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    Feb232010

    Is Mike Manos a data center celebrity?  :-)

    After another day at IBM’s Pulse 2010 conference which is pretty serious event discussing service management, I ran across this article by the NYTimes, and it made me laugh.

    Mike Manos comes as close as you can get to a data-center celebrity.

    Now there is another Michael Manos that was infamous as a con artist, pretending he was a celebrity who was recently arrested.

    The Dallas Morning News reports that the man, whose real name is Michael Manos, was arrested last week “on a parole violation warrant out of New York.” He has “an extensive rap sheet stretching back to 1979 for convictions ranging from kidnapping to robbery,” and was released from prison in 2004, the DMN reported.

    He kept his past at bay for years. He strolled red carpets in New York saying he was “a rich promoter seeking to do a reality TV show” and spent a good deal of time in Dallas before heading to San Francisco. In after city, the article said, he raised money for charity then allegedly left “ a wake of unpaid bills behind him.”

    Jane Fonda with a man who was billing himself as a wealthy philanthropist at an October 2007 G-CAPP fundraiser in Atlanta.

    Jane Fonda with a man who was billing himself as a wealthy philanthropist at an October 2007 G-CAPP fundraiser in Atlanta.

    The con artist celebrity schmoozer has no resemblance to the data center Mike Manos

    Mike Manos

    and here is a picture of Mike in Quincy

    Is Mike Manos a data centercelebrity?  We can all debate this over a beer, but the NYTimes author thought it was a useful description.

    fyi, our Mike Manos’s is a son of a policeman.

    Lessons from Dad

    January 23, 2010 by mmanos

    Last week my father retired from the Chicago Police Department.   After 38 years on the force (34 of which he spent as a Homicide Detective in the worst areas of Chicago) he finally called it quits.   Its an event I truly thought I would never see.  My dad has had quite a colorful and storied career, not just with the Police Department but with his various other jobs he held over the years as well. It includes everything from security jobs, to being a member of the US Marshalls Fugitive Apprehension Unit to being a regular Bodyguard to Frank Sinatra.  Even retired he has started his own security and investigations company.  Some things never change I guess.

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    Monday
    Feb222010

    Maybe Facebook should have bought a Bloom Box to diffuse Greenpeace’s campaign against a coal powered data center

    Thanks to Matt Stansberry’s reporting on SearchDataCenter, attention was drawn to Facebook’s Prineville Data Center being coal powered.

    Tiered energy rates bring higher prices for new customers
    By 2012, BPA will charge tiered rates for power. Customers that signed 20-year contracts in 2008 will pay tier-one (i.e., inexpensive) pricing for their current electricity demand. These customers use most of the power produced by the dams.

    By 2012, Oregon's Bonneville Power Administration will charge tiered rates for power.

    To meet new customer demand or increased demand from existing customers, BPA also purchases power from other sources. In 2012 this electricity will be classified as tier two, and it will be charged at a much higher rate than the BPA's current hydropower.

    Which brings us back to Facebook: The company's new data center is being built in Prineville, Ore., a small town on Oregon's high desert. Pacific Power, a utility owned by PacifiCorp, will provide the electricity. While Pacific Power gets some hydropower from BPA, its primary power-generation fuel is coal, according to Jason Carr, the manager of the Prineville office of economic development for Central Oregon.

    With the price of hydropower increasing in the Northwest, Facebook opted to bet on the incremental price increases associated with coal rather than face tier-two pricing from BPA.

    The news has spread to Greenpeace and Huffington.

    Greenpeace, Huffington Post join chorus critical of Facebook's Prineville data center

    By Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian
    February 21, 2010, 2:20PM
    On Friday, Greenpeace started its own campaign against Facebook's Prineville data center, joining others who want the social networking company to find an alternative to PacifiCorp coal.
    The Huffington Post took up the cause Friday night.
    Data Center Knowledge has an updated response from Facebook:
    It’s true that the local utility for the region we chose, Pacific Power, has an energy mix that is weighted slightly more toward coal than the national average. However, the efficiency we are able to achieve because of the climate of the region and the reduced energy usage that results minimizes our overall carbon footprint. Said differently, if we located the data center most other places, we would need mechanical chillers, use more energy, and be responsible for more overall carbon in the air—even if that location was fueled by more renewable energy.

    There is even a Facebook site for this topic with over 6,700 users.

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    Maybe Facebook should have done as Google and eBay and bought a Bloom Box to demonstrate its interest in renewable energy.  Trouble is any moves now will be seen as damage control.

     

    SJMercury discusses the unveiling at eBay on Weds.

    Tech journalists have been summoned to the San Jose campus of eBay Wednesday for the official unveiling of the so-called "Bloom Box" at a high-powered event to include Bloom co-founder and CEO K.R. Sridhar, venture capitalist John Doerr, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and "a prominent California government official" widely believed to be Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    and Google is mentioned too.

    Search engine giant Google was Bloom's first paying customer; a Bloom Box sits behind one of the buildings on the Mountain View campus and has been powering a large chunk of the building's energy needs since July 2008.

    "We have a 400-kilowatt installation on Google's main campus that delivers clean and affordable power," said Google spokesman Jamie Yood. Over the first 18 months of the project, he said, the Bloom Box has functioned 98 percent of the time.

    The Bloom Boxes are not at a data center site, but early investment in renewable energy solutions pays off in goodwill to show willingness to take risks.

    We’ll see if the Greenpeace effort gains momentum or not, but it would have been harder for Greenpeace to attack Facebook if it could have made statements like Google and eBay.

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    Monday
    Feb222010

    Data Center Humor, Devotion to Duty

    One of my readers sent this link to Devotion of Duty.  Enjoy.

    devotion_to_duty[1]

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    Monday
    Feb222010

    Technical Peak behind the IBM and Johnson Controls Partnership for Smarter Buildings

    IBM has a press release released today on its partnership with Johnson Controls for Smarter Buildings.  The partnership extends an effort started in 2007 in data centers to any buildings.

    IBM and Johnson Controls Join Forces to Make Buildings Smarter

    Combined Offering to Enhance Energy and Operational Efficiencies

    LAS VEGAS, - 22 Feb 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), today announced a new relationship to create a new era of smarter buildings.  Together, the companies will team to provide a Smart Building Solution that can improve operations and reduce energy and water consumption in buildings worldwide.

    Building on an existing relationship formed between the two organizations in 2007 to create energy efficient datacenters, this new offering benefits any building or portfolio of buildings.  Johnson Controls will combine its global leadership in energy efficiency and sustainable services and technologies with IBM's global leadership in software, hardware and services.  The result will help clients address the growing pressure they face to improve energy and asset management performance across their enterprises.

    I was in the press room when Al Zollar and Rich Lechner made the announcement.  I wasn’t that excited as I didn’t have enough details to write a blog entry.  But, It is interesting the way some press reported.

    GreenTechMedia has this.

    IBM and Johnson Controls Team Up: Bad News for Building Start-Ups?

    The giant of computing and the giant of building management are pals.

    It's one step closer to the merger of building systems and IT systems. But it could be scary for start-ups and others promoting building management software.

    Steve Evans from Computer Business Review reports.

    Rich Lechner, VP, energy and environment for IBM, said that more intelligent building management systems are vital to future growth as well as the environmental benefits.

    "Smart buildings are the cornerstone of our strategy to deliver a smarter infrastructure. They are critical to the long-term environmental and economic sustainability of cities around the world," he said. "This is not just about reducing waste, it's about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enabling the infrastructure to support the dramatic growth in urbanisation that we're seeing."

    This may seem scary for those like Hara Software. 

    I had a chance to wander the showroom floor and asked more questions from the Johnson Controls group.  Did a little Google Searching, then found something that didn’t get reported in the IBM announcement.  The Johnson Controls solution is built on their Oct 2008 acquisition of GridLogix.

     

    Gridlogix was acquired by Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) effective on October 16. We are now part of the largest global provider of integrated products, systems and services for commercial, industrial and residential buildings. With over 500 locations in more than 125 countries, Johnson Controls creates quality indoor environments that are energy efficient, safe and comfortable. To learn more about Johnson Controls, please visit www.johnsoncontrols.com.

    As one of the Johnson Controls explained they are working to abstracting all the building management systems with their offering and enabling fault detection in addition to data feeds.

    Anyone who wants to work with John Controls building management solution can gain much of what IBM has from a technical standpoint.  Note this commitment from Johnson Controls to open standards.

    Systems Integration

    Building Image

    Whether you need open systems protocol integration, propriety building automation integration or a custom integration solution, Johnson Controls has the technological depth and facilities management expertise to meet your business needs.

    Open Systems Standards

    The Metasys® building management system was designed from the ground up with open standards of communications in mind. Whether your needs demand BACnet, BACnet MSTP, LonWorks, Modbus, N2, XML, Web Services or OPC, Johnson Controls can provide you with a complete integrated solution.

    Proprietary Standards
    The Metasys platform provides a wide array of paths to integrate propriety protocols and systems from most major manufacturer’s equipment, including Honeywell, Siemens, Andover, CSI, Invensys, Trane, and others.

    Some numbers quoted today by IBM sound just like GridLogix results from their 2008 website.

    Information Management for Sustainability
    Gridlogix provides your organization with the tools for sustaining your enterprise. More than going "Green", Gridlogix helps you continuously cut wasteful costs, prolong the life of your facilities’ equipment, and maintain a comfort level throughout your enterprise. With Gridlogix's Automated Enterprise Management solution, Gridlogix empowers anyone in your organization with the real time data that allows your organization to improve the efficiency of your facilities, typically reducing energy and maintenance costs by 10-20% with a payback of less than 18 months. Gridlogix delivers the best form of Green Energy, conservation.

    Here is a video of GridLogix system.

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    Friday
    Feb122010

    Taking a short blogging break, back Feb 22, 2010 attending IBM’s Pulse 2010 event in LV

    I have reached over 1,100 blog posts and it is increasingly easy to write on the Green Data Center topic, but it is winter break for my kids and we’ll be skiing with three different families over a week, so work and blogging is going to take a back seat for the next week.

    Thanks for adding this blog to your RSS Reader.

    Be back in a week.

    -Dave Ohara

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