Data center energy savings: be realistic

Data center energy saving is a hot news-item. Google announced experimenting with floating data centers in the sea, Sun is building a data center in an old coal mine below the surface which saves 50% on energy. Although energy reduction is a must, it is important to be realistic in the options available. EvoSwitch, the hosting facility we use, […]

EU gets involved

I just read a press release from EU commisioner Viviane Reading about energy savings in the IT industry. I found the interesting part of the press release that the commission is also recognizing that the IT industry is not only a consumer of energy but also a source of many energy savings for many other […]

Power supply units

We spent a lot of time on energy efficiency and it might be interesting to share our experiences with the community in order to exchange best practices. It is very important to really think through your choice of hardware. In particular the energy loss of a power supply unit of a server is concerning. Google […]

Government regulation for datacenters in Amsterdam

The local Dutch newspaper Parool published an interesting article on the increased regulations for datacenters in the Amsterdam area. The city of Amsterdam has taken a leading role in bringing together datacenter operators, IT companies and environmental experts as part of their Climate Program. The goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 40% in 2025 […]

Cooling a datacenter

One of the major problems when operating a datacenter is to cool your serverrooms in the most efficient way. Servers are growing faster, bigger, more power consuming then ever, causing more heat in your racks. Improving the cooling systems will reduce costs, might give your datacenter more capacity (more servers with the same cooling capacity) […]