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    Friday
    Sep042009

    IBM Launches Water Smart Grid

    From the first day I started this blog I had a topic category for Water, and one of the companies I was amazed to see the importance of water is IBM.  They have a youtube video created for Australia and New Zealand where water is treated as a more valuable resource than the US.

    And News.com has a headline story on the topic of IBM, Smart Grid, Water.

    IBM plunges into the 'smart grid for water'

    by Martin LaMonica

    Even as billions of dollars are being spent around the world to modernize the electricity grid, the systems to delivery fresh water are also in desperate need of a 21st century upgrade.

    IBM is developing a portfolio of IT-related water management technologies, a business that it estimates can total $20 billion within five years. At a water conference next week, IBM and Intel will be forming a working group to study how information and technology can be used to improve water management, according to IBM.

    The goal is to sketch out the technical architecture required to more efficiently use fresh water, only one percent of the available water on Earth.

    Water systems even in developed countries like the U.S. are notoriously outdated, with faulty pipes--some of them still made of wood--result in 25 percent to 45 percent lost water. That means high-tech approaches, such as using sensors to gauge water quality, are a tough sell to cash-strapped municipalities, most of which are more concerned with maintaining the basic infrastructure.

    IBM is betting, though, that fresh water will have more value attached to it from the public, governments, and corporations.

    If you are looking for alternatives to an IBM army of consultants for water solutions.  I have a post I wrote about OSIsoft’s solution for power plants.

    Monitoring Water Use at a Power Station

    I just blogged about water use at a electric power plant.  I mentioned the article to OSIsoft’s Martin Otterson, and he pointed me to a solution for measuring water use at power plant.

    Pin-pointing water usage
    April 2009

    Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology is helping E.ON UK to accurately monitor and measure treated water usage, thus allowing trending and analysis to formulate target values at its Kingsnorth dual-fired power station. Using Emerson’s Rosemount wireless transmitters, E.ON is now able to collect flow measurement data from new flowmeters installed throughout the turbine hall. The self-organising wireless network delivers the data for trending in an OSIsoft PI historian which helps personnel monitor water usage within the system.

    Solution evaluation
    E.ON Kingsnorth, a 1940 MW generating facility located on the Medway Estuary in Kent needed a solution to monitor and measure water usage within its main plant. They decided to install new non-intrusive ultrasonic flowmeters to carry out this task. The high cost of wiring associated with a conventional cabled solution and a desire to embrace the very latest networking technology led E.ON to evaluate wireless technologies that could meet their needs.
    “E.ON is keen to adopt the very latest technology to help improve productivity, efficiency and availability, and wireless technology provides the ideal networking solution to access the flow measurement data from the turbine building without having to install new cabling," said Chet Mistry, team leader, E.ON UK.

    Emerson’s wireless transmitters provide access to flow readings from non-intrusive ultrasonic flowmeters

    Emerson’s wireless transmitters provide access to flow readings from non-intrusive ultrasonic flowmeters

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    Thursday
    Sep032009

    Google Search “data center construction companies”, Turner Construction only 1 in top 10

    Going through my site traffic I saw a hit to my Mike Manos post regarding his comments on data center construction through google search.  The search was for

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    The top ten were the following.  #2 is Turner Construction. #8 is my blog entry about Mike talking about data center construction. out of 30,500,000.

    Does this seem strange that Turner Construction was the only data center construction company that can figure out how to create a website that can answer this simple specific Google Search?

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    Wednesday
    Sep022009

    Green Data Center Degree Launched by IBM at Community College

    Greener Computing has an article on IBM’s efforts to educate future data center staff.

    ARMONK, NY — A new, two-year associate's degree from the Metropolitan Community Collegein Omaha, Neb., is being touted as the first of its kind to give students an intensive focus on designing and managing green data centers.
    The program was launched today in cooperation with IBM, and will offer students coursework on virtualization and server consolidation, energy efficiency, security and compliance skills. The training center is built on IBM hardware, software and online training resources.

    If you can’t make it Omaha, NB the degree is available for remote students.

    The online component was developed between the MCC and IBM's Academic Initiative, a project that provides online training to more than 3,000 schools worldwide. As a result, the courses in MCC's green data center program will be offered online to remote students.

    "We're seeing a dramatic increase in demand here in Nebraska for specialists who understand how to help companies reduce the costs associated with running an energy-intensive data center," said Tom Pensabene, Dean of Information Technology of Metropolitan Community College. "Now, our students are getting exposure to leading edge IBM technologies, increasing their chances of being hired for jobs in this growing area."
    Among the courses on offer in the program are:

    • Hardware, Disaster Recovery, & Troubleshooting;
    • Introduction to Data Center Management;
    • Virtualization, Remote Access, & Monitoring• Data Center Racks & Cabling;
    • Building a Secure Environment;
    • Applied Data Center Management;
    • Networking Security; and
    • Data Center Internship

    The college we site for the degree is here.

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    Wednesday
    Sep022009

    Canadians Pitch Data Center Location to Reduce Costs

    Canada’s “The Globe and Mail” has an article on data centres.

    Technology for Tomorrow
    Business seek ways to reduce data centre costs

    As software-as-service, cloud computing and streaming Internet services grow, companies big and small face exorbitant electricity costs

    Ian Harvey

    Globe and Mail updateTuesday, Sep. 01, 2009 08:39AM EDT

    When crude oil goes up, drivers can shop around for gas but when it comes to electricity, businesses are subject to paying high rates because most operate during daylight hours when prices peak. They can't simply up and move our homes or businesses to the cheapest energy location.

    One major headache for business are data centres, those special secured and cooled rooms with rack upon rack of monolithic black towers humming away amidst a tangle of cables that consume vast amounts of electricity.

    “Up to 30 per cent of energy costs in a business can come just from the servers,” says Bill St. Arnaud, Chief Research Officer at CANARIE (Canada's Advanced Internet Development Organization). “And if that's dirty power – from coal or oil – under Carbon Tax legislation proposed in the U.S. it could be triple the cost it is now.”

    The article sites a variety of industry experts and facts to educate the reader on data centre issues. Then closes with a pitch for Canada vs. NY’s Buffalo win of Yahoo.

    Similarly, Yahoo is building a 200,000 square foot datacentre outside Buffalo because it will save $100-million over 15 years by accessing Niagara Falls' sustainable and affordable hydro. They're also planning to offset cooling costs by using the frigid Buffalo winter air.

    Canada has many suitable locations, says Mr. St. Arnaud, pointing to our abundance of hydro, cold climate, deep lakes and river, political and geographic stability.

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    Monday
    Aug312009

    Mobile Network Data Centers can save 42% Energy

    GigaOm Pro references a Pike Research report that says 42% energy can be saved in the mobile network data centers.

    Report: How Mobile Networks Can Cut Carbon This content requires a paid GigaOM Pro subscription

    Summary:

    This Pike Research report focuses on the direct impact of green technologies and practices as applied to mobile telecommunications networks, with an emphasis on the opportunity to reduce carbon emissions from network operations. Within mobile networks, base stations and switching centers consume 70-80 percent of an operator’s network energy usage, so improvements here are critical.

    The summary continues.

    As operators concentrate on improvements in radio frequency (RF) amplifiers, new network architectures and topologies, fresh air cooling solutions and the use of sustainable energy solutions for off-grid locations, Pike Research believes that a significant opportunity exists to dramatically improve the efficiency and environmental impact of mobile networks. Our analysis indicates that there are sufficient technology and process improvements that could reduce 2013 infrastructure emissions by at least 101 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), a decrease of 42 percent from business-as-usual (BAU) trendlines. Other key factors supporting this trend include government emissions mandates in most parts of the world, along with operators’ increasing shift away from capex-only business case analysis to a total cost of ownership (TCO) approach for purposes of calculating return on investment (ROI) for major infrastructure upgrades. This report examines some of the key opportunities and business case scenarios for achieving these reductions.

    The Pike Research report web site has more details.

    Green Telecom Networks

    Energy Efficiency, Renewable Power, and Carbon Emissions
    Reductions for Fixed and Mobile Telecommunications Networks

    Green TelecomEnergy consumption is one of the leading drivers of operating expenses for both fixed and mobile network operators.  Reliable access to electricity is limited in many developing countries that are currently the high-growth markets for telecommunications.  At the same time, many operators have adopted corporate social responsibility initiatives with a goal of reducing their networks’ carbon footprints, and network infrastructure vendors are striving to gain competitive advantage by reducing the power requirements of their equipment.  All of these factors will continue to converge over the next several years, creating significant market potential for greener telecom networks.

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