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Does Lost Data Center Cooling = Lost Data?

Posted by Tina Behnke

Check out this infographic on the full cost of computer data loss.   Studies show 68% of data loss is due to hard disk failure or out-of-tolerance fault.  Wonder how much of this is due to loss of data center cooling?

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Topics: Emergency Cooling Plan, Data Center, Data Center Cooling

Gov't Cuts Data Center Cooling Costs by Closing Data Centers

Posted by Tina Behnke

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During the debt-talk crisis, the federal government has released a map of 373 data centers that will be closed by 2012 -- that's 800,000 square feet of data center cooling that will be cut from the IT budget -- or about 14 football fields, as one official pointed out!  Maybe he was also thinking about the NFL players/owners negotiations!

Through these closings, the government expects to save $3 billion each year and be halfway to the goal of closing 800 of 2000 data centers by 2015.  And that's a good thing since the average utilization for these data centers is less than 27% for computing power and 40% for storage, states outgoing federal CIO Vivek Kundra.  That's a lot of wasted power and cooling!

What's closing of these data centers mean for federal employees?  Not a lot.  In many cases, these data centers are managed by contractors who will have to determine if these employees can be relocated or retrained.  As for the government employees, the goal is to "retool them for other jobs," said Kundra.

One thing for sure when there is all this government shake-up.... nothing goes as planned.  Spot cooler rentals for data center cooling will be in even greater demand until all this relocation and reorganization is settled.  After all, even the "cloud" needs to be cooled!

 

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Topics: Data Center, Spot Cooler Rental, Data Center Cooling

Google's Data Center Cooling Determined by Geography and Climate

Posted by Tina Behnke

I have to admit, when it comes to computers and technology, I'm really not much of a nuts and bolts kind of person.  I like the end product, the big picture view -- the application software, not the programming.  But the recent news about Google's venture into data center cooling with sea water has me fascinated!  Just look at the photo of the "guts" of the cooling system, as featured in DataCenterDynamics.

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Topics: Data Center, HVAC Industry, Data Center Cooling

Data Center Cooling with Sea Water. Yup, Google Did It!

Posted by Tina Behnke

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Topics: Data Center, Data Center Cooling

When to Go Green with Data Center Cooling -- 3 Case Studies

Posted by Tina Behnke

IT departments are looking to reduce energy consumption and support a green initiative.  That key finding came through loud and clear on CDW Government's 2010 Energy Efficient IT Report.  The study polled 756 organizations, including 152 colleges, all developing plans to consolidate their data center and to save on energy consumption which would mean less data center cooling.

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center, Data Center Cooling

10 Scary Server Room Cooling Acronyms Defined

Posted by Tina Behnke

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center, HVAC Industry

Data Center Cooling Costs... Do You Know Yours?

Posted by Tina Behnke

How much do you pay for electricity in your data center? 

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center, Portable Spot Cooler

Minimize Need for Spot Cooling by Slowing Servers Down

Posted by Tina Behnke

In two years, my oldest daughter will go off to college.  I wish I could go with her.  Not because I'm a "helicopter" parent hoovering to keep her from making mistakes but because the entire college environment is so exciting!  With all the creativitiy, technology and entrpeneural spirit, universities are hotbeds for innovation and industry. OK....there are lots of other fun reasons to go back to college, but that's for another post.

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Topics: Emergency Cooling Plan, Server Room Cooling, Data Center

Server Room / Data Center Cooling Design Best Practices

Posted by Tina Behnke

Planning can be paralyzing.  Especially when you plan a new server room or data center.  There is no shortage of experts but the time and money needed can be daunting. 

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center, Portable Air Conditioners, Server Room Design

You Need a Data Center Cooling Plan....and a Backup Plan!

Posted by Tina Behnke

Data Center Air Conditioning PlanP L A N.  It's a four-letter word.  Maybe that's why most of us tend to avoid it!  Truth is, it takes lots of research, time and energy to adequately plan for your data center or server room.  So you spend weeks (worse yet, months) selecting the hardware that will support your application software and manage all the traffic on the network.  Now you make sure you have enough power and backup UPS to handle the load.  Think you're done, right? 

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, Data Center, Spot Coolers