Two things I greatly enjoy about working in and around Data Centers are that so many different technologies converge within them and that those technologies are constantly evolving. There’s always something new to explore.
It’s no surprise then that Data Center Deconstructed ping-ponged among several topics in 2012, from choosing a site to relocating servers to incorporating alternative energy, and more. I even tried my hand at blogging in real-time, posting live from the annual Technology Convergence Conference.
Here’s are the Data Center Deconstructed topics that received the most attention this year. Check out any you’ve missed: Read More »
Tags: alternative energy, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, energy efficiency, hardware relocation, site selection, structured cabling
When I was a kid, one of my neighbors had a solar radiometer. It’s a glass bulb about the size of a baseball, with diamond-shaped panels connected to a spindle. The panels, black on one side and silver on the other, would turn on the spindle when exposed to light.
I enjoyed experimenting with the gizmo, edging it in and out of the sunbeam that shone through a window and onto their kitchen table. How close to the light did the radiometer need to be for the panels to move? What if I shaded it with a piece of cardboard? How fast would the spindle turn if I put the radiometer fully in the light? Read More »
Tags: alternative energy, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, power, radiometer, solar
One of the first things many companies do at the start of a Data Center project is look around to see what other companies have done. Wouldn’t it be great to have a book that showcases innovative Data Centers and has insights from the people who designed and operate them?
I thought so, too.
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Tags: Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, ebay, facebook, Green, IBM, Intel, The Art of the Data Center, Yahoo
I love it when a small discovery causes me think about the big picture.
I’ve been researching water-related factoids for this week’s Data Center Deconstructed video on hydropower. Along the way, I uncovered this tidbit from the U.S. Geological Survey: Read More »
Tags: alternative energy, Cisco, coc-data-center, dams, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, Green, hydro, hydroelectricity, hydropower, Water
When I worked as a newspaper reporter, there was one type of story my fellow writers and I always dreaded.
Weather stories. I’m not talking about covering a major event like a tornado threatening the region or about investigating the impact of a drought on the local agriculture industry. Those are compelling stories and we were glad to do them. Read More »
Tags: alternative energy, Cisco, coc-data-center, data center, datacenterdeconstructed, financial incentives, wind, wind turbines, windmills