Lithium-ion batteries, which power smartphones and laptops, are now being used to keep data centers online. Forsythe Data Center near Chicago is an early adopter of Lithium-ion UPS technology.
Insights: Data Center Energy
Electricity is the lifeblood of every data center. At Data Center Frontier, we're exploring new frontiers in data center energy as we see data centers in new places. Some of these new facilities will seek new sources of energy, especially renewable technologies such as wind and solar, as well as landfills and other sources of biogas. Other technologies, such as Bloom Energy fuel cells, may prompt consolidated approaches to power architecture.
We're interested in how modular data centers and other design innovations allow new methods of deploying Internet infrastructure, creating opportunities to make use of solar arrays, wind turbines, fuel cells, combined heat & power (CHP), microgrids, and the recycling of server exhaust heat to warm buildings through district heating.
Our Executive Roundtable discusses at the data center industry’s progress on using renewable energy, the economics of procuring green power, and the renewable options that offer the most potential going forward.
America’s data centers have dramatically improved their energy efficiency, resulting in a small increase in power use during a period of explosive growth for cloud computing services.
An offbeat idea hatched in a lab at Facebook has now evolved into a new class of optical cold storage. Both Sony and Panasonic have developed data archiving systems using robots to retrieve data stored on high-capacity Blu-Ray discs.
The hyperscale data center of the future will run on 48 volt DC power, according to Google, which unveiled the custom design powering its servers and joined the Open Compute Project to evangelize this vision to the world.
The bitcoin mining boom has prompted a backlash in central Washington state, where a local power board has proposed a rate hike for high-density power users. Does this matter for data centers?
Facebook is teaming with Panasonic on Freeze Ray, a commercial version of Blu-Ray cold storage, designed to provide a new alternative for companies seeking to store massive amounts of data in long-term storage archives.
As of January 1, the Switch SUPERNAP data centers and their more than 1,000 colocation and cloud computing customers are fully powered by renewable energy from NV Energy,
The experts in our Data Center Frontier Executive Roundtable examine trends in data center energy efficiency and how they differ across market segments.
The use of Bloom Energy Server fuel cells powered by biogas at an Equinix Silicon Valley data center is a symbol of a much larger vision for an Internet powered by sustainable energy. For Equinix, 2015 has been a year of huge strides on the sustainability front.