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Submission + - Wind-powered data center for Google 3

TT writes: Google is considering building a wind-powered data center in Greensburg, Kan. In addition to the huge solar-panel project it's building in Mountain View, this 20-megawatt data center in Greensburg would go a long way toward helping Google get carbon neutral, as is its goal. The company, like the entire universe today, is on the green kick. It announced last month that it wants to make renewable energy cheaper than coal.
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Submission + - University holds jazz funeral for its mainframe

BDPrime writes: "Server Specs has a story about The University of Manitoba holding a New Orleans-style jazz funeral for its mainframe. The funeral included a full procession route on campus, "Amazing Grace" being played on the trumpet, and employees smashing a pinata made to look like a cartoon-y mainframe. Is the mainframe dead? Maybe not everywhere, but at The University of Manitoba it certainly is."

Submission + - Data center bust coming? (

An anonymous reader writes: Blogger and data center manager Chuck Goolsbee says the data center bust is coming. He cites the Savvis and Navisite stock plunges as an early indicator. From the article: The big money is flowing, so data center operators are building what they can, while they can... Are they overbuilding? Of course they are. They are banking space now to tide them over after the capital flow stops, because it will stop. If history is a guide, the stop will come sometime in the next year or two.
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Submission + - Demonstration of OpenSolaris on the mainframe 1

BDPrime writes: Sine Nomine Associates, the company working on porting OpenSolaris to the mainframe, is demonstrating the technology at the Gartner Data Center conference this week. David Boyes, the president, is giving the demos at the IBM booth with the support of Sun Microsystems. He said it will be ready for mainframe users "soon," but wouldn't divulge more than that.

It's a five-part video series on YouTube that could take up some time, but the demo, which is mostly in the last video, is pretty cool.

Submission + - IBM: It's our mainframe and we'll do what we want (

BDPrime writes: IBM is now apparently making it harder for mainframe resellers to resell the mainframe. This according to a quarterly earnings call from a mainframe reseller, QSGI, who said IBM's restrictions on a reseller's ability to upgrade and downgrade a machine for a user are diminishing the benefit of buying a refurbished mainframe. From a story in The Register:

IBM has a colossal claim to the mainframe marketplace, and can largely dole out its own terms to customers. When another business starts using IBM's own hardware to compete, IBM has a tendency to roll up its sleeves.


Submission + - Server densities hampered by depths

BDPrime writes: "With all this talk about server density — fitting more power into the same box — there's one factor in the equation that some people forget about: server depths. Yes, it's a problem. While vendors build servers that can fit more processors and more cores into a 1U server rack space, the problem is that many of their products are so deep that they stick out the front of the racks, forcing data centers to space the racks farther away from one another, which takes up valuable floor space. Anyone else have this problem?"

Submission + - A solar-powered data center....on a dirt road?

BDPrime writes: " has an almost 100% solar-powered data center that sits on a dirt-road property where the owner's three dogs roam at will, catching shade underneath the solar panels when it gets really hot. The owner, Phil Nail, also despises the notion of carbon offsets, which allows companies to pretend they're green by paying someone else to be green in their place."

Submission + - EPA sends data center power study to Congress

BDPrime writes: "We've all been hearing ad nauseum about power and cooling issues in the data center. Now the EPA has issued a final report to Congress detailing the problem and what might be done to fix it. Most likely what will happen is the EPA will add servers and data centers into its Energy Star program. If you don't feel like reading the entire 133-page report, the 14-page executive summary is a little easier to get through."

Submission + - EPA issues data center power report to Congress (

BDPrime writes: "The EPA has issued its final report on server and data center efficiency to Congress. The report includes details about how much energy data centers are consuming, how data center operators can fix the problem themselves, and what the EPA and the industry are doing to create benchmarks (like Energy Star) to compare the energy efficiencies of servers and data centers."

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 274

The story has an error. IBM operates a total of 8 million square feet of data center space. These six data centers in particular are just a portion of that. Though I couldn't figure out how much square footage is in the six data centers, IBM told me that the three U.S. sites (New York, Connecticut, Colorado) take up about 184,000 square feet. I don't know how much the other three sites (U.K., Japan, Australia) take up, but assuming that they also add up to 184,000 square feet, you're talking about 370,000 square feet total for the six sites.

Submission + - Google to go carbon neutral?

BDPrime writes: "Bridget Botelho has a good interview with the guy who heads Google's conservation efforts. He talks about how the search giant is going to accomplish its goal of being carbon neutral by 2008. Some ways it's doing it: super-efficient power supplies, wind and solar power, high-efficient lighting, and offsets.

If Google can be carbon neutral, I think just about any company can get there (as long as they're willing to pay for offsets)."

Submission + - Bioengineered bacteria to stop radioactive plume

BDPrime writes: "The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, is looking for a new supercomputer that can help the lab prevent a radioactive plume from leeching into the Columbia River.

The supercomputers are helping to bioengineer bacteria that make the radioactive plume insoluble, and thus incapable of traveling through the ground water and into the river.

The lab is currently using a 120-rack supercomputer from HP that includes 1,000 Itanium-based servers running a Linux distro provided by HP. But the system is starting to slow, and the lab expects to buy a new one by this fall."
Linux Business

Submission + - Putting Together The Linux Office

somethinginmyeye writes: There's a lot of chatter about 2007 being the "Year of the Linux Desktop," but what about the "Linux Office"? The CRN Test Center took a crack at putting together an open-source environment for a small-business office. The verdict: Microsoft has a lot to worry about down the road, but in 2007, Linux is still lacking the driver support, ease of use and interoperability with mainstream, legacy software to make office migration pain-free.

Submission + - Intel Launches New Chipset

mikemuch writes: "The new P35 and G33 chipsets, codenamed "Bear Lake" are now available. They have a new memory controller that supports DDR3 RAM at up to 1333MHz, a new southbridge, and will support the upcoming 45nm Penryn CPUs. They don't yet have an actually new and different GPU — their GMA 3100 is pretty much the same as the GMA 3000 of the G965 chipset. ExtremeTech has details on the new chipset architecture."

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