For the last several decades, the locus of technological power and control within businesses has resided in the IT department. IT has bought and managed the technology that people use on their desks, as well as hardware and software that drives today’s data centers, and enables connections to and services within the cloud.
But all of that is about to change.
Source: IOT will drive technology outside of IT – TechSpot
With a big splash on Sunday, Bill Gates unfurled a new investment fund for clean energy projects along with a who’s who of tech CEOs. Absent from the list was anyone from Google (or its parent, Alphabet).But that’s no sign it’s slouching on the matter, Google will have you know. On Thursday morning, the search giant announced its largest ever purchase of renewable energy to power its massive data centers. Google claims it’s the biggest such purchase from a non-utility company to date.
Source: Google Makes Largest Ever Renewable Energy Purchase for Data Centers | Re/code
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has been working on developing IP and products for the IoT (Internet of Things) for many years with the idea that they do not want to miss this next huge growth area which companies like DHL and Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) have estimated to be 50 billion things by 2020. These companies estimate that IoT will deliver a $1.9 trillion boost to supply chain and logistics operations. While Intel will sell chips to go into Things, their biggest financial benefit will come from sales of processors for gateway devices to collect data at the edge and data centers needed to store/process/analyze the data from 50 billion Things so that personal computing devices can connect humans to the useful Big Data analytics. (Note that the chips in Things, onsite gateways and onsite processor chips are part of the Intel IoTG while the processors in data centers are part of the Intel DCG.)
Source: Intel, Verizon, Dell And The Connected Cow – Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) | Seeking Alpha
Facebook is working to keep up with its counterparts, Google and Apple, by investing in large amounts of renewable energy on their properties. These days, if you are running your data centers off anything less than 100 percent renewable energy, you are not keeping up with the industry.
Source: Nothing less will do: Tech companies want 100 percent renewables – FierceEnergy
This week’s Smart World Series features the latest iOS 9 features to help users track the most personal of data, a fitness tracker’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange, smart trash cans helping to move the Internet of Things (IoT) movement forward, and the findings of a recent report on smart home revenue.For those who missed last week’s Smart World Series, here’s a chance to catch up on the exciting developments in the connected world. Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the top news trends regarding smart homes and cars, smart data centers and IT, smart infrastructure and all things related to the Internet of Things.
Source: What you missed in the Smart World: Free city smarts, Apple HealthKit upgrades | SiliconANGLE
The war of the currents still rages … politely, as ECN gathered panelists earlier this month to talk about AC vs. DC, Tesla vs. Edison, data centers, and the future of power engineering on Engineering Live.
via Is DC power the way of the future?.
The Chicago area is a desirable location for data centers, given its central location and convergence of fiber optic networks combined with Illinois’ low-cost competitive energy market, but data centers require a great deal of electricity to both power and cool digital equipment.
Through its Smart Ideas for Your Business program, ComEd is working with CenturyLink Technology Solutions on a multi-year energy efficiency project that will help the company reduce the energy use of its Chicago CH2 data center by 7.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually.
via Smart Ideas saving billions of kWh – FierceEnergy.
With the proliferation of smart phones, smart TVs, smart meters, smart grids and the “internet of things,” comes enormously energy-intensive data transfer, storage and management requirements. Data centers are rapidly expanding – in number of facilities and square footage – and these centers all have fairly significant power and cooling demand requirements.
Green IT Amsterdam is a “networking non-profit” that partners with IT businesses, government agencies, academic institutions and related companies on ways to sustainably manage this explosion of data and data centers.
via Information Technology and Energy Use | The Energy Collective.
Data centers have emerged as one of the biggest consumers of electric power. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated they now represent 1.5 percent of electricity consumption, a figure that has continued to grow as businesses and consumers demand more and more cloud-based systems, apps, and other Internet services.
But it’s not just overall electricity consumption that’s growing. Data centers themselves are getting bigger too—some now exceed 100 MW of load—as operators try to meet growing demand in the most efficient ways possible. As data centers grow in size and power use, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the traditional electrical systems used to support data centers in the past will no longer suffice.
via Smart Grid: Smart grid solutions for data centers (can you say “self-healing?”).
There are a lot of ways to enable intelligent efficiency and procure more renewables for energy-intensive data centers.
If you’re an internet giant like Apple, Facebook or Google, you could simply invest tens of millions in state-of-the-art facilities.
via Microsoft Says ‘Computational Demand Response’ Could Lower Data Center Emissions 99% : Greentech Media.