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Say "So Long" to Server Room Cooling -- Move to the Cloud

Posted by Tina Behnke

Tired of trying to keep up with the demands or your server room cooling?  Don't want to rely on the building folks to keep the aging data center air conditioner in tip-top shape?  This might be the time to explore taking your computing to the cloud!

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

Spot Coolers -- 4 Reasons to Use Portable AC Units in Data Centers

Posted by Tina Behnke

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

3 Ways Cloud Computing Cuts Data Center Cooling Costs

Posted by Tina Behnke

There's a lot of chatter these days about "moving to the cloud" for businesses of all sizes.  One benefit is the huge savings in data center cooling and power costs.

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

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

Monitor Data Center Cooling to Determine How Much Cooling is Needed

Posted by Tina Behnke

Trying to figure out how much data center cooling you need?  Got a hot spot in your server room?  Here's a radical idea.... monitor the room FIRST to figure out what you need BEFORE you take the plunge and jump in!

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Topics: Server Room Cooling, 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