Power Management - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2028 en 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_power_management <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 Oracle eyes optical links as final frontier of data-center scaling http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/oracle-eyes-optical-links-final-frontier-of-data-center-scaling-229618?source=rss_power_management <p>Oracle is exploring silicon photonics, an optical technology drawing widespread interest, as a potential weapon in the battle against data-center power consumption.</p> <p>Advances in CPU and memory design could boost efficiency dramatically over the next few years. When they do, the interconnects among components, servers and switches will effectively become the power hogs of the data center, according to Ashok Krishnamoorthy, architect and chief technologist in photonics at Oracle.</p> Data Center Networking Oracle Data Center Design Power Management Networking Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:07:16 +0000 admin 229618 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_power_management <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 power maxed out? Three-phase power to the rescue! http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/data-center-power-maxed-out-three-phase-power-the-rescue-211148?source=rss_power_management <p>Three-phase AC power is everywhere. Every major power generation and distribution system in the world uses some variation of it. The reason is simple: Three-phase power systems allow a utility to ship more power over smaller (and cheaper) wires than would be possible in a single-phase system. IT organizations should turn to it in their data centers' racks.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Power Management IDG Insider Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 211148 at http://www.infoworld.com Colt aims to make power, cooling management in data centers more flexible http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/colt-aims-make-power-cooling-management-in-data-centers-more-flexible-206438?source=rss_power_management <p>Colt's new data-center architecture is designed to allow operators more flexibility in managing power and cooling, without having to do extensive remodelling, the company said Monday.</p> <p>The architecture, called Ftec, should be of particular interest to data-center operators,which aren't seeing the growth they expected and are paying for unused capacity.</p> Data Center Data Center Design Green IT Power Management Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:41:00 +0000 admin 206438 at http://www.infoworld.com What to look for onsite when choosing a colo facility http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/what-look-onsite-when-choosing-colo-facility-206320?source=rss_power_management <p>In my post last week, I covered <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/how-choose-the-right-type-of-colocation-center-205824">basic choices you'll face when selecting a type of colocation facility</a> to host mission-critical enterprise workloads. Only hours after that posted to the Web, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Eastern seaboard, leaving widespread flooding and wind damage in its wake. Particularly hard hit were northern New Jersey and New York City -- two of the most densely populated areas of the country as it relates to data center and colocation facilities.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Data Center Design Disaster Recovery Power Management IDG Insider Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 206320 at http://www.infoworld.com HP: Net-Zero Energy Data Center cuts power usage by 30 percent http://www.infoworld.com/t/green-it/hp-net-zero-energy-data-center-cuts-power-usage-30-percent-194380?source=rss_power_management <div style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/SustainIT-hp.jpg" alt="HP: Net-Zero Energy Data Center cuts power usage by 30 percent" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>HP today unveiled the blueprints for its HP Net-Zero Energy Data Center, an architecture designed to automatically match energy supply with a facility's IT workload energy demands. Business Intelligence Data Center Hewlett-Packard (HP) Data Center Design Green IT IT Strategy Predictive Analytics Power Management Wed, 30 May 2012 22:19:15 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 194380 at http://www.infoworld.com 6 things every IT person should know http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/6-things-every-it-person-should-know-182480?source=rss_power_management <p>Anyone who's been in IT for more than 10 minutes knows that troubleshooting is a huge part of the job. Some item -- it doesn't matter what -- breaks in a new and entirely unexpected way, and by default, it's up to you to get it fixed. It doesn't matter how many books you've read, how well you know the user guide, or what you ate for breakfast. What matters is how quickly you can connect the dots and wiggle your way out of the problem.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Storage Network Analyzer Perl Power Management Data Center Information Technology Careers Networking Virtualization IDG Insider Tue, 03 Jan 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 182480 at http://www.infoworld.com What IT should know about AC power http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/what-it-should-know-about-ac-power-177345?source=rss_power_management <p>If there's one thing people tend to screw up in medium-size data center buildouts, it's AC power specification. Even some of the brightest network and server administrators seem to think there's a limitless number of power outlets in any given rack or room, and if there isn't, well, you can just plug a $3.99 power strip into the UPS and be done with it, right?</p> Data Center Data Center Design Power Management Data Center Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Paul Venezia 177345 at http://www.infoworld.com From Facebook's data center to yours: 'Open source' hardware http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/facebooks-data-center-yours-open-source-hardware-177362?source=rss_power_management <p>The Open Compute Project Foundation recently announced results from <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/facebook-led-open-compute-project-pushes-open-data-center-tech-177358">Facebook's attempts to build an efficient data center</a> at the lowest possible cost. The foundation claims to have reduced the cost of building a data center by 24 percent and improved ongoing efficiency by 38 percent versus state-of-the-art data centers.</p> <p>Those numbers are impressive, but don't expect to be able to deploy the foundation's technology in your data center just yet.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center Open Source Software Blade Servers Data Center Design IT Strategy Power Management Servers Data Center Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Simon Phipps 177362 at http://www.infoworld.com Servers take dip to keep cool in Texas heat http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/servers-take-dip-keep-cool-in-texas-heat-169726?source=rss_power_management <p>It may take a leap to believe that computers can <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9016266/Liquid_cooling_returns_to_the_data_center" target="_blank">function in fluid</a>, but at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin that's exactly what's being done.</p> <p>Picture a 42U server rack (each U is 1.75 inches) tilted on its side in a fluid filled tank -- something akin to a large freezer -- and you have a general idea of the scene.</p> Data Center IT Management Power Management Servers Fri, 12 Aug 2011 14:27:56 +0000 admin 169726 at http://www.infoworld.com 4 tips for keeping your data center cool this summer http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/4-tips-keeping-your-data-center-cool-summer-632?source=rss_power_management <p>Now that summer is in full swing, it's natural for IT shops to be concerned about keeping their data centers cool. But with limited budgets, keeping the data center operating efficiently without blowing the utility bill out of the water can be a challenge.</p> <p>It turns out there are some simple tools and best practices that IT departments can employ to keep data center temperatures -- and budgets -- under control.</p> Data Center Data Center Design Power Management Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:39:10 +0000 admin 167632 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel hopes POEM will help save energy http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/intel-hopes-poem-will-help-save-energy-929?source=rss_power_management <p>Intel is developing a Windows application, Personal Office Energy Monitor (POEM), that will allow workers to monitor in real time the energy consumed by their PC, printer, heating and lighting.</p> <p>The application will compare this information with the average energy consumption for the department, floor or building, something Intel hopes will encourage workers to adopt energy-saving habits.</p> Applications The Industry Standard Intel Green IT Desktop PCs Power Management Printers Applications Fri, 01 Jul 2011 16:35:02 +0000 admin 165929 at http://www.infoworld.com Viridity calculates energy cost of applications http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/viridity-calculates-energy-cost-applications-650?source=rss_power_management <p>Viridity has updated its data center infrastructure management software to let businesses keep track of how much electrical power is being consumed by individual applications and lines of business, the company will announce Monday.</p> <p>DCIM tools are becoming more widely used as companies try to manage energy use more closely to reduce bills in their data centers. Gartner estimated last year that 60 percent of data centers will be using some form of DCIM software by 2014, up from just 1 percent last year.</p> Data Center Green IT Power Management Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:08:52 +0000 admin 164650 at http://www.infoworld.com Research tackles power usage in the virtual data center http://www.infoworld.com/d/virtualization/research-tackles-power-usage-in-the-virtual-data-center-470?source=rss_power_management <p><a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/data-center.html" target="_blank">Data center</a> managers are well versed in distributing power efficiently to physical servers. But the proliferation of <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/102510-burning-questions-virtualization-storage.html" target="_blank">virtualization</a>, with multiple virtual machines and <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/applications.html" target="_blank">applications</a> running on a single piece of hardware, has made this task a lot more complicated.</p> Data Center Virtualization Microsoft Power Management Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:13:26 +0000 admin 164470 at http://www.infoworld.com IBM releases Intelligent Building Management software http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/ibm-releases-intelligent-building-management-software-694?source=rss_power_management <p>IBM has released new software designed to cut energy costs by monitoring sensors inside of large buildings and flagging potential maintenance issues.</p> <p>IBM's Intelligent Building Management software is designed to collect data from sensors and building control systems from companies including Johnson Controls and Schneider Electric, the company said. Some large buildings have 80,000 points of data that the software can access, leading to millions of data points a week, IBM said.</p> Applications Data Center IBM Green IT Power Management Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:36:07 +0000 admin 163694 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft Research virtualizes idle desktops to save power http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-research-virtualizes-idle-desktops-save-power-223?source=rss_power_management <p>Finding that people do not use "stand-by" and "hibernate" when going away from their PCs, for fear of disrupting running network connections and background computations, Microsoft Research India has developed power-saving technology that virtualizes enterprise desktops to a backend server before putting the desktops to sleep.</p> Computer Hardware Microsoft Windows Virtualization Microsoft Green IT Virtual Desktop Desktop PCs Laptop PCs Power Management Mon, 06 Jun 2011 15:35:23 +0000 admin 163223 at http://www.infoworld.com Data centers, under strain, expand at furious pace http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/data-centers-under-strain-expand-furious-pace-564?source=rss_power_management <p>About a third to half of all data centers will be physically expanding or leasing new space in the next two years, according to recent surveys.</p> <p>These surveys are providing a picture of <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9216828/The_Green_IT_movement_has_lost_the_plot" target="_blank">strains facing</a> the facilities that cradle the digital economy, as well as <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215323/IT_workloads_up_as_tech_added_sans_staff" target="_blank">the pressure data center and IT managers are under</a> to keep up with demand.</p> Data Center Data Center Design Power Management Thu, 19 May 2011 14:26:39 +0000 ccraig 161564 at http://www.infoworld.com Data centers experiment with new power sources http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/data-centers-experiment-new-power-sources-446?source=rss_power_management <p>Data center power usage is soaring -- the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9144466/Data_center_density_hits_the_wall" target="_blank">data center energy requirements</a> will <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9104978/Accenture_report_upholds_EPA_data_center_findings" target="_blank">double in the next five years</a>. To address that surge in energy use, some companies are turning to alternative sources of energy, including solar arrays, natural gas turbines, wind power, fuel cells, and hydro power.</p> Data Center Green IT Power Management Mon, 09 May 2011 16:52:25 +0000 admin 160446 at http://www.infoworld.com The green IT stars of 2011 http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/the-green-it-stars-2011-549?source=rss_power_management <p>Anyone who has followed the InfoWorld Green 15 since its inception in 2008 will recognize familiar themes among this year's winning entries -- all the more proof that the message of sustainability is proliferating across the IT landscape.</p> Data Center Data Center Design Server Virtualization Storage Virtualization Green IT Virtual Desktop Power Management Data Center Virtualization Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Snyder 158549 at http://www.infoworld.com