Virtual Power Systems (VPS),has secured $17 million in Series B Financing to fund the development of “software-defined power” for data centers.
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 panel – Chris Sharp of Digital Realty, Tim Mirick of Sabey Data Centers and John Hewitt of Vertiv – discusses how artificial intelligence and automation are impacting data center management.
Lithium-ion batteries are used in a variety of current consumer electronics. Now, the colocation and data center industry is taking note and discovering the possibilities of using lithium-ion batteries as backup energy sources for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). A new white paper from LiiON outlines a variety of potential advantages of using lithium-ion batteries to both data center designers and operational engineers.
It’s been said that “sustainability is most often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.” Marc Cram, Director of Sales for Server Technology, discusses how data center sustainability is being addressed by the biggest names in the industry, as well as how the three R’s — reduce, reuse, recycle — are playing a role in the sustainability trend in the colocation industry.
CyrusOne has begun construction on a 144-megawatt data center campus in Santa Clara, which will feature on-site power generation. The project will be the first for CyrusOne in Silicon Valley.
Legrand said Tuesday that it is acquiring Universal Electric Corporation, makers of the Starline busway products that provide overhead power connections for data center racks.
Greenpeace says Virginia utility Dominion Energy has not kept pace with the data center industry’s appetite for renewable energy. The environmental group singled out Amazon Web Service for its rate of adoption of green power.
In a hyperscale deal that reflects the intersection of power and data, Digital Realty has procured 80 megawatts of solar power for Facebook in Northern Virginia.
Google is purchasing 413 megawatts of solar power from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), spanning 1.6 million solar panels, to power its new data centers in Tennessee and Alabama.
Last January we identified eight themes that we believed would shape the data center business in 2018. Let’s take a look and see how we did, ranking whether each prediction was a Hit, Miss or Too Early.