Green IT - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2021 en Sweet! Researchers create powerful batteries that run on sugar http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/sweet-researchers-create-powerful-batteries-run-sugar-235132?source=rss_green_it <p>Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a battery that runs on sugar and could one day replace traditional batteries with ones that are cheaper, refillable and biodegradable.</p> <p>Other batteries that are powered by sugar have been developed before but scientists say this one has an unmatched energy density, which enables it to run far longer before needing to be refilled.</p> Computer Hardware Consumer Electronics Green IT Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:17:01 +0000 admin 235132 at http://www.infoworld.com Eureka! New tech shrinks cloud computing's carbon footprint http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/eureka-new-tech-shrinks-cloud-computings-carbon-footprint-233492?source=rss_green_it <p>Want to reduce carbon emissions from cloud computing? A bunch of algorithms developed by computer scientists at Trinity College Dublin and IBM Research in Dublin can help <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/networks/new-algorithms-reduce-the-carbon-cost-of-cloud-computing" target="_blank">reduce the carbon cost of cloud computing</a>, the researchers claim.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Green IT Cloud Computing Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 David Linthicum 233492 at http://www.infoworld.com Predictions gone wrong: Losing bets analysts made for 2013 http://www.infoworld.com/t/technology-consulting/predictions-gone-wrong-losing-bets-analysts-made-2013-232854?source=rss_green_it <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/dice_and_chips.jpg" alt="TITLE" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Hemera Technologies</p></em></div> Applications Big Data Computer Hardware Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Big Data Internet Green IT Desktop PCs Technology Consulting Mobile Technology Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 232854 at http://www.infoworld.com Cloud providers' green claims are full of smoke http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/cloud-providers-green-claims-are-full-of-smoke-231117?source=rss_green_it <p>You can't get through a month without hearing a group of cloud providers tell us how green their clouds are by using alternative energy sources instead of carbon-emitting fossil fuels. Although I'm sure they're taking steps to reduce the amount of carbon emissions their new data centers put out, just the fact of data centers the size of a large airport seems counterintuitive to the "green" claim.</p> Cloud Computing Green IT Cloud Computing Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 David Linthicum 231117 at http://www.infoworld.com Google will build another six solar power plants in the U.S. http://www.infoworld.com/t/green-it/google-will-build-another-six-solar-power-plants-in-the-us-230984?source=rss_green_it <p>Google has announced plans to continue its rollout of solar energy plants in the U.S. with its second largest investment to date: $80 million for six new facilities.</p> <p>So far, Google has committed over $1 billion to wind and solar power plants that create clean energy and generate "attractive financial returns," it said in a blog post.</p> Google Green IT Power Management Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:28:46 +0000 admin 230984 at http://www.infoworld.com Apple plans Arizona factory that will run on renewable energy http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/apple-plans-arizona-factory-will-run-renewable-energy-230196?source=rss_green_it <p>Apple plans to build a components plant in Mesa, Arizona, that will run entirely on renewable energy.</p> <p>It will be Apple's latest move to build up its manufacturing in the U.S. Most of the company's products are manufactured overseas, and Apple has been under pressure to make more investments at home.</p> The Industry Standard Apple Green IT Technology Business Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:16:26 +0000 admin 230196 at http://www.infoworld.com Why green IT is good for business http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/why-green-it-good-business-229133?source=rss_green_it <p>When Kevin Humphries talks about green IT at FedEx, you won't hear much about reducing the company's carbon footprint. FedEx embraced the new math of green IT when it engineered every inch of its new, LEED-certified 46,000-sq.-ft. data center for maximum operational efficiency. "We found the most optimal mathematical model for capacities and efficiencies," says the senior vice president of IT at FedEx Corporate Services. The result is what he calls "a perfect blend" of green energy usage, fiscal savings and rational utilization of equipment and resources.</p> Data Center Green IT Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:15:28 +0000 admin 229133 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel partners with startup on tools for app-level energy management http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/intel-partners-startup-tools-app-level-energy-management-227798?source=rss_green_it <p>Intel has partnered with startup TSO Logic in a move that should give more companies tools to track how much power their server applications consume.</p> <p>The energy consumed by data centers has become a big concern for a lot of businesses, which face rising operating costs and pressure to cut carbon emissions. That's fuelled a growing market for software that can improve data center efficiency.</p> Data Center Intel Green IT Power Management Startups Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:10:59 +0000 admin 227798 at http://www.infoworld.com Data center innovator Ken Brill dies at 68 http://www.infoworld.com/t/green-it/data-center-innovator-ken-brill-dies-68-223979?source=rss_green_it <p>Ken Brill, founder of the Uptime Institute and a forward thinker in data center design and operations, died this week at the age of 68, the Institute said on Thursday. The cause was cancer, a spokesman said.</p> <p>Brill was known for his work creating the Uptime Institute's data center tiering system, which provides a way to rate and compare the reliability of computing facilities. It's used by many large companies for their data center planning and selection.</p> Data Center Data Center Design Green IT Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:16:29 +0000 admin 223979 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel will offer 'Broadwell' SOC to battle Calxeda, AMD http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/intel-will-offer-broadwell-soc-battle-calxeda-amd-223221?source=rss_green_it <p>Intel has updated its road map with a new, low-power server chip to help it ward off competition from Calxeda and other makers of low-power chips.</p> <p>The new chip will be based on Broadwell, a microarchitecture to be introduced next year as the successor to Intel's Haswell design. But this processor will be a system-on-chip, setting it apart from Intel's other Xeon server products.</p> Computer Hardware Intel Green IT Processors Servers Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:08:38 +0000 admin 223221 at http://www.infoworld.com EPEAT green IT registry expanding to include smartphones http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/epeat-green-it-registry-expanding-include-smartphones-222867?source=rss_green_it <p>The Green Electronics Council plans to expand its EPEAT environmental rating system later this year to include smartphones, the council said Tuesday.</p> <p>The move could push phone makers to change the way they manufacture, package, or distribute their devices because some companies and governments require preference be given to EPEAT-compliant devices when products are purchased.</p> E-government Green IT Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:39:16 +0000 admin 222867 at http://www.infoworld.com Powering Los Angeles one cloud migration at a time http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/powering-los-angeles-one-cloud-migration-time-221128?source=rss_green_it <p>If there ever was any doubt about the energy-efficiency benefits of tapping the cloud for hosted applications, here comes research to put the issue to rest once and for all.</p> Cloud Computing Cloud Storage Green IT IaaS SaaS Cloud Computing Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 David Linthicum 221128 at http://www.infoworld.com Data centers show signs of 'green fatigue' http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/data-centers-show-signs-of-green-fatigue-218538?source=rss_green_it <p>A new survey from the Uptime Institute suggests fatigue is setting in when it comes to making data centers greener, and it may be partly due to overachievers like Google and Microsoft.</p> <p>In the Institute's latest survey of data center operators, only 50 percent of respondents in North America said they considered energy efficiency to be very important to their companies. That was down from 52 percent last year and 58 percent in 2011, and is despite a constant drumbeat of encouragement to reduce energy costs and cut carbon emissions.</p> Data Center Google Microsoft Green IT Tue, 14 May 2013 17:07:03 +0000 admin 218538 at http://www.infoworld.com Networks in 2020: More traffic, less energy http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/networks-in-2020-more-traffic-less-energy-218419?source=rss_green_it <p>Networks could use far less energy by 2020 even though they'll be carrying much more traffic, an industry group says.</p> <p>The GreenTouch consortium, <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/186574/article.html" target="_blank">formed in 2010</a> to speed up progress on more efficient networks, says it has identified technologies that together could cut network power needs by 90 percent even in the face of rapidly growing data demand. The group of equipment vendors, component makers and service providers will present that conclusion in a report due in mid-June.</p> Networking Green IT Wireless LAN Networking Mon, 13 May 2013 12:33:21 +0000 admin 218419 at http://www.infoworld.com Climate change pushes some companies and their data centers to go green http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/climate-change-pushes-some-companies-and-their-data-centers-go-green-217462?source=rss_green_it <p>When Hurricane Sandy decimated a large portion of the East Coast last year, companies and their data centers wound up without electricity for days or, in some cases, even weeks.</p> <p>The consequences of that and other recent severe storms are spurring some companies to plug into natural gas pipelines to fuel their electricity needs while others look to become completely energy independent -- even going as far as collecting rain to supply their water needs.</p> Data Center Green IT Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:49:56 +0000 admin 217462 at http://www.infoworld.com Sustainable IT: The 2013 InfoWorld Green IT Awards http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/96893/sustainable-it-the-2013-infoworld-green-it-awards-216916?source=rss_green_it <!--paging_filter-->These organizations have implemented innovative ways to slash waste, save energy, boost data center efficiency, and reduce CO2 emissions<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These organizations have implemented innovative ways to slash waste, save energy, boost data center efficiency, and reduce CO2 emissions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> infoworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/96893 </div> </div> </div> Green IT Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 admin 216916 at http://www.infoworld.com New data center survey shows mediocre results for energy efficiency http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/new-data-center-survey-shows-mediocre-results-energy-efficiency-216424?source=rss_green_it <p>A new survey suggests that large data centers might be less energy efficient than was previously thought.</p> <p>The survey, by Digital Realty Trust, quizzed 300 IT decision makers at large corporations in North America, each with annual revenue of at least $1 billion or with at least 5,000 employees.</p> Computer Hardware Green IT Fri, 12 Apr 2013 18:12:49 +0000 admin 216424 at http://www.infoworld.com EBay develops 'miles per gallon' metric for data centers http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/ebay-develops-miles-gallon-metric-data-centers-213951?source=rss_green_it <p>There's a maxim in the data center business that you can't manage what you can't measure, and eBay has come up with the mother of all measurement systems for calculating data center efficiency.</p> <p>The online auction giant has devised a methodology that looks at the cost of its IT operations in dollars, kilowatt hours and carbon emissions, and ties those costs back to a single performance metric -- in eBay's case, the number of buy and sell transactions its customers make at eBay.com.</p> Data Center Green IT Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:57:53 +0000 admin 213951 at http://www.infoworld.com Top tech companies plug into renewable power http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/top-tech-companies-plug-renewable-power-213794?source=rss_green_it <p>Microsoft is building a data center next to a Wyoming landfill in order to use its methane gas to power the facility. Apple now uses a massive 100-acre solar energy farm to power its Maiden, N.C. data center. And Google has placed data centers in Oklahoma and Iowa so they can plug into wind farms.</p> <p>America's top tech companies are going green in a big way, so much so that the availability of clean energy resources is now a key consideration in where they locate corporate offices and data centers. The move is designed to save them millions of dollars in long-term energy costs.</p> Data Center Apple Google Microsoft Green IT Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:36:26 +0000 admin 213794 at http://www.infoworld.com New SPEC tool will ID most energy-efficient servers http://www.infoworld.com/t/servers/new-spec-tool-will-id-most-energy-efficient-servers-213757?source=rss_green_it <p>SPEC, the standards body for performance benchmarks, has released a new toolkit that should help customers choose the most energy-efficient server for the workloads they need to run.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center Blade Servers Green IT Servers Fri, 01 Mar 2013 23:42:32 +0000 admin 213757 at http://www.infoworld.com