation. Driving through the hills around Livermore, Palm Springs, or between San Diego and Yuma bring skylines full of wind turbines. The California Energy Commission claims that wind turbines generated 6,802 gigawatt-hours of electricity - about 2.3 percent of the state's gross system power. By the end of 2009 California actually expects to hit nearly 5% energy production from renewable ... (more)

Fuel for Thought – Global Media Giant Goes Green

Global Media giants GDS International are famed for catering to the needs of the worlds fortune 500 companies, running leading publications and news websites for the world's biggest Jet setters. But with the economy still recovering and the cost of fuel rising Chairman Spencer Green wants to do more to reflect his readers changing attitudes and Go Green. Every website in the world requires electricity (generated from the burning of Fossil-Fuels) to power hosting servers, the networks that connects it to the rest of the globe and the computers that we view it from. Therefore, every impression has a carbon footprint that contributes to climate-change.

Next Generation Power & Energy was suitably the first website that has undergone the various changes to make it Carbon neutral, but by the end of the year his entire catalogue of over 100 leading sites Studies show ... (more)